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Old 08-16-2018, 01:16 PM   #1
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Default Tanning sheep

I've recently bought some sheep, They will be ready for next Easter.

Anyone got good advice on tanning the hide with alum?

I'll go to Google but was hoping for somethimg from someone that has experience.

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Old 08-19-2018, 11:40 AM   #2
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Nae idea if it helps, but I was recently told off for calling it tanning. Apparently it's called "tawing".



In the meantime, keep the beasties away from barbed wire
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Old 08-19-2018, 10:15 PM   #3
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I've recently bought some sheep, They will be ready for next Easter.

Anyone got good advice on tanning the hide with alum?

I'll go to Google but was hoping for somethimg from someone that has experience.

Paul.

Ready for what next Easter? Are you turning them into sheepskin bags?????
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Old 08-20-2018, 03:41 PM   #4
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Well, no point in wasting the hide. If I can use it.

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Old 08-20-2018, 06:00 PM   #5
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some possibilities: I didn't find any using alum

http://shepherdlikeagirl.com/home-sheepskin-tanning/
https://sciencing.com/tan-sheep-hides-8691011.html


And this one takes brains, literally
https://www.self-reliance.com/2016/0...ng-sheepskins/
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Old 08-21-2018, 08:24 PM   #6
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I tanned a deer skin using the brain method. Got the instructions from one of the Foxfire books. There are just enough brains in a deer to tan one deer hide. Had to soak the hide some. Used a bone from the front leg as a scraper over a log. Removed the hair at this stage. Then it was smoked with black cherry wood forming the skin around the coals like a teepee. Next was drying and softening. That was about 45 years ago. Made a vest from it. Enjoyed the meat as well.
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Old 08-22-2018, 01:27 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone,

It seems that the world wants to make fluffy sheepskin rugs, is rather a pipe bag or two. I have time hopefully I won't go mad with all the googling,.

The local hide market send all their hides to Turkey for tanning and have no clue how to actually do it.

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Old 08-22-2018, 02:13 AM   #8
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Hi,
I have done a bit of tanning in the past albeit chromium based rather than alum.
After skinning you clean the left over flesh from the hide.


The next step was to remove the hair which I accomplished by soaking the hide in a water and wood ash solution. I have tried lime but without success. After a few days the hair can be scraped off.


The hide was then soaked in the tanning mixture until it penetrated through the skin. It was then softened by applying a coat containing I suspect neatsfoot oil. Both the tanning mix and softening agent were a bought priority mixture.


I did not make bags from them however.



Hide are a mixed bag so to speak some containing flaws invisible until the work is done. You can do a lot of work and find at the end weak spots, areas of tick damage & scars etc.


I also recall specific sheep (Icelandic & New Zealand) were favoured for bags.


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Thanks everyone,

It seems that the world wants to make fluffy sheepskin rugs, is rather a pipe bag or two. I have time hopefully I won't go mad with all the googling,.

The local hide market send all their hides to Turkey for tanning and have no clue how to actually do it.

Paul.
The town I grew up in used to be the leather capital of the world, but one by one the tanneries closed down ( or burnt down) and there are no longer any working tanneries there.
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Hmmmm...cannot a 3D printer make a sheepskin bag? Yet?
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