TANNING SQUIRREL SKINSóWill you please tell me how to tan squirrel skins?
Here are directions for tanning all kinds of small furs, taken from Camp & Trail Methods: Flesh the skin carefully, then soak it from two to six hours (according to weight of skin) in a liquor made of four gallons of cold, soft water, one-half ounce of borax, one-half pint of salt, and one ounce of sulphuric acid. When you remove it from this, put it in a tanning liquor of two gallons of cold, soft water, one-fourth pound of pulverized oxalic acid, and one quart of salt. The skins should be examined occasionally, and when no dense spots are to be seen, the skin is tanned. It will take about forty-eight hours for a rat skin, or other pelt or similar thickness. When tanned, remove the skin and wring it as dry as possible, then hang them in the shade, and pull them frequently while drying, to keep them soft.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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