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Deerskins into Buckskins

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<ul type="circle">America's best selling tanning guide, now on video!
  • Crucial if you don't have access to hands-on instruction
  • Helps you see how to do each step of the wet-scrape process      
  • Up-to-date with the latest info and most efficient methods
  • More than two hours of detailed, expert, step-by-step instruction

    Two years in the making, this video is easily the most detailed, comprehensive and easy to follow guide to brain tanning. Novices get to see what each step looks like: what it looks like when the grain is coming off properly, how much effort goes into softening, what different odd textures on the skin mean, what good, pumping smoke looks like and on and on. This kind of stuff is incredibly helpful in learning this tactile art.

    Experienced tanners will appreciate learning the tweaks and improvements that Matt has learned in the six years since he wrote Deerskins into Buckskins (and received ideas and feedback from thousands of tanners); including the 15 minute step that makes a whole series of improvements in the process (easier, more thorough brain penetration, easier to soften hides, and hides that turn out incredibly, incredibly, soft in the end). We guarantee that you'll learn a lot from this video!

    DVD Special Features

  • Chapter menu so you can go directly to any step (great for quickly referencing information)
  • Quick-links to recipes and charts
  • About the Actor

    Matt Richards has been tanning and teaching tanning for a living for 18 years. By combining practical experience with a study of leather chemistry and native traditions he has found numerous ways to help you tan your hides more easily and with better results.

    Special Features

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    Product Details

    • Actors: Matt Richards
    • Directors: Matt Richards
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
    • Language: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      NR
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    • Studio: Traditional Tanners
    • DVD Release Date: December 28, 2004
    • Run Time: 140 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00024JBWM
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,893 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    I found the video very informative and helpful in learning how to make buckskins. It really shortened the learning curve by giving step by step instructions and tips on how things are done. I would recomend this material to anyone interested in learning this skill.

    Chuck
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    I have read the Deerskins into Buckskins book by the same author and the book is very good but the DVD is 100 time better!! Matt goes through every step in the process showing you the right way to do it and how to correct mistakes. He also shows alternatives methods for the steps that allow it like using soap and oil or eggs as replacements for brains. He also shows all of the little things that are hard to describe in words like how the hide should look at the end of each step or how much pressure to use when stretching the hide. I can't wait to get out and try making buckskin again!

    I have seen similar DVDs marketed to this audience that look like nothing more than home movies but this DVD is very well done. I noticed some skipping (brief halts) during the opening title but after that the DVD played fine. The audio and picture were very clear and Matt was always easy to understand. My wife is not into brain tainning but she watched the DVD with me and said it was like watching the Discovery Channel. I would call that pretty high praise.
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    The DVD is a great companion to Matt's book. The video lets you see things that the book just can't convey. I would probably choose the book over the DVD if I had to choose one or the other, but I think it really just comes down to personal style of learning. My advice would be to get both if you can afford it. Even if you have never tanned a buckskin, either one will teach you how to get the job done from start to finish.
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    This a great accompaniment to the book!! I got his book (which is top-notch!) but my first couple hides didn't come out right. I finally decided to buy the DVD so that I could see all the steps and correct whatever I was doing wrong. Not everyone needs to see the DVD but for me it was very good to be able to see all the steps, and watch him go though tanning a complete hide so that I could replicate that. This DVD is very well done and not like some home-shot videos that you may get elsewhere.
    I HIGHLY RECOMEND THIS RESOURSE (get the book though as well).
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    I had the bright idea to try tanning for the first time over the Christmas holidays. I read all I could find and bought this video. If you want to see step by step what to do, this is a good video. We ended up using the Lutan-F tanning process but this video was very helpful to watch the steps regardless of the chemicals or natural process used. Matt is pretty entertaining.
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    Fits nicely with Matt's dvd. You get the visual along with the details of the book. The second edition portion is worth the price of the book. I have brain tanned with the native Americans useing primitive tools and Matt has made it easier even though the process is pretty much the same. Highly recommend both.
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    If you watch this and read the book, then you can't go wrong. I have done two hides, and they turned out great. All we need now is a tutorial on how to tan with the hair on, and we will be cooking with gas.
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    In this DVD Matt Richards helps by telling you how to fix your mistakes and he doesn't make the video super long by showing you every tiny detail he just shows enough information to help you tan a hide.
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