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Post by msbraintan on 30th January 2012, 11:35 am

Hello.

Looking forward to meeting you all. I'm a wife, mom, backyard tanner and wool spinner. Passionately into working hand created textiles into something useful and lasting.

Been an animal lover from the get go, so we have a small farm on the premises. Several horses, pot belly pig, chickens, rabbits. Inside a labrador retriever, two tabby house cats, and parakeets. '

Husband and I have a good size family and live in a Christian home. I do believe we strive here to live simply and our world is extremely hectic!

Pleasure to meet likewise folk!

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Post by Lottie on 30th January 2012, 11:37 am

Hello msbraintan Very Happy

Lovely to meet you, wow you have a busy household! Can't wait to hear more about it Very Happy

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Post by Adrian on 30th January 2012, 11:37 am

Welcome msbraintan

I look forward to getting to know you

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Post by msbraintan on 30th January 2012, 11:52 am

Thanks for the warm hearty welcome!

I will try my best not to gross you all out! It is difficult to get much done with so many underfoot!

We've been working on a basement remodel recently. I've recently used some sheep shears to help store deer skins collected from local hunters. To tan later, when the weather is a bit more agreeable. I think we are very into DIY around here! Something extremely satisfying about that!

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Post by Adrian on 30th January 2012, 12:06 pm

I think that you have to work very hard to gross us lot out - feel free to post up photos and create threads about your tanning.

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Sure thing! Thanks Very Happy
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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 30th January 2012, 12:13 pm

Very keen to hear more about your tanning activities - I am a keen tanner of deer, sheep, rabbit etc skins but have only been doing it in any serious way for a year or so, so still have a lot to learn. Have a pile of deerskins and a couple of sheep fleeces salted dwon in the shed waiting for drier weather.

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Post by msbraintan on 30th January 2012, 1:49 pm

Funny avatar Wilhelm! Smile

Not sure about your weather but ours is also quite damp wet humid.. all of the above. It is definitely not a good tipi climate.. don't ask me how I know this!

In time you may also wish to modify the salt storage method. In our climates, I just don't think that this 'way' is the best. Taken me MANY MANY years to figure this out, too! Freezing isn't ideal at all for sheep skins, nor deerskins if they're not shorn! Too many insulative properties to both! I bet eventually you will find bark or vegetable tanning on the sheepskins to be ideal. I also think that only certain deerskins are best for hair on. I get some deerskins here in the fall.. (like the first ones) that are VERY short and really they are lovely.. they're more like a fur than what they soon become! The deer hair is hollow and will soon become increasingly porous and then breakage and you end up with a mess hair on.. I do like all the many leathers one can make with deerskins! So many ways you can tan them to achieve different results.. even the rawhides are just neat! It's held my fascination for many years now. I've met so many interesting people on this path. Look forward to chatting with you.
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Post by polgara on 30th January 2012, 3:33 pm

Welcome, look forward to some interesting chats.

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Post by Chilli-head on 30th January 2012, 3:39 pm

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Post by Dandelion on 30th January 2012, 4:40 pm

Looking forward to getting to know you more!

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 30th January 2012, 4:51 pm

Interesting, MsB.

I haven't tried bark tanning yet. i have done sulphuric acid, diesel and bicarb, brain and am now using an alum method. All my deer are roe and have kept their hair pretty well so far. Rabbits tend to get a bit patchier but I have lots of problems with their thin skins.

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Post by Jaded Green on 30th January 2012, 6:40 pm

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Post by msbraintan on 30th January 2012, 11:47 pm

I've done the sulfuric and the brain and the alum but have yet to use diesel and bicarb or bark! I do have some bark extract though and need to try this myself soon! The quebracho I have makes the skins a very dark red if left long enough or strong enough solution perhaps.

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 31st January 2012, 8:07 am

Diesel and bicarb is very effective, and I am assured that sometime in the next ten years or so the hides will stop smelling of diesel.

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Post by flute on 2nd February 2012, 9:13 pm

Hi! I know I'm a latecomer, but it's nice to meet you! I hope to see you around.

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