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Re: First Smoked Buckskin! [Re: MrsFord] #6991336
09/15/20 03:27 PM
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I brain tanned a few hides many years ago and used hog brains. The hog brains came in 1 lb packages (frozen) but I had to order a case of 12 to get them. A few of my hides came out OK but from the looks of your hides I'd say yours came out better than any of my attempts. Getting them scraped is plenty of work, then braining and stretching continuously until completely dry. After that you have one last (and your best) chance to mess up all your hard work with the smoking by getting the hide too hot. It looks like you have a great set up with that long stove pipe to help keep the smoke temperature down. Nice job!

Re: First Smoked Buckskin! [Re: MrsFord] #6991352
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Originally Posted by MrsFord
Originally Posted by Jerry Jr.
Good job. I have only tanned a couple smaller critters. Mostly with the orange bottle stuff. What do you plan to make with them?

BTW, I see you have the same hairdresser as my wife!

Thanks, Iím hoping to tan a few small critters that I have with the orange bottle stuff lol. I plan on making some clothes and maybe a bag or two with the buckskins. Once I finally get some coyotes and more deer hides Iím hoping to make a coyote fur lined buckskin jacket, probably full length.
BTW you wife has good taste in a hair dresser! laugh I do my own but still. Lol


Pretty sure tonight I will be seeing my wife with a bag or tin foil around her head. Not sure what color or colors to expect. Lol.


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Re: First Smoked Buckskin! [Re: Jerry Jr.] #6991355
09/15/20 04:00 PM
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laugh laugh laugh pretty much how it goes. Every 3-4 weeks mines a different color! Lol good times!


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Re: First Smoked Buckskin! [Re: EdP] #6991410
09/15/20 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by EdP
I brain tanned a few hides many years ago and used hog brains. The hog brains came in 1 lb packages (frozen) but I had to order a case of 12 to get them. A few of my hides came out OK but from the looks of your hides I'd say yours came out better than any of my attempts. Getting them scraped is plenty of work, then braining and stretching continuously until completely dry. After that you have one last (and your best) chance to mess up all your hard work with the smoking by getting the hide too hot. It looks like you have a great set up with that long stove pipe to help keep the smoke temperature down. Nice job!

Thank you. I have heard of getting frozen pig brains just havenít gone that far lol. There is definitely an art to it! Scraping is key! A lot of work but I really enjoyed the whole process. I researched over a month, read a lot and watch tons of videos to figure out what would work best for me, I used a very dull homemade fleshing knife that made removing the grain layer so much more work lol which is why there are some lighter stripes in it, have a real fleshing knife now so Iím hoping for even better results this year! The braining and stretching is definitely painstaking but so rewarding when it was done( my dad told me he had tried when he was younger and it didnít turn out as well) the smoking was the scariest part and it took me almost 9 months to actually do it. Lol. I had a squirt bottle just in case the punk wood actually caught fire, the long pipe definitely helped and the ďskirtĒ (I used denim) kept the hide from touching anything. Ironically that was actually the easiest part! Iím excited to smoke my other 2 hide now lol. Thanks again. smile


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Re: First Smoked Buckskin! [Re: MrsFord] #6991442
09/15/20 06:10 PM
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Nice job MrsFord ! I've got a batch ready to smoke , just have to make the time lol .

Re: First Smoked Buckskin! [Re: VH60] #6991455
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Wow! Thatís quite the stack!!!! Iím a little jealous! Lol. How do you close yours to smoke? Glue,sew? I tried sewing but it took forever so I ended up using my hot glue gun! laugh it actually worked beautifully and stayed together well as long as the hide didnít get too hot, which it didnít during the smoking.


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Re: First Smoked Buckskin! [Re: MrsFord] #6991481
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Glue and or staples . Quick and easy , for the most part lol

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Right on! Thanks. Forgot about staples! The one Iím trying to sack now is crazy edged! It was really thin so I had a Few issues.. Lol but Iím my defense it was my first ever Buckskin but also the braintanned and softest. Lol


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Re: First Smoked Buckskin! [Re: MrsFord] #6991856
09/16/20 07:54 AM
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If you have access to them, corn cobs are good for smoking hides. Lots of smoke and not much heat. I would think in Indiana there would be plenty to be picked up in the fields after harvest.

Re: First Smoked Buckskin! [Re: MrsFord] #6991896
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The brains don't smell much if you boil them first...


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Re: First Smoked Buckskin! [Re: EdP] #6991967
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Originally Posted by EdP
If you have access to them, corn cobs are good for smoking hides. Lots of smoke and not much heat. I would think in Indiana there would be plenty to be picked up in the fields after harvest.

Thatís good to know, thank you. Iím in brown co, more punk wood than corn in my area but still good to know smile


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Re: First Smoked Buckskin! [Re: PAskinner] #6991977
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Originally Posted by PAskinner
The brains don't smell much if you boil them first...

Didnít know that! May give that a try. smile thankfully the smell dissipated after a couple weeks but if I can avoid I will. smile


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Re: First Smoked Buckskin! [Re: MrsFord] #6991979
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Originally Posted by MrsFord
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Nice work. Takes skill.

Thank you. Just started last year but hope to make it a trade smile

That's Awesome!!!

I'd Trade for that...Beautiful work
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Re: First Smoked Buckskin! [Re: MrsFord] #6991981
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They look good. Did you dry scrape or wet scrape them?

Re: First Smoked Buckskin! [Re: MrsFord] #6991985
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Very nice!


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Re: First Smoked Buckskin! [Re: MrsFord] #6992001
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Looks like it was a successful venture!
Enjoy!

Re: First Smoked Buckskin! [Re: MrsFord] #6992039
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Loos like ya might a spilled a little tanning solution on your hair. (It wonít let me post a smiley face)

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Re: First Smoked Buckskin! [Re: MrsFord] #6992145
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Originally Posted by 330-Trapper
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That's Awesome!!!

I'd Trade for that...Beautiful work
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Thank you! Really means a lot. smile


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Re: First Smoked Buckskin! [Re: Woodsloafer72] #6992146
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Originally Posted by Woodsloafer72
They look good. Did you dry scrape or wet scrape them?

Thanks, I wet scrape them. smile


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Re: First Smoked Buckskin! [Re: Sullivan K] #6992147
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Originally Posted by Sullivan K
Loos like ya might a spilled a little tanning solution on your hair. (It wonít let me post a smiley face)

Hahahaha! That would be some awesome tanning solution! smile


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