Step 1 flesh the hide fleshing the hide is the process of scraping off the flesh and fat which prevents the hide from rotting place the hide on a fleshing beam a beam designed to hold the hide in place as you work or on a tarp on the ground use a fleshing blade to scrape off all visible traces of flesh and fat using quick strong strokes flesh the hide immediately after cutting the hide from step 2 wash the hide use clean water and soap made from natural substances to wash away . Trim off any flesh and scrape visible fat from the hide place the skin in the shade laying it completely flat with the fur side down preferably on a cold concrete or rock surface when the skin. The first step of tanning is to make the hide ready for tanning use a plywood or frame as a support while performing the steps of tanning remove the skin carefully from the dead animal take care that only a bit of meat and the fleshy part remains on the skin. Lay the hide over the pole again or on a table rub the brain mixture into it taking your time to do it thoroughly make sure that you cover every inch as any part that is missed will not end up properly preserved and will most likely not last roll the brained hide up and wrap it in a large plastic bag. Barks roots fruits nuts and leaves are used for their tannic acid to tan skins tannin converts hides permanently into leather oak hemlock fir mangr
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