Tanning hide is not a simple skill to master, but one which is worth the effort. Preserving the hides of livestock raised on the homestead or hunted to provide food allows families to make full use of the animal.
There are many different hide-tanning techniques, and the process does vary depending upon the size of the animal hide. Even animals as small as a squirrel or rabbit can provide hide pieces large enough for a small project – or even a large project if the pieces are sewn together.
The classic Foxfire series devoted an entire chapter to hide tanning in the third book, and even many years after its original publication date, still serves as an excellent directional source. The book offers an in-depth look at the alum tanning, brain tanning, bark tanning, and tanning with lard and flour processes.
Time is of the essence in hide tanning. The first step in the process is to remove all excess tissue and meat from the animal skins, and then sprinkle and spread pickling salt onto the material. Read the rest of my how to tan leather report on Off The Grid News.