Tanning Bear Skin-Please tell me how to tan a bearskin for a robe or rug, also how to tan bobcats.
Flesh the skin carefully, then soak it from two to six hours in the following liquor: Four gallons of cold, soft water; one-half ounce borax; one-half pint salt; and one ounce of sulphuric acid. This will prepare it for the tanning liquor. Now take two gallons of cold, soft water, one-fourth pound of pulverized oxalic acid, and one quart of salt. Put the skins in this and leave them there until there are no dense spots to be seen. It will take about forty-eight hours for a cat skin, or other fur-skin of the same thickness, and a longer time for heavier skins. When tanned, remove the skins and wring them dry, then hang them in the shade and pull and work them while drying, so they dry soft. In making the first liquor add the sulphuric acid last, pouring it in slowly and stirring ail the time. A heavy bearskin could remain in this from six to eight hours.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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