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Stormcrow



Joined: 17 May 2006
Posts: 33
Location: Lincolnshire
PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 11 7:07 pm    Post subject: Sheepskin Reply with quote
    

Does anyone get their skins back from the slaughterhouse and get them tanned? I am interested in exploring this further. Any tips/insight?

SandraR



Joined: 22 Oct 2006
Posts: 2346
Location: Devon
PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 11 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I know Colouritgreen on here does

Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
Posts: 8893
Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 11 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

yup we are fortunate enough to have a local tannery, we have to go back to the abattoir and collect the skin (going back for the pluck anyway) and then take it around to the tannery where they salt it and they do it in the next batch.

I know some here do their own. i think the first thing you have to do is salt it.. have heard of people freezing them until they are ready to process it. Dunno if this works out or not.

Dogwalker



Joined: 20 Mar 2007
Posts: 1231
Location: Mid Wales
PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 11 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

There's an article about it
https://www.downsizer.net/Projects/A_sustainable_home/Alum_Tawed_Hides_and_Skins_in_Ten_Easy_Steps/

There's a women near Hereford (I think) who does organic skin tanning. The name will come to me shortly

Nikki Port
https://www.organicsheepskins.com/www.organicsheepskins.coms/info.php?p=1

something I bookmarked for future reference, I'll be interested in any info you find out.

perlogalism



Joined: 27 Nov 2009
Posts: 440
Location: Near Welshpool
PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 11 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Yep, we use the Alum tawed hides recipe and have had great results.

The length of time the hides are left in the pickle doesn't seem to matter too much - as long as it's not less than the minimum! Stretching them when they're out of the pickle is the strenuous part - I'd recommend doing it a few times while they're drying. We did use oil on one of the early hides but found that it didn't add anything to the flexibility but did attract dirt!

Good luck and feel free to pm me if you've got any more questions.

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