I had posted a few weeks ago that I secured some fresh Beaver pelts from a local trapper in town and was looking to try my hand at tanning them at home. Some here had asked that I document the process....today I began my project!
To begin, I purchased a commercially available home tanning product from Trans Canada Trapline Inc, also known as Fur Harvesters Auction out of North Bay, Ontario.
Very impressed with their quick delivery and price on the product. I paid $13 / bottle and purchased 2. They arrived within 5 days!
Here is what the product looks like.
It comes with specific direction on doing this at home, so I simply gathered the needed supplies and went right to it.Step 1:
My Beaver had been on the drying hoop for a few weeks so it was fairly brittle. I needed to soften up the pelt before beginning so I filled a large Rubbermaid tub with water and placed me Beaver inside.
Using a stick, I worked the water through until it was fairly supple, but didn't leave it too long as per the directions. Total time, 20 minutes.Step 2:
Then, I readied a box of table salt and some cord. Step 3:
I removed my pelt from the water and wrang it out by folding it onto itself skin to skin..... This took a bit of time as I wanted to get as much water out as possible. Total time, 10 minutesStep 4:
Laid the pelt skin down and began sprinkling with a generous amount of table sale.Step 5:
Work the salt in really good. I ended up adding a lot more salt than I initially thought was needed. Total time, 10 minutesStep 6:
Once worked in, the pelt was folded over on itself skin to skin and then rolled up nice and tight. Cord was tied around the entire pelt so everything is nice and tight.
Now we wait 24 hours, then repeat the salting process over again, scraping off the old salt and reapplying for another 24 hours.
That's it for now....I'll post the next steps in a few days once the salting process is complete!