Tanning rabbit hides

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by fortunateson, Jul 12, 2010.


  1. fortunateson

    fortunateson I hate Illinois Nazis!

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    THE FIRST TANNING SOLUTION
    When the pelts are clean and cooled (or have been defrosted, if you've been sidetracked for a while), you're ready to begin tanning. You'll first need to round up a four- to six-gallon plastic container (a wastebasket or bucket will work fine). Then pour two gallons of room-temperature (about 70°F) water into the pail, and add either — but not both — of the following recipes. (Each formula will be adequate to tan six to nine medium-sized pelts.)
    TANNING RECIPE NO. 1:
    SALT/ALUM
    1 cup of coarse or granulated salt ( not iodized)
    1 cup of common alum (aluminum sulfate or any of several similar double sulfates), powdered or granulated
    TANNING RECIPE NO. 2:
    SALT/ACID
    1 pound of coarse or granulated salt (about 1-3/4 cups)
    1 ounce of full-strength sulfuric acid, or 4 ounces (1/2 cup) of battery acid (dilute sulfuric acid)
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    HOW TO TAN RABBIT HIDES
     
  2. SLugomist

    SLugomist Monkey++

    So what do you do after you've added the pelts to recipe 1 or 2?

    You can't just hang it out to dry?

    I'm in a mood tonight, so let's go...I find it hard to believe the Cherokee or other tribes had sulfuric acid and Alum available. Soo.... how in the ....did they tan their hides? Or is tanning and drying different?
     
  3. fortunateson

    fortunateson I hate Illinois Nazis!

    I only posted part of the article with a link to the whole thing because the article covers multiple pages.

    These solutions are only step one.

    As far as primitive tanning - don't know - for sure, this ain't it.
    I remember reading that they used natural plant based tannins - the same stuff that makes tea acidic.
     
  4. SLugomist

    SLugomist Monkey++

    ok ok I'll go read the answer somewhere else. Sorry if I came off too harsh.
    I guess my point being, add the info in whole. I'm as guilty as you in doing this, but let's build this place in case your link expires or what everelse.
     
  5. Hispeedal2

    Hispeedal2 Nay Sayer

  6. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

  7. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

  8. fortunateson

    fortunateson I hate Illinois Nazis!


    An alligator has a brain the size of a strawberry.
    Just sayin'.... :)
     
  9. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    If I recall correctly, brain tanning methods are the first chapter in Naked Into The Wilderness (by John and Geri McPherson).
     
  10. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Didn't monkeyman start something on tanning? CRS today.
     
  11. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    I was thinking that too, and after seeing your post, I searched. Couldn't pinpoint anything on tanning, proper, from MM.

    Too bad he's not here right now; he could probably just walk us through it, having just completed one this weekend or something ;). He was pretty awesome that way. :cool:
     
  12. fortunateson

    fortunateson I hate Illinois Nazis!

    That is pretty darn simple. Wonder how it comes out compared to Acid/Alum
     
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