dirty buckskin help

Discussion in 'General Bushcraft Discussion' started by redrooster1700, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. redrooster1700

    redrooster1700 Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2012
    Messages:
    374
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Toms river, nj
    i just took my buckskin out of the creek and this is what it looks like now IMG_0603.jpg
    after i egg tan and smoke it is there a way to clean it out or will it just be this way? i dont mind probably add character to it but not sure if it is from dirt in the creek or fom the cedars growing there im guessing dirt.
    thanks
     
  2. Ironwood666

    Ironwood666 Banned Member Banned

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2012
    Messages:
    125
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    try rinsing in cold clear purified water before you tan. If you wash after you smoke, you'll lose the beautiful gold from the smoking. Of course after two tan and stretch and work and dry the hide, don't let it come in contact with any water
     
  3. Road King

    Road King Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2012
    Messages:
    867
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Southern Tier, N.Y.
    It will be white once you scrape the membrane off whether you use the wet scrape or dry scrape method.
     
  4. redrooster1700

    redrooster1700 Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2012
    Messages:
    374
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Toms river, nj
    already scraped it off it was nice and white
     
  5. redrooster1700

    redrooster1700 Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2012
    Messages:
    374
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Toms river, nj
    I should tan it twice? well did it once already today sooo i should tan stretch and dry once more? thanks
     
  6. Ironwood666

    Ironwood666 Banned Member Banned

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2012
    Messages:
    125
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    If its already tanned, finish as usual and smoke it. After that, wash repeatedly. If it was smoked properly on both sides, will become soft with just a few minutes of working it with your hands. If you want a deeper color, re smoke it.
     
  7. redrooster1700

    redrooster1700 Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2012
    Messages:
    374
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Toms river, nj
    IMG_0605.jpg
    this is it as of today still need to smoke it could you tell me if it needs to be 4 hrs on each side or can less time be as effective. thanks
     
  8. Ironwood666

    Ironwood666 Banned Member Banned

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2012
    Messages:
    125
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    did you stretch it after to tanned it?

    I can't tell you how long, but you want it to be a nice deep dijon mustard brown at the least. Make sure you build a smoking box so you don't damage the hide. I recommend glueing the edges so it forms a cone and suspending it above the smoking box from a tripod. When one side is done, carefully turn it inside out.
     
  9. redrooster1700

    redrooster1700 Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2012
    Messages:
    374
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Toms river, nj
    yeah stretched it since 230 till 9 by hand my finger nails are killing me!some parts soft as felt paper some thicker spots like soft leather glove. thanks for the input brother i still have a few whitish spots so i should be able to judge by your standards, much apprieciated!!!
     
  10. Ironwood666

    Ironwood666 Banned Member Banned

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2012
    Messages:
    125
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    You can never over smoke a hide, but if you under smoke it and it gets wet, you have to start over. don't take risks and you'll have a stunning hide.
     
  11. redrooster1700

    redrooster1700 Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2012
    Messages:
    374
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Toms river, nj
    thanks brother will do ,just one more question if you dont mind i read about using puny wood which i can obtain but can i smoke it like i would smoke meat with regular wood chips soaked in water. thanks again your the man
     
  12. Ironwood666

    Ironwood666 Banned Member Banned

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2012
    Messages:
    125
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    use punky wood if at all possible. I haven't used soaked wood chips, but I imagine they would work ok.
     
  13. DarkXstar

    DarkXstar Guide

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2012
    Messages:
    1,001
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    2 miles past BFE in WV
    wood chips will work but punky wood give a better color personally i dont soak wood chips if i use them as it seems i gives off more steam than i want i just use verry little fire and don't give it much air useing unsoaked woodchips however you have to watch it closely to make sure you dont have flames jump up and cook your hide IMHO
     
  14. Bad Hand

    Bad Hand Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2010
    Messages:
    554
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Idaho
    I use a ordinary stapler to staple the hide into a cone then I staple a canvas skirt to the bottom of the hide. The bottom of the canvas skirt fit over the stove pipe on my smoking stove.
     

Share This Page