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Tan Your Hide! Book

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How to tan leather and fur at home, including old-time Indian tricks. Equipment, chemicals, die making, even patterns for leather crafts. Hobson, 6" x 9", 133 pp.
PART I Home Tanning Leathers & Furs
Home Tanning: Pro & Con
  &nbspWhat You'll Need
  &nbspTanning or "Tawing"
  &nbspLeather or Fur?
  &nbspSelecting the Hide
Tanning Fur
  &nbspSteps to Tanning Furs
  &nbspTest for Tanning
  &nbspFormulas for Tanning Fur Skins
Tanning Leather
  &nbspThe Fifteen Steps
  &nbspFormulas for Loosening Hair Roots
  &nbspTo Tan Sole Leather
  &nbspIndian Buckskin
  &nbspTanning Snakeskin
Treatment for Leathers and Furs
  &nbspDyeing Leather
  &nbspDying furs
  &nbspPreserving Leather
  &nbspWaterproofing Shoes
  &nbspTo Deodorize Furs
Two Very Old Tanning Recipes
Sources for Chemicals" Materials & Tools

PART II Working with Leather
Leather Good from Home-Tanned Leather
  &nbspQualities of Leather
  &nbspHand Tools
  &nbspBasic Handworking Techniques
  &nbspObtaining Tools & Supplies
Projects and Patterns
  &nbspLeather Projects
  &nbspFur Skin Projects

Excerpt from page 79
  &nbspIn reading Phyllis Hobson's directions for tanning in the first part of this book you have learned, if there was ever any doubt, that the tanning of leather from animal skins requires a tremendous amount of work. And yet, there are many sound reasons for tanning at home including the low dollar cost for finished leather or fur and the satisfaction of having taken hunting or trapping one step further than is commonly done.
  &nbspAnd perhaps the most important reason is that home tanning brings one closer toward using all the products from an animal which was hunted and killed -- helping to divorce that act from any pure "sport" association and giving it more ecological and moral justification, in that little is wasted and the goal of hunting becomes self -sufficiency.
  &nbspThe logical next step for a hunter and home-tanner is to use leather he has tanned to fashion useful articles. If you have invested the time and trouble to tan leather, you are well on your way to total involvement with something you make yourself from scratch. It is the same sort of involvement which is felt by a woodworker who cuts a tree, mills the lumber and builds a fine piece of furniture. That furniture and your leather articles become personalized extensions of the one who crafted them.
  &nbspThere are many useful articles of clothing and accessories which may be made of leather. The purpose of this part of Tan Your Hide is to give information on how to make various articles from the leathers you have tanned using Phyllis Hobson's directions, although the same skills are applicable to commercial leathers.
  &nbspAs Mrs. Hobson has explained, leather can be tanned in several ways and leathers, even from animals of the same species, can be quite different depending on many variables: the age of the animal the time of year of the skinning, as well as the type of tanning agent and finish used and how they are employed. Skins can be fur skins finished,,sueded,,dyed, left undyed, waxed, oiled and so on. It certainly sounds confusing.
  &nbspBut take heart. A use can be found for any leather you tan, for leather goods are made from all weights and types of leather. The skills I relate apply to all leatherwork and I've given directions for projects which use a variety of leathers.
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