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Deerskins into Buckskins

Matt Richards , Matt Richards  |  NR |  DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • 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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • 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 (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00024JBWM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,311 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

<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.

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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Deerskins Into Buckskins August 28, 2005
    By Chuck
    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.

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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done!! Even better than the book! December 2, 2008
    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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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Those Who Want to Try Tanning January 26, 2009
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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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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This! March 21, 2009
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    If you are looking to learn how to tan or brain tan a hide and make great buckskin, then this DVD is for you. This video is very detailed and put together well. I strongly recommend the DVD over the book.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome DVD June 30, 2014
    By Eliza
    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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    5.0 out of 5 stars Very user friendly March 18, 2014
    By Zuke
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    Matt Richards is a pretty good instructor and has made it so if you don't know anything about brain tanning you can follow very easy! If you have the DVD too it is all the better.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good March 2, 2014
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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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    5.0 out of 5 stars To read November 13, 2013
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    This was a item I needed. It is a great item and has been read quite a bit. A plus
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Your best choice for successful brain tanning.
    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. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by muskrat
    5.0 out of 5 stars Soft hides here I come.
    Great DVD. Combined with Matt's book it is the closest thing to going and doing a course with Matt himself.
    Published 12 months ago by A J Travers
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent video A++++
    Matt did a great job of putting this together. I have his book as well and this compliments that perfectly so don't have any doubts about buying both.
    Published 13 months ago by Juan
    5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
    Excellent addition to the book! It was very informative. He kept the content fun and interesting. Never was dry or boring.
    Published 14 months ago by mms
    5.0 out of 5 stars The best DVD on the artform of braintanning that I know of.
    It's a great DVD. Matt clearly outlines how to do everything. He shows you how to read the hide while softening. Read more
    Published 16 months ago by Bethany Martin
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great companion to the book
    The DVD is a great companion to Matt's book. The video lets you see things that the book just can't convey. Read more
    Published 16 months ago by EJ
    5.0 out of 5 stars A well done "how to" DVD
    I haven't tried tanning any hides with these methods yet because we are in the depths of winter, but the steps seem well explained and pretty straight forward. Read more
    Published 21 months ago by Ken Taylor
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
    There's simply no better word. Awesome. I've been skinning deer all my life, but I've never made buckskin. Read more
    Published on January 10, 2010 by M. McKenzie
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