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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...
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    Sticky: Got about two 5-gallon buckets of red oak bark. A...

    Got about two 5-gallon buckets of red oak bark. A smith friend of mine reworked another drawknife I found for me. New handles and sharp! This bark is bitter enough for sure!...
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    Sticky: I let that hide stay in the liquor for MONTHS. I...

    I let that hide stay in the liquor for MONTHS. I lost count of how long it was in there.
    I curried it twice with a heavier oil:soap ratio and this thing fell out so soft and limp you'd swear it was...
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    Sticky: Did a little video showing a bark tanned hide,...

    Did a little video showing a bark tanned hide, and how to check the neck for strikethrough.

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    Sticky: Hey.. theres some good info on mordants.. this...

    Hey.. theres some good info on mordants.. this might be quite a valuable link! Something I need more study in!! Thanks!
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    Sticky: I understand blood mixed with the tannic liquor...

    I understand blood mixed with the tannic liquor makes the blackest of blacks.. any experience with that?
    Looks like a cool site. will take me a little bit to read it and absorb it. Thanks for the...
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    Sticky: The job I did this week has a huge black walnut...

    The job I did this week has a huge black walnut tree. The green husk contains lots of juice and it is super rich in tannic acid and stain. I got permission to collect as many black walnuts as I can...
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    Sticky: Hunter, I've heard the old sayings but didn't...

    Hunter, I've heard the old sayings but didn't know they referred to tanning. that's pretty cool.
    I wonder if/how the ammonia would affect the smoking of the skin. And reckon how long you would have...
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    Sticky: The friend on the other forum has found info...

    The friend on the other forum has found info stating that it is equivalent to "Pickling" which is the opposite of bucking, but with the same effect, EXCEPT that the enzymes left in the dung digest...
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    Sticky: I'm certain that it does something to his skin....

    I'm certain that it does something to his skin. lye water is not something to take lightly. Cut's burn like someone poured liquid fire on you.
    I would like to know what the chemical is in the bird...
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    Sticky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AS6pAWR9n4&feature...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AS6pAWR9n4&feature=related

    I think bating is gross, lmfao. This was passed along by a tanning friend on another forum. I thought it very interesting and just wanted...
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    Sticky: I would not think 2 days would be long enough to...

    I would not think 2 days would be long enough to tan completely through the hide unless it's really thin-skinned animals like rabbit. I would have to see one of these hides in cross section and see...
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    Sticky: I used the same liquor from last year and mine...

    I used the same liquor from last year and mine didn't reak.. I would think it would take quite some time and abuse (heat) before it got really bad. I have not added any vinegar to any of my liquors,...
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    Sticky: questions answered

    those are good questions. maybe I should check back over the posts to clarify. I'll do my best here to answer your questions.

    1 Brown eggs have a slightly different composition of minerals than...
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    Sticky: softened leather

    A few pics so that you can see the hand softened and staked textures. this is a finished piece, minus the waterproofing coat.
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    Sticky: got pictures of finishing, and softening...

    got pictures of finishing, and softening yesterday. will add them when I have time.
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    Sticky: RWC, for long term storage I would salt it....

    RWC, for long term storage I would salt it. There's two ways, wet, and dry.

    wet salt: no intention of keeping the hair on, lay the hide out flat, cover with salt all the way to the edges, roll up...
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    Sticky: I don't know if this is a craft, or an art, or...

    I don't know if this is a craft, or an art, or just "doin' it yourself", but it is very tactile..that might not be the right word. As soon as you start, you will feel with your hands, observe, watch,...
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    Sticky: Finishing your Leather

    I'd like to give you some kind of timeline but I just can't. I've heard of 10 day tans, but never done one. I've had one strike through in 40 days, and one take 50. This is on thin skins like deer....
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    Sticky: Preparing the Bark Liquor

    Up to this point, we've dealt with the hide itself. While you are waiting for the buck to take it's toll on the ground substance, you can work on getting your bark liquor ready.
    There are many, many...
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    Sticky: tool pics are up.. back to softening.. got one in...

    tool pics are up.. back to softening.. got one in the frame and a nice day for tanning.. more later!!
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    Sticky: Bucking solution and hide prep.

    So, you got yourself a nice clean skin from a hunter or game processor. Now you have to do a little prep work. get ready to get nasty.
    Grab your rubber gloves, and plastic apron. Get your fleshing...
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    Sticky: Making your own utility leather

    There's a lot of interest in making leather and making products for sheaths, and holsters.. lots of things. But where does that leather come from?
    Likely, you got it from a store, who got it from...
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