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From the Back Cover

Fur hats and mittens. Leather vests. Belts. Knife sheaths. Wallets. These are just a few of the things that you can make by home tanning and hand-working your own furs and leathers.

In Tan Your Hide!, Phyllis Hobson explains just what you need to tan your own leather and fur, and all the steps involved in doing it right. The end result is a handsome and durable homemade article that will last for many years.

The cost? Very little -- mainly your own labor and a few simple tools. And once you have tanned your furs and leathers, Steve Edwards explains how to make basic leather and fur products, with patterns that you can follow for certain success.

The authors tell:

* what tools and chemicals you'll need

* how to select the hide

* the steps for tanning leather and fur

* how to test for tanning

* old-time Indian tanning methods

* how to make your own dyes

* what qualities of leather to look for

* which tools you need for leatherworking

* basic leatherworking techniques

* where to find tools and supplies

About the Author

Phyllis Hobson is the author of Making and Using Dried Foods, Raising a Calf for Beef, and Tan your Hide!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 7th Printing edition (January 6, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882661019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882661018
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Phyllis Hobson is the author of several Storey Books and Garden Way Publishing titles including Satisfying Soups, Making & Using Dried Foods, Raising a Calf For Beef, and Tan your Hide! She lives in Zapata, Texas.

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118 of 119 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1998
Format: Paperback
No offense to the author, but this book just doesn't have enough detail to successfully teach you to tan a hide. I tan and teach home tanning for a living, and I regularly meet folks who have used this book as their reference and failed to produce anything remotely like leather. There is nothing inaccurate about the information but their just isn't enough detail. Tanning is a fairly simple craft, but it is very tactile and precise. You need to know the details, the ins and outs. Amazon.com sells two books that I highly recommend if you wish to learn home-tanning: DEERSKINS INTO BUCKSKINS: How to Tan With Natural Materials, and Wetscrape Braintan Buckskin. Get one or both and you'll get the results you're looking for.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By mike procter on November 10, 2002
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Besides being light on details, the copy I got had several key pages missing - there but just blank. Shows a lack of attention to detail. If you are just getting started in the tanning/leather/rawhide business it is an OK read about history and techniques but there are better books on the market. Get this one from the library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Valiant S. Vetter on April 4, 2010
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This book will walk you through the basic process of tanning a hide or pelt.

The basics are well-covered and this book provides all the resources you would need.

It did leave me wondering a little about alternative (natural) processes for tanning a skin or hide without using materials that were extremely dangerous, or would "dye" a pelt when coloring was not desired.

This shouldn't be the ONLY book on the topic on your bookshelf - but it should be one of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard T. Gross on December 25, 2013
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had it years ago and somehow lost it through the years. Its a great book f you want to tan hides with fur on...but for tanning to make leather, get deer skins to buckskins
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Abbyson on February 7, 2014
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I wanted a chemical free way of tanning my hide not this!! I would not recommend this to any one!
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My 13 year old and I got this book so he could start tanning rabbits and other animals. The book was easy to follow and made sense to this mom and son team. Our first hide was an antelope hide that a friend got this year and it turned out well. He has also tanned an elk hide and just finished a couple rabbit hides. With each one he has done he h.as learned more and it becomes easier. We had a couple other books before this one and they seemed to make things more complicated than this book did and we liked that the process was relatively safe.
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By Scot A Watkins on December 2, 2012
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Good title that doesn't deliver on substance. Rather than providing information on a few of the important aspects of tanning hides the author covers far to much of the topic, what you get are introductory paragraphs leaving you with the need for another resource.
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Wonderful step by step processes for the novice to advanced. Many different techniques represented for a variety of options and a very easy to read book.
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