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Tanned coon hide shrinkage ? #6942000
07/25/20 07:43 AM
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I sent a coon hide to the tannery, and am wondering if you think I got my hide back? My hide measured 53 " nose to tail , was 39" long as a buyer measures and was 9" wide at the base. The hide I got back is 44" nose to tail and is 32" long and 7" wide at the base. This is my first tanned hide so I don't know how much shrinkage there should be. I'd like input from someone who has had hides tanned and knows how much shrinkage is normal. I think I should contact the tannery on Monday.

Re: Tanned coon hide shrinkage ? [Re: mfergu8] #6942007
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My experience has been that there is considerable shrinkage with commercially tanned hides. I send out beaver every year to Z&L, and the returned tanned pelts are noticeably smaller. Iím 100% sure that Iím getting back my own hides. The coons Iíve had tanned also shrunk up a lot in the tanning process.

Re: Tanned coon hide shrinkage ? [Re: mfergu8] #6942018
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Your always going to loose length after tanning because its not stretched out on a board like they were when you sent it.You can stretch it back out if you really wanted to if you wanted to get mounted.

Re: Tanned coon hide shrinkage ? [Re: mfergu8] #6942058
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Yep your getting your hides back. There is shrinkage lol I've marked my hides prior to sending them out and always gotten same back from Moyle Mink


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Re: Tanned coon hide shrinkage ? [Re: mfergu8] #6942079
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Shrinkage is normal in the tanning process. That is why hides have to be blocked out before they are cut and used to make garments.


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Re: Tanned coon hide shrinkage ? [Re: mfergu8] #6942109
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20% roughly
Most folks mark their hides with a hole punch or ice pick or something similar to make sure we get the same ones sent returned


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Re: Tanned coon hide shrinkage ? [Re: traprjohn] #6942200
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If you want to restore it to a larger size it is okay to get the leather wet with a sponge and warm water, and put it back on your stretcher until dry. It will be slightly stiff after it dries but you can fix that by throwing it into a dryer with no heat and a couple of clean tennis shoes.


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Re: Tanned coon hide shrinkage ? [Re: mfergu8] #6942637
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Thanks for all the great information. I just wasn't expecting that much shrinkage. Also next time I'll mark my hides. Then there won't be any question. Thanks again for the input.

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