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Buffalo hides #7464501
01/18/22 09:30 AM
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My neighbor says he found a place that makes buffalo jerky, that'll sell raw buffalo hides for $50. This seems pretty cheap, bur how hard would it be to home tan them? I've home tanned stuff before, but only small stuff. Am I going to break my back and my mind trying to get one soft, or can it be done at home?

Re: Buffalo hides [Re: loosegoose] #7464503
01/18/22 09:33 AM
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Unless you have nothing else to do but work a hide all day every day for days on end, don't even try it. It will never be soft. Even shaving it thin enough to tan properly will be a nightmare without a shaving machine. Frankly, $50 is more than they're worth.

Re: Buffalo hides [Re: loosegoose] #7464511
01/18/22 09:42 AM
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Here's a neat blog write up on one tanner's experience brain tanning a robe. Definitely a lot of work.

https://www.nanawaya.com/post/braintanning-a-buffalo-robe

Re: Buffalo hides [Re: loosegoose] #7464525
01/18/22 09:59 AM
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Very Good Read k snow


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Re: Buffalo hides [Re: loosegoose] #7464543
01/18/22 10:23 AM
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When they say raw, they mean it. they are "wet" and dirty.
These are penned animals for the most part and will have stanchion rubs on them and need a lot of cleaning up on both sides to be ready to process.
The leather will be up to an inch thick in places and needs to be shaved to ensure a complete tan and soft hide.
this is not a project to take on as a rookie. Not saying do not do it, but learn on something like a beaver and then go from there.

Re: Buffalo hides [Re: loosegoose] #7464554
01/18/22 10:37 AM
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Buffalo hides are worth what cow hides are, Nothing

Re: Buffalo hides [Re: loosegoose] #7464565
01/18/22 10:48 AM
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I worked a yearling Buffalo hide a couple years ago and it was exactly as described. Multiple days of thinning and scraping followed by hours of working the tanning solution in and breaking the hide and mine is still cardboard like in spots.


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Re: Buffalo hides [Re: loosegoose] #7464580
01/18/22 11:06 AM
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To expensive they can be bought for cheaper I have seen them for half that and even under as the get beat up. As far as tanning them i tried one when I was a young man and it made a great piece of plywood.

Re: Buffalo hides [Re: danvee] #7464593
01/18/22 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by danvee
To expensive they can be bought for cheaper I have seen them for half that and even under as the get beat up. As far as tanning them i tried one when I was a young man and it made a great piece of plywood.

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Re: Buffalo hides [Re: loosegoose] #7464615
01/18/22 11:28 AM
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There is something besides the goose that is loose if you take on a project like home tanning a Buffalo hide!! Your name should be loosescrew!! LOL


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Re: Buffalo hides [Re: loosegoose] #7464625
01/18/22 11:40 AM
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Five of us went on a buffalo hunt. We shot 5 buffalo. We wanted to have the hides tanned and consulted a local tannery. The guy there said if we could bring the hides in all fleshed, they would tan them.
Only one of us had the equipment to flesh them. Me. I fleshed all five hides, which was not like fleshing a fur bearer or a bear hide. I would never do it again. I delivered the hides to the tannery guy.
About 2 months later we got the hides back. The tannery guy said a deals a deal, but don't ever bring me a buffalo hide again.


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Re: Buffalo hides [Re: loosegoose] #7464644
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I believe your tanning project would cause you to hate the guy that sold you the pelt! I hated working on buffalo/bison in my taxidermy shop. I jacked the price so high that, thankfully, I only got to do the occasional wooly beast. As stated, these hides would very likely be in horrible shape, plus so thick with manure and whatnot (do you have burdock in your area???) The last one I priced was a monstrous old bull, it had burdock so thick in its shaggy head and neck that it would have taken me many, many hours to deal with them.....or many, many $$ to pay the tannery to deal with them. It also had scores of pounds of manure caked in the hair. All that plus the usual gore you'd expect from a massive fresh-dead beast that was skinned by the farmer that was in a big hurry to get the carcass to the butcher. I honestly don't remember what I quoted the guy, but it must have impressed the heck out of him because he told several people that I wanted way too much money to get any work from him. I smiled and smiled.


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I did 2 elk hides in the shop soft tan and a buffalo I scraped and salted to send to the tannery and another for a mount.


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Re: Buffalo hides [Re: loosegoose] #7464694
01/18/22 12:55 PM
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Also, they butcher buffalo year round. Just because you want a cushy winter hide, doesn't mean you're not gonna get a short hair rubbed summer hide.

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Y'all guys have no sense of humor. Should have told him to jump on that deal. grin

Re: Buffalo hides [Re: TurkeyWrangler] #7464842
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Originally Posted by TurkeyWrangler
Y'all guys have no sense of humor. Should have told him to jump on that deal. grin

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Re: Buffalo hides [Re: grumpa] #7464855
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Originally Posted by grumpa
Also, they butcher buffalo year round. Just because you want a cushy winter hide, doesn't mean you're not gonna get a short hair rubbed summer hide.

You got that right. A few years ago, a local ranch had a few get free and they shot them not too far from me. A friend said I could have the hides, so I went to the farm. The guy skidded the buffalo out with a skid steer, and they were worn down to the hide. No thank you.

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In my opinion, if you want a tanned Buffalo hide for what ever purpose, I think you should buy one already tanned and ready to use. Shop around on the internet and you will find all sorts of Buffalo hides for sale - various sizes, various quality, various prices. Should be able to find what you are looking for.

The advantage of buying already tanned - you know what the finished hide looks like!! No work, no gamble on the tanning, etc. more expensive but worth it in the long run.


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Re: Buffalo hides [Re: loosegoose] #7464894
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A few years ago a fella I knew was going on a buffalo hunt in MT. Offered to sell the hide for a $100. Me not really knowing anything and wanting a tanned hide called my taxidermist friend. He said heck I got 6 hides in the freezer, I'll give you one. He tanned it for $300. Turned out awesome!


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I kinda figured it would be too much work. I don't really want one, but my neighbor was all over it until I told him it would probably turn out to be a stinking hairy piece of plywood grin

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