Posted 29 May 2008 - 09:44 PM
First I purchased the hide from the local meat locker for $40 and was able to start working with it within 3 hours of the last heart beat.
All of the excess fat and meat was removed first
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It is a great way to get some peace and quite, cause nobody wants to be around for that.
Next, drop the whole works in a barrel of water with a coffee can of barn lime mixed in. I have found that starting with warm water seems to speed up the process alot. (Thank you KAW for that)
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After 3 days in the lime the hair was ready to slip or push off, I layed a 2x6 between 2 barrels and pulled the hide over that. hide_on_barrels.JPG 240.39K 1172 downloads
It's best to do this in a shady spot, so as not to get the hide sunburned.
If everything has gone according to plan the hair should come off fairly easy, it did this time but I have had to wait close to 2 weeks before the hair would slip. I think it was because it was in the fall and it was to cold.
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After I get the hair all scrapped off I rinse the hide with the garden hose trying to get as much of the lime and hair off as possible.
Then it's back into the barrel for 24 hours with a gallon of vinagar and enough water to cover the whole hide.
(continued on nex thread)
Posted 29 May 2008 - 10:12 PM
Then it was layed out and strethed on a frame made of some old fence posts.
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The hair left on the hide is there because I was running short on time and had to quit on it.
After the hide had dried completely I was able to remove the remaining hair with a knife held perpendicular to the surface the hide and scrapped it off. I scrapped all the hair off the first hide this way, I don't recommend it, it really sucks.
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After finishing up on the hair I took a home made compass that can mark out up to a 3 foot circle, and layed out the cirlces I could cut out trying my best to avoid any weak spots in the hide that might make for some junk string later. I then used a pair of tin snips to cut those circles out while the hide was still dry.
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I will later soak those circles in water for an hour or so then temper for the better part of a day then cut a skive into string to be braided with. Maybe I can make a tutorial of that someday.
You can kinda of see in the last picture some chalky areas on the hide, I think I either didn't leave it in the vinagar long enough or I didn't do a good job of rinsing it out that last time.
Please feel free to question or critique anything I have done, like I said earlier I know I have some room for improvement.
If there is something that isn't clear please let me know, there are a few more pictures that might help.
Have a good one
Posted 30 May 2008 - 01:48 AM
I've been wanting to try this, and the pictures really help.
I do have a couple of questions.
About what size is your frame?
Just out of curiosity, was the big circle the butt? I haven't worked with many large pieces so I can' tell.
Posted 30 May 2008 - 06:28 AM
Glad you like it. The frame is 7 1/2 foot square and it could be a bit bigger, maybe 8 x 8. But this one works just good enough that I can't bring myself to change.
The big cirlce was from the neck, usually I can't cut across the whole neck like that cause of bug damage to the top line but this one was in really good shape.
Hope this helps
Posted 30 May 2008 - 06:43 AM
Thanks again, Tom
Posted 01 June 2008 - 03:29 AM
I'm going to build one and try to find a hide locally.
Posted 24 June 2008 - 11:38 PM
Posted 06 September 2008 - 09:43 AM
Question: What is the purpose of soaking the hide in a water/vinegar mix after you've slicked the hair?
Posted 16 September 2008 - 06:17 AM
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Posted 30 July 2009 - 08:45 AM
One of our members "Whitebuff" makes a nice string maker for thinner leathers, such as calf. I bought one when I was a total newbie to braiding. I learned to use the string maker in about 20 minutes. Of course, I only make small items for now - bracelets, key fobs, scarf slides and such, and I use kangaroo hide, but the method is pretty much the same for anything braided.
I still want to take a stab at braiding with calf rawhide, but I just can't find the time right now.
Posted 01 August 2009 - 05:51 PM
This thread was very helpful! Now where can i find out how to start cutting strands and braiding etc.
I agree with 'Rocking'. I'm searching the forum today because I've purchased an entire small rawhide and I need to learn about cutting it into strands. I own an Australian Strander (from Tandy Leather). It doesn't look too difficult to figure out, but I haven't used it yet. It would be great if rgerbitz would show up again with the next steps. Somebody please come tell us how to make strands out of rawhide. (Something about needing a certain moisture content?) And if you know where there's a good rawhide whipmaking tutorial, better yet. - TexasLady
Edited by TexasLady, 01 August 2009 - 05:53 PM.
Posted 17 September 2009 - 08:46 PM
Posted 17 September 2009 - 11:46 PM
thanks for that tutorial! I've heard different treemakers talk about making their rawhide before but I now have a new appreciation for what they go through!
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