How to Hair Off a Cow Hide
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to tan a cowhide, you’ll be glad to know that it’s easy! There are many methods you can try, from salting it to using the brains of small animals. The first thing you need to do before tanning the hide is to remove the hair. You can use a single hide or several. You can also use six ounces of lead or arsenic.
Salting a cowhide
The first step in de-tanning a cowhide is to clean it thoroughly. Clean it several times with cool, clean water. Remove any sinewy, fleshy bits. Next, use a screw gun to stretch the hide. Lastly, apply Morton Salt evenly over the hide, about 1-2 inches thick. After two weeks, you can rinse the hide to remove the remaining tan.
After the salting process is complete, the hide should be completely covered in the salt. The amount of salt used must be equal to the weight of the hide. You can use rock salt or pickling salt. Both are good options, but make sure you use enough to cover the hide completely. Make sure that the salt is the right amount for the size and shape of the hide. The salt should be applied evenly so that it covers all the hide.
Using brains from small animals to tan a cowhide
Traditionally, tanners have used animal brains to tan hides. These brains are plentiful and are harvested from animals as they die or get slain. To use them, you must first split the brains in half between the eyes and separate the brains from any bone chips, as these can cut the leather. Three basic methods involve a mash-up of brains and water. A warm solution is best, though.
One way to tan a cow hide using brains is a traditional method used by Native Americans. This method is similar to that of other methods. The brains are cooked and then rubbed onto the hide in a cool or hot environment. The hot method will remove hair. Another new method involves coating the hide with lard and flour and rubbing it until blood is drawn out.
Using a bar of laundry soap and six ounces of arsenic or lead to remove tan from a cowhide
The traditional way to remove the tan from cowhide is to mix a half-alum, half-soda solution. You can also use a bar of laundry soap and six ounces of lead or arsenic, which you should add to lukewarm water. Add the hide to the mixture, stir well, and soak for forty minutes. You should rinse the hide thoroughly afterward.
To rinse the hide, you should wring out the excess water. Next, drape it over a table edge or board. After draping it over the table, swab it with neat’s-foot oil to absorb the remaining tanning solution. The oil should absorb quickly and leave only a slightly oily residue. After you finish, tack the hide to a stretcher and allow it to dry in a shady place.