CHAPS—HOW TO MAKE— Can any experienced rider tell me how to make a pair of chaparejos out of horsehide; also how to preserve the hide so it will always be soft and pliable if wet and dried.
Flesh the hide after soaking till it is soft. Alum, one part, salt one part and japonica half a part-say, a pound each of the first two and half a pound of japonica. Dissolve in hot water to make a 35 degree liquor. Make enough to cover the hide. Then soak for from five to ten days—the heavier the hide, the longer the soak. The soaked hide should he worked and pulled for two hours before going into the li9uor and as long on taking it out. Tue hide should he shaved Gown on the inside in order to get soft leather. Then soak again a day or two; and dry till hard. Shave again, and oil with neat’s-foot oil—a good heavy coat, and pack sway in moist sawdust When it is dry, apply soft soap in solution. Roll up and pack in sawdust again. Then when dry work it till soft. This is a robe tan and is as good as any. Out of the hide you cut your “chaparejos” to suit your pattern, and if they should harden up, rub oil inside.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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