How to Tan Cowhides
Depending on the method you choose, the tan on your cowhides can be natural or vegetable. Learn about vegetable tanning and natural tanning methods, how to make a tanning solution, and how to dry cowhides. Here are some tips:
Natural tanning vs. vegetable tanning
Vegetable tanning is one of the oldest and most traditional methods of tanning cowhides. It is biodegradable and sustainable because it uses natural tannins found in the bark of trees. These tannins are removed from the hides and immersed for weeks at a time. Vegetable tanning is expensive due to the lengthy production time and highly skilled craftsmen.
Leave the hair on or take it off
To tan cowhides, the first thing you need to do is thaw the hide. After that, you need to trim off any excess fat and meat. You should then stretch the hide. Finally, you need to salt it to prevent odor and reduce molting. When you’re done, your cowhide is ready for use. This versatile material can be used for a wide variety of purposes.
Make a tanning solution
If you’re interested in learning how to tan cowhides, you should start by fleshing the hide. Before tanning, the hide must be trimmed of excess fat, muscle, and flesh. This process should be done by hand. If you’re working with a single hide, you can skip the next step. If you’re using multiple hides, you’ll want to take a few extra steps.
Dry cowhides in a teepee
To protect your teepee’s cowhide rugs, you should always follow these simple steps:
The time it takes to tan cowhides
Whether you want to use a single hide or have a large farm that provides you with hundreds of cowhide hides per day, the time it takes to tan a cowhide is an important factor when buying the product. Cowhide manufacturers are required to scrape away the skin and fat from the hide before tanning it. Traditionally, the hair-on-hide method of tanning is used, as it takes at least two weeks. This method of tanning ensures that the hide is soft, with a low chance of odors or molting. It is also always dried naturally, which means that if you cut corners, you could end up destroying the hide.