how much does rawhide shrink when it dries?

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  1. leaf and lightning

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    I'm almost done with my first bow...I'm so psyched... I'm doing a rawhide handle (one piece, stitched in the front)...and concidering this my first time working with rawhide, I was wondering how much shrinkage to allow for... its going to take at least 5.5 inches to get all the way around...
     
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    Quite a bit, LMAO!
    It was used by a lot of tribes as a form of torture.

    Prostrate the criminal
    Stake his arms and legs out tight with wet rawhide
    Wait as his appendages are squeezed and stretched:eek:
    PMZ
     
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    Hi: It shrinks a bunch! If you plan on stitching it, overlap the edges on the riser a good inch or so for shrinkage. Once dry, you can trim edges flush. I've never used it for a grip, just as backing.
     
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    From what I've read, it depends on what critter the rawhide came from.

    Specifically, I'm remembering an account of a fellow trying to cover something with rawhide and having to try three times:

    First try he used rawhide from a whitetail doe. It was too thin and his stitches pulled through the hide.

    Second try he used steer rawhide. It was too thick and didn't shrink as much as he'd planned on, leaving his project all loose and rattly.

    Third try he used the shoulder hide of a young whitetail buck. Perfect.
     
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    mine is a wally world dog chew...
     
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    That'd be cow-rawhide bro.
    PMZ
     

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