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Blue Mountain Buckskin: A Working Manual for Dry-Scrape Brain-Tan Paperback – August 1, 2004


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  • Paperback: 137 pages
  • Publisher: Backcountry Publishing; 2nd edition (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965867218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965867214
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Matt Richards on October 8, 2005
Jim Riggs originally wrote this book in 1979, on a typewriter, and published it himself. And although he never sold it through the traditional book trade, he sold tens of thousands of copies. Why? Because it was the first book to really teach people in a detailed step-by-step manner, how to 'brain tan': the method used by Native Americans and American pioneers to make garment leather, and still the most practical way for you to successfully make really good leather in your own backyard.

Riggs made and wore his own buckskin daily for years before writing this book, so his instructions are both expert and very detailed about the nuances (and odd situations) that this craft can entail. His love of buckskin, sense of humor, and respect for the animals whose skins he is tanning shine through the pages.

You'll learn step-by-step through words, illustrations and photographs; how to skin, tan, and then make clothing from the hides of deer, elk or antelope. You'll learn the 'dry-scrape' method of brain tanning (there is also a wetscrape method), and you'll have a great time doing it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Beach on April 9, 2007
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Don't know why Bobbie Huff only gave it 1 star. I met and learned from Jim way back when, and he was a great teacher (not just about brain tanning, but about many other skills). This is a guy that put food on his table with his skill. He is not an armchair writer. If you know about Jim, you already own this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nope on November 12, 2007
The techniques described in the book are tried and true. Pretty good description of dryscrape. IMO, wetscraping is abit easier, and less messy.
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By Adam Gollwitzer on May 4, 2014
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Clear and thorough. Riggs covers all the major components of traditional hide tanning and offers suggestions to avoid some pitfalls along the way. I wish that I had read this when I was first starting out years ago; it would have saved me a couple mishaps. Still, a great working manual...I have learned much from this book.
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0 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bobbie J. Huff Noud on July 14, 2006
This is a great book for learning hide tanning tecnique or if you just enjoy reading. Also, it looks great laying on the end table in my hunting room.
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