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Deerskins into Buckskins Book

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The only book that gives step-by-step instructions for tanning with all natural materials like animal brains, soap or eggs. Make clothing and leather goods from deer, elk, moose, goat or antelope hides. Brain-tanned buckskin is an excellent material for clothing - it's soft, durable, washable and warm. History of the art, obtaining hides, skinning, storing, making clothing, more.
  • Over 130 photos and illustrations
  • Richards
  • 5-3/8" x 8-3/8"
  • 158 pp.
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Table of Contents

What exactly is a Buckskin?
A Bit of History
Why Buckskin?
The Nature of Skin
How Tanning Works
Obtaining Hides
Storing Hides
Tools You Will Need
The Basic Method
   Making a Smoking Sack
Tanning Reference
Using Nature's Tools
Hide Glue
Making Stuff
   Getting It Ready
   Clothing Styles and Concepts
   Simple Tailoring Tips
   Working With Buckskin
   Clothing Construction
   Washing Buckskins
   Thank You's
Resource Directory

Excerpt From Page 60
   Mucus removal is a cleansing process. Part of that process is to thoroughly rinse the mucus and alkalinity out of the hide. This takes some time because hides are very tightly woven. Alkalis seek balance with any solution they are in. If you put a hide in a tub of plain water the alkalis will leave the hide and enter the water until the water and the moisture in the hide are of the same alkalinity. In a five gallon bucket, the hide and water will reach their equilibrium at a point that is still much too alkaline. So you have to change the water as many as eight to ten times over the course of one to two days. This is the hard way to go about rinsing. In moving water that alkalinity gets whisked away by the current so the hide will release all of its alkalinity and do it faster until it is the same pH. as the creek. Unless you are rinsing an industrial quantity of hides, the creek is too tiny or it soon empties into small pond; it will not adversely affect the creek. The amount of alkalinity is small and the dilution factor large.
   If you don't have access to abundant moving water you should think about moving. Until then you can use weak acids in a bucket of water to rinse and neutralize the hide. As the alkalinity leaves the hide, it combines with the acids to form water and mineral salts. As long as there is still some acidity in the water, the alkali will continue to exit the skin.
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