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    also, the membrane is just tatty bits that cling...

    also, the membrane is just tatty bits that cling to the hide. don't worry about this so much as getting the grain off. and It must be worked from wet to completely dry. I mean DRY. so dry that when...
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    smoke it and then rebrain both posts above are...

    smoke it and then rebrain
    both posts above are correct
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    Welcome, from extreme SW GA. I make braintan...

    Welcome, from extreme SW GA.
    I make braintan buckskin and am happy to help (if you can catch me online) between busy busy busy.
  4. well, let's see. I have the cost of the bullet,...

    well, let's see. I have the cost of the bullet, and the gas to go hunting. We pretty much have all the spices already, and the electricity to run the dehydrator. I look at the grocery store and it is...
  5. @ScottG Looks real good except on that neck. Keep...

    @ScottG Looks real good except on that neck. Keep at it, it'll come off!

    @psecody I would say anything above 70 degrees is too warm. Bacteria tend to grow rapidly as temps approach 80. This year,...
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    Once it has been smoked, you can easily rebrain...

    Once it has been smoked, you can easily rebrain it and the hard parts will fall soft like the rest ;) Happy tanning!
  7. I use a drawknife with the handles straightened...

    I use a drawknife with the handles straightened to the side and it is dull enough to draw across your arm without cutting your skin. Maybe this is part of the problem? I'm not entirely sure what a...
  8. The raised places in this picture are leftover...

    The raised places in this picture are leftover grain. The grain is much more yellow than the fiber network, where it has been removed....
  9. Picture 3, above, looks right, but at that point...

    Picture 3, above, looks right, but at that point I would expect the grain to be off. What are you using to scrape?
    There is usually a definitive line where the grain is, and has been removed. Let me...
  10. A lot of the agricultural lime has additives, but...

    A lot of the agricultural lime has additives, but I think it'll work and it's a heck of a lot cheaper. A lot of my ashes are pecan, so that's great. you can't beat free!

    If you're interested in...
  11. That describes it perfectly. Toss it back into...

    That describes it perfectly.
    Toss it back into the freezer until you have time. Even with mild temps, bacteria can still grow. I'd give the CaOH a shot. That should keep bacteria at bay. It will...
  12. heck, it's worth a try! I hope you get it, man! ...

    heck, it's worth a try! I hope you get it, man!
    Just for your own reference.. I was graining what must have been a little baby yearling, really tiny hide, and still had to go down to the 4" beam to...
  13. Nope, you nailed it. It is also quite heavy...

    Nope, you nailed it. It is also quite heavy compared to buckskin. Also, you'll notice the thicker areas, like the rumps and necks take more effort. well, it's probably double the effort with the...
  14. I appreciate all the positive feedback! Thanks,...

    I appreciate all the positive feedback! Thanks, gang!

    I do hope for the success of anyone trying this, so let me see if I can touch the points scottg has presented.


    I have done several hides...
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    Sticky: Got about 6 gallons of pignut hickory bark boiled...

    Got about 6 gallons of pignut hickory bark boiled down, too. Probably 3 more gallons to be made. I shaved the bark off my bow staves, so it's double good! the tea is blood red, and I'm SOOO excited...
  16. Grain-on braintan

    Now for something a little different: Braintanned hide with the grain left intact!

    First question, "why leave the grain on?" two reasons: when smoked, the outside will still be white; The grain is...
  17. You might also want to do smaller deer until you...

    You might also want to do smaller deer until you get the hang of it. My dad killed an 11 point some couple years ago and he swore I'd never get it soft.
    But I did. It's on our bed right now as a...
  18. I do want to respond and help figure it out, so...

    I do want to respond and help figure it out, so bear with me.. I haven't had all my coffee yet this morning ;)

    Bigger deer = tougher grain, especially necks.
    I had let one stay in the buck until...
  19. I reckon I'm lucky to live in GA where primitive...

    I reckon I'm lucky to live in GA where primitive weapons are legal for taking game :D
  20. I have done that! The wood ashes will stain the...

    I have done that! The wood ashes will stain the parts of the hide where the grain was removed, but if you are using something "clean" like KOH or CaOH, you should have no risk of staining. GENERALLY...
  21. @ Rick, They are a bit slow, and bulky. As I get...

    @ Rick, They are a bit slow, and bulky. As I get better, I will try smaller darts and less fluff. I'm trying to barter for a 6' piece of river cane so I'll have to make them to fit the pipe in the...
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    It's not a forum. Just a little chat group.

    It's not a forum. Just a little chat group.
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    Wife had to work, Daughter had to work. My...

    Wife had to work, Daughter had to work. My parents are out of town. In-laws had to work. I tanned hides :D
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    Ah, Thanks :D

    Ah, Thanks :D
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    Missed a couple yesterday with the blowgun. I was...

    Missed a couple yesterday with the blowgun. I was giggling like a little girl. Was pretty fun until I had to climb a couple trees to get my darts back! (I think the squirrels were laughing, too)
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