Hey Bushcraft folks! Hoping maybe we can get a little discussion and sharing on tanning going here... I have been working on some hides that I got from a fellow a while back and I thought I would post some info about the process as I go along. If there are any others out there with some tanning experience to share- please join in with your info here. I'm most familiar with dry scrape brain tanning, so that's what I'm going to do here. I've done a few hides this way, but I am far from expert. I started off with making some new scrapers, forged from old files. A regular two handed one and a small one for edges and tough spots. Here's the two hides I'm working. I got them as dried raw hides, so first I soaked them in a trash can for a couple days with a small amount of bleach in the water. This was just to loosen them up to allow me to stretch them onto these frames. These are mule deer hides, both with the hair on. The flesh side of one of the hides on the frame Part of my reason for doing this now was to take them to a historical camp and do some demonstration about making buckskin, hopefully get a little help with the scaping process... Visitors were pretty interested in the process. The scraping goes pretty slow. This particular hide seemed to go very slowly but I made progress. It takes me about 3-5 hours to get all the hair off. Back home, Logan showed a good bit of interest in the project. Smelled just like some of his dog treats only more gamey... I do most of the scraping from head to tail, but the last bit I tend to scrape crosswise with the frame laid sideways. Next I flip the frame over and scrape the flesh side. The idea is to remove the membrane that is stuck to this side so the tanning agent can get into the fibers of the hide and do their work. I'll post some more as I go along. The end result will hopefully be some nice brain tan buckskin. This will take some time. I have used animal brains before, but this time I think I am going to try using soy lecithin for the tanning. Anybody got experience with that?? More to come. Feel free to post your tanning projects here!