leather clothes

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by Big Ron, Oct 8, 2019.


  1. Big Ron

    Big Ron Monkey++

    Has anyone here have any experience with making jackets or pants with elk or deer skins?
     
  2. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grudge Monkey

    YUP do it all the time! What would you like to know?
     
  3. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    Can offer some advice as well.
     
  4. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    The “SmokePole Monkey north of Seattle has Buck Skin getups...
     
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  5. Big Ron

    Big Ron Monkey++

    What method of preparing leather do you use? tanning wise.
     
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  6. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    Skins aren't cheap if you buy them. I too would like to learn more about tanning.
     
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  7. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grudge Monkey

    I "smoke cure" mine! The whole process is traditional and doesn't use any chemicals, so it's super easy, just time consuming!
     
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2019
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  8. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    I've never successfully done any tanning , watched a video once where , in the process , they used the brains of the animal whose hide they were tanning in a cleaning or treating process . Can someone here explain what exactly that does to aid in the process of tanning the hide ??
     
  9. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grudge Monkey

    Braining breaks down the colligens and fats from the brain of the animal and gives the hides it's suppleness and water repellentcey
    Kind of how you would use the under layer of the hide and tendons to make glue and sealants! Same idea, but different application!
    I like to boil mine with the skull and lessor bones to thicken it up and to toughen hides like pants where they need to be tough. I only treat small sections like the seat and knees/elbows this way, but its easy to add when needed, just toss the bone in the pot after you have treated what you want, and let'er go! You can also do this to really toughen up a hide, like for making a saddle, or even armor!
    Drying and curing over a smokey fire cures the hide and "sets" it for a second washing, again, a good smoke while stretched will soften it and make it really nice to work with! You can add your dye at this point during the second boiling/washing or you can brush or wipe it in during the second smoke!
     
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  10. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    I would need a tutorial, as in someone to instruct me and beat me with a 2 by 4.
     
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  11. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    I'm with you Dune,,, I'd need some hands on teaching , with the teacher standing right there telling me and explaining what I'm doing and why I'm doing it .
     
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  12. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

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  13. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

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  14. Big Ron

    Big Ron Monkey++

    I figure it would be good to make clothes from the hide. Deer or elk. I could see making gloves or some kind of moccasins also.
     
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