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    A few more pictures. I needed to put the hides...

    A few more pictures.

    I needed to put the hides away for a few days since I wasn't going to be able to work on them. So, I rinsed them real well and wrung some of the water out of them - just so...
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    Actually, this is the kind of fleshing knife I...

    Actually, this is the kind of fleshing knife I have:
    http://www.flemingoutdoors.com/12-inch-pro-fleshing-knife.html

    It is NOT sharp, not really a knife, in that sense, and is NOT like an ulu,...
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    I would LOVE to have the grain on the neck of my...

    I would LOVE to have the grain on the neck of my hide that you have in the picture above. I could take that off in 5 minutes. My neck is solid grain with very few spots of fiber network visible.
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    Two more. First showing the valleys where...

    Two more. First showing the valleys where successful scraping has occurred. Each valley is WORK.

    http://www.wilderness-survival.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=10441&stc=1

    See several...
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    Trying some pictures

    I'm trying to post some pictures. We'll see how it goes...

    This is the neck. Still fairly slick, clean, untouched, and unscraped (unfortunately)...
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    I put it in last night. I'll see what I can do...

    I put it in last night.

    I'll see what I can do about a picture this evening. I should be able to work it.

    I'll look at it tonight (24 hours), but I was thinking late tomorrow was when I'd...
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    I suppose I'll have to try brain again, but I...

    I suppose I'll have to try brain again, but I can't find it around here. I just found lamb brain (and expensive lamb brain, at that).

    My CaOH was less than 3 a pound. Probably not great, but I...
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    Just to make sure our definitions are the same,...

    Just to make sure our definitions are the same, what exactly is hard on the thicker parts of the hide? I'm assuming that the grain just doesn't want to budge. You can remove the hair fairly easily,...
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    Also, although not "natural" what do you think...

    Also, although not "natural" what do you think about drying out really hard-to-grain places, and then taking a dremel tool with sandpaper to it? I'm thinking just enough to break the grain down a...
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    Once again, amazing. I worked for one and a...

    Once again, amazing.

    I worked for one and a half hours last night on just the neck. Not done, yet. It seems like graining a green hide, although the rest of the hide took just a few hours total...
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    One more thing about the grain-on... I'm...

    One more thing about the grain-on...

    I'm assuming it can be soft (on the flesh side) but not as stretchy? Since removing the grain seems to be what allows the hide to be soft and stretchy, I...
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    I have to agree with Rick; your explanation,...

    I have to agree with Rick; your explanation, pictures, time taken to post, and encouragement to others to try braintanning is truly amazing and appreciated.

    I have done several hides (probably up...
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    Thanks for the response. I use about a 4 inch...

    Thanks for the response.

    I use about a 4 inch PVC pipe, so I don't think that is the issue. This is (for me) a very large deer (buck, I assume). The neck is just giving me nightmares (and tennis...
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    YCC, I'm back at it! I am definitely finding...

    YCC, I'm back at it!

    I am definitely finding that the neck area is almost impossible to grain. I'm curious how hard it is for you using wood ash. I know this part of the hide is harder, but I'm...
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    Don't tell 'em! I tried 2 teaspoons of NaOH in...

    Don't tell 'em!

    I tried 2 teaspoons of NaOH in about 3 gallons of water. A full 24 hours and it seemed perfect - until I got to the neck. I put it back in for another 24 hours and it didn't seem...
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    Thanks for the response. Yes, the hair seems to...

    Thanks for the response. Yes, the hair seems to come VERY soon. I put 1 tablespoon NaOH in about 2 gallons of water at 45-50 degrees (maybe a little warmer than that...), and the hair started...
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    Bucking agent

    I don't know if anyone is still reading this thread, but first of all, YCC, this is the best description of brain tanning I've seen on the net - and I've seen a bunch. Thanks so much. I've done...
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