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Deerskins into Buckskins: How to Tan with Brains, Soap or Eggs; 2nd Edition Paperback – September 2, 2004
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Matt Richards brings tanning to a level of simplicity that is accessible to anyone. Experimentation combined with years of tanning for a living and a thorough study of leather chemistry, has resulted in a simple method that produces excellent results. --American Survival Guide, January 1998
The authors intimate understanding of deerskins, tools, processes, and problems bears witness to a tremendous depth of knowledge about his craft. Deerskins into Buckskins is a highly recommendable work....this book deserves a place on your bookshelf --Scott Jones, Bulletin of Primitive Technology, spring 1998
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When I got my copy of Deerskins into Buckskins in the mail, my learning started with the picture on the cover and didn't stop until I reached the back cover. Specifically, the front cover photo shows a skin sack smoking, but the hide is hung from the rump not the neck as I had been doing. Mr.Richards goes on to say that this allows the hide to hang with fewer folds and so, prevents streaking from the smoke. He's right!!
Probably the best bit of knowledge I gained from this book is glueing the seam with regular elmer's glue, instead of sewing it shut or using clothespins. The glueing makes a tighter seam, is faster than the other methods, and because it is air-tight, it forces the smoke to penetrate the hide instead of rushing out of the gaps. Due to the pressure, the hide balloons, further reducing any folds or wrinkles in the hide. This is the fastest method I have ever tried.
These two bits of knowledge alone make the book worth the price asked but when you combine it with the author's easy, simple style of writing, you have a true gem. I've read it from cover to cover at least twice and will undoubtedly read it again. Take it from an experienced tanner, you won't be dissappointed.
Excellent step-by-step directions. I highly recommend this book.
Since buying "Deerskins into Buckskins" I have successfully tanned about 65 hides,and the dogs haven't had a chew bone.
If you want to be successful at brain tanning, buy Mr. Richards' book and use his simple method. You won't be disappointed.
Tanning skins is a subject that is treated superficially in a number of books on outdoor and primitive survival, with the result that if you follow the loose instructions you may just end up with stiff, high-protien-cardboard.
Been there and done that.
After following Matt's method I ended up with soft buck skin the very first time with significantly less effort.
Matt's book covers the subject in very good detail, covering the bucking/wetscrape tanning method, theory of how brain tanning works, the tools necessary including primitive tools, and the basics on how to make garnments.
I think that if you are going to try brain tanning deerskin, this book is a must-have.
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while not to my personal taste, prson I bought it for LOVES itPublished 1 month ago by Terry Bishop
Got this as a gift for my youngest daughter. She loves this book!
She has been doing brain tan for several years now, and was very happy to see sensible tips on some of the... Read more
Super easy to follow direction, great trouble shooting section, multiple choices for what to buck or tan with, great book to start with! Richards is passionate about buckskins!Published 6 months ago by cynthia
This is the method that I learned from a primitive skills class. This book is very detailed and walks you through the steps
to make beautiful soft buckskin. Read more