Re: new to this
- As far as I know it's bark only. I did this once, and grinding
the oak bark into powder was very time consuming, but it worked
well, although the skin was darkened by it.
I mixed the bark in equal portion by volume with hot water,
stirred it up, and submerged the hide in it for five days before
wringing, strectching to dry, etc.
I recommend using this on small critters due to the time needed to
powder the bark. I did three skunks in a ten gallon container, but
I've stuck with brain tanning since.
--- In email@example.com, "Keith"
> just starting out. i have been reading about bark tanning has
> done this i have a sawmill close by and i can get all the whiteand
> red oak sawdust that i want has anybody used sawdust for there
> tanning or does it have to be the bark only and i need to know how
> long you leave the hide in the mix before you start tanning. thanks
- And here I am! A lot of the furs I've tanned actually came from
roadkill, and I like to think the little critters have a measure of
immortality now as my hats, mittens, etc!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Victoria Arundell"
> hi, were seem to be the only ones here recently.
> ive never tried it but i would think that most of the tannin would
> be in the bark itself. i have no idea about the sawdust.
> my bf has tried it i think. ill get him to join and post to see if
> he can help you out.