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Old 05-17-2019, 06:03 PM   #1
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Default Conditioning an old leather bag

I have a 10 yr. old leather bag that has never been used.
the leather is pretty dry but not cracked. Can a bag like this be made serviceable? Open to all suggestions.

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Old 05-17-2019, 06:44 PM   #2
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I have a 10 yr. old leather bag that has never been used.
the leather is pretty dry but not cracked. Can a bag like this be made serviceable? Open to all suggestions.

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What kind of bag?....while watching tv one night...take it and blow warm moist breath into it for a while via the chanter stock opening...assuming it hasn't been cut for other stocks. If you want to bother...tie in a chanter stock and plug on a moose valve to facilitate blowing it up ...airtight...and slowly absorb moisture to rehydrate. I’d do it for a few hours ( over days) ..if it gets hard and stays hard for 15-20 seconds it’s likely ok...good to go ...real full tie-in and seasoning.
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My old bag is 55 and she puts on face cream and stuff in the morning and it's worked well!
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Old 05-18-2019, 03:20 AM   #4
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Re bag, yes, most likely it will be fine. Tie it on and pour a tub of seasoning in, watch in wonder as the bag absorbs almost all of it. Play ten minutes a day and most likely re-season after a fortnight or so.
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Tie it on and pour a tub of seasoning in, watch in wonder as the bag absorbs almost all of it.
I’d thot a lesser haste to the wedding approach might be advisable...and season sparingly. The OP didn’t mention the bag maker...but if ‘leather’ and only 10 years old it’s surely a ‘new tanning process’ bag only requiring a relatively small quantity.
Otherwise might be rather like squishing around playing with a semi-melted can of Crisco. Messy on a toasty day in the field.
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My old bag is 55 and she puts on face cream and stuff in the morning and it's worked well!
…and what would you like played at your funeral after she reads this?

Seriously, I'd second El Gaitero's approach. My first hide bag easily lasted through 10 years being played. It may depend on which bagmaker's process to which seasoning you should use. If It's Gannaway, you'd be wise to use their primer first.
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:11 AM   #7
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Thank you Gaitero, Calumn II and Klondike Waldo for your informative and straight forward answers. The bag is an old cowhide bag that was tied-in but never seasoned. I will definitely start with the warm air approach though it is going to take a lot of warm air to regenerate this ol' boy.

Calumn II: which brand of seasoning would you recommend?

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Old 05-18-2019, 09:41 AM   #8
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I use Robertsons in preference to Airtight, and have no meaningful experience of any other products currently going. I hasten to add that it is over twenty years since I last seasoned a cow though!


I suppose I should add that having poured the seasoning in, one should pour it back out at some stage reasonable shortly thereafter...
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Thanks Calumn II. With your guys help, I have great expectations.
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Thank you Gaitero, Calumn II and Klondike Waldo for your informative and straight forward answers. The bag is an old cowhide bag that was tied-in but never seasoned. I will definitely start with the warm air approach though it is going to take a lot of warm air to regenerate this ol' boy.

Calumn II: which brand of seasoning would you recommend?

Mr. Bolt: I leave you to your own defenses.

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Plug up the stock holes with a good fit large cork ..or tape over with duct tape...to give you a bag to blow in for a while ...; someone else I think mentioned water. Had a former student call out of the blue after a long hiatus....wanted to get his pipes going..thot the gannaway I tied on for him 10 or so years prior was shot. He came by..I stoppered the stocks and poured a half cup or so of warm water and gave it a good shake for a few minutes and dumped it off. Eeewww. But the bag held air quite well/ tight...then he seasoned a bit a few days later. Tickety boo for several more years ..then he finally got a hybrid bag.
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