Brain Tanning Hides

Brain Tanning Hides

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    Brain Tanning Hides

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    In Gibson v. Commonwealth, 237 Ky. 33, 34 S.W.2d 936 (1936), the High Court stated:  “[I]t is the tradition that a Kentuckian never runs.   He does not have to.”

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    In Gibson v. Commonwealth, 237 Ky. 33, 34 S.W.2d 936 (1936), the High Court stated:  “[I]t is the tradition that a Kentuckian never runs.   He does not have to.”

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    I have never tried to tan a hide. That is one skill that I would like to learn in the next couple of years. Thanks for sharing the links.
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    My pleasure!

    Just think not all that long ago "store bought clothing" was rare
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    That's something I'd really like to learn. My daddy was an expert in tanning & leather craft. He could make almost anything leather. But, he was killed by a drunk driver when I was 9yr old and I never learned how to work with hides & leather.

    Thanks for the post.

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    It really is my pleasure to share what I can with those who likewise are interested in these skill sets. Like guns we hope we never NEED them but comforting to have them if/when we do.
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    One thing to remember when you have a brain tanned skin. You can ask more money for brain tanned skin items. Brain tanning has more steps in the tanning process so you can charge more without feeling guilty about it. Years ago I scored a beautiful pouch done up in red wool felt and deer toe trim that was brain tanned and handmade.
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    Not only that but there's a real good reason it's called 'brain tanned' in the first place some folks might not know.

    When the animal is killed after skinning it and during butchering you need to harvest the brain. Set the brains aside for at least 3 days till they are good and ripe according to one tanning recipe I read around 25 years ago. When the brains are good and ripe you work them into the hide (while trying not to puke). That's all I remember.

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    The Algonquian in Virginia would place the tanned hides in the rafters of their shelters for a year or two. The smoke from the fire mixed with the brain tan to make the hides more waterproof.
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