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Old Mon May 10th,2004, 08:21 PM   #1
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http://www.yatahai.com/mdse/shirts/shirtsmain.htm

I been to the above web site and was blown away by the prices.

Suppose I get 6 deer this fall. What to I have to do with the skin so that I can take the hides to someone who can make me a shirt like those on that web site?

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Old Mon May 10th,2004, 10:20 PM   #2
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Not sure what you'd have to do for shirts like that. It says they're washable so it might involve more than regular tanning.

Let us know when you figure it out. My wife needs a buckskin dress so we can play cowboys & injuns ;-)
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That EZ-Tan I use is supposed to be washable, but I've never tried it.
Taxidermists around here charge $75 a skin for hair one tanning, for the labor involved (if they are doing it themselves and not sending it off to be done by machine) the price isn't that bad, until you want to get enough to make something.

This place has tanning supplies and kits for a hobby tanner. http://rittelsupplies.net/
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Thanks Myk. I'll have to pick up a book on tanning and on how to use it.


I'm in the process of cleaning out my spare room so I can mount the reloading press. I'm also reading a book on reloading. Slowly getting organized. Next weekend I'll get my brother in law to help me move a bench that I have into the spare room. There is a ton of info in this book. I think i'll have to read it a few times to get all the info in my head.

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Old Sat May 15th,2004, 08:54 PM   #5
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The best tanned hides are done commercially, they call this dressing. Tan isnt all the same. Commercial dressing produces the soft supple leather that you want for garment work. ANY custom clothing is going to be pricey, leather is no exception. Personally I wouldnt wear clothing done with homemade tans. Some types of tan are made for stretch and shelf life, others for color retention and not leaching, etc. For a garment that wears against your own skin, your choices are more limited.
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Can you buy the commercially tanned hides?? If so, where?

I've got a girl down here who can make shirts cheap.

What are some of the more common uses for deer hides that have been tanned by a person?

How did the indians do it? I downloaded a home tanning guide. While a couple of the formulas used some harsh chemicals others did not.

Would the deer hide be ok for foot wear?

Sorry for all the questions.

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Old Sat May 15th,2004, 09:14 PM   #7
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Bill,

Have you ever tried to make a holster for a 6 gun out of some hard leather?

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From what I understand that Rittels EZ tan is used by some commercial tanners.
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I'll give it a try.

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Once again, not all tan is the same. Garment tanning is dressing, and is different. As for the indians, they used tannin from oak products, brain tan and probably some others Ive forgotten. Alot of us have used Bruce Rittels ez100 for taxidermy with great results. Many places sell "buckskin" for garments, the most popular seem to be vests, gloves, mocassins, light boots, purses, wallets and light jackets. I dont know about holsters for guns, as deer leather is "split" and therefore very light. Cowhide is a much heavier, stiff leather, better suited for holsters, belts and other things where form, shape and strength are needed.
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