TANNING FURS—Please give me the process of tanning squirrel hides.
Here is a good method of tanning all kinds of furs, large or small, and I am copying it from Camp & Trail Methods, which gives a complete chapter on tanning: “Flesh the slain carefully, then soak it from two to six hours (according to the weight of the skin)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 and set the hair securely. 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 more dense spots to be seen. It will take about forty-eight hours for a rat skin or other fur of the same thickness, and a longer time for heavier furs. When tanned, remove them and wring dry, then hang them in the shade and pull them while drying so that they do not get hard. “To give furs a nice, fluffy, life like look after tanning, and to liven up old manufactured furs, take Paris white and brush it through the fur, using a stiff brush. Hot poplar sawdust is also good for this purpose.”
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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