Freeze Dried Hide

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  1. randyt

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    my favorite way to process a hide is to stretch it in a frame and let it freeze dry. Then scrape the flesh side clean and if buckskin is wanted scrape the hair side clean. Then I cut it from the frame and brain it or use soap and neatsfoot oil. I like to soften it in the cold too, work it some and then let it freeze a bit, then work it some more seems to soften up easier that way. Then smoke it over a punk.

    here's one I framed up today, not sure who skinned it
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    here's my smoker
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  2. Justin Baker

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    Love your process AND your pics. thank you for sharing!
     
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    thought to add, I don't leave the hide out in the weather. this one got snowed on while I was stringing it up.
     
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    Very nice. What are you going to make with it when it is tanned?
     
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  5. randyt

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    I have a couple deer hides that I plan on leaving the hair on and will use them for ground pads for winter camping.
     
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