Hello. Friends butchered their steer a couple of days ago and have given me the hide, fat and bones. Hooray! I don't know what to do with the hide. It's too much for me to handle whole, so I think I should cut in in half. Should I cut it down the middle (cutting up the back from tail to head), or cut in half side to side so that I end up with the front half and the back half? Not sure what I ultimately want to do with it, yet, but I'm sure I'll try making hide glue later, and I have lots of small projects in mind. I'm excited about this! I know I need to scrape it. I've worked bear and moose hides before, but any suggestions for making this steer hide go easier would be greatly appreciated. Would the next step be to salt it good? It'll be awhile before I get to tanning it. Raw hide often comes in handy, so I'd like to keep some of it for that. Should I simply scrape the parts I want to use for rawhide, or does that also need to be salted? My son is 12, and of course he wants to make a drum. Sorry for so many questions. Any suggestions are appreciated!