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    Default Preparing animal hides?

    Anyone know any methods to soften hides?

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    If you want to soften it so you can work with it, soak it in water. It will soften it up enough to work with temporarily.

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    Default Ancient native wisdom:

    My Chippewa ancestors would tell you; Have your squaw chew on it for a couple weeks.

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    I'm NOT a pro....

    You just need to break up the fibers. So, start crunching it up in a ball, then when it's looser start working it over the edge of a shovel handle.

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    Default dont' feed it after midnight and dont get it wet

    don't get it wet when it dries it will be even harder.....crumpling it up works better.....or yeah chew on it if your really serious
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    I know an excellent method.........send it to a tannery.
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    Exclamation Tan It!

    MartenTrapper hit the nail right on the head! Why don't you just take it to a tannery and get it done right. IMO There is no substitute for a good commercially tanned hide if you want the final result to be soft, suple, and last! Good Luck.................
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    I recently have been tanning some of my own fur for sewing and yes it is hard to get a tan like the tannery produces but if you must or you have. Recently I did a beaver pelt and it was a bear breaking the hide, I ended up breaking it down pretty well with a axe head and then sanding the hide thinner with an electric sander. Came out fexible and thin enough for sewing mittens.

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    Wink rope method

    String a 3/8 to 1/2 inch rope, Minala or sisal is best, between a couple of trees or something similar, make sure there is a good dip or catinary in the rope. Then simply throw the hide over the rope, grab the two ends of the hide and work it back and forth. I have used this on brain tanned deer hides and smaller hair-on soap tanned black bear hides. It actually works pretty good. You didn't say what kind of hide you wanted to soften though. One hide is about 2 sixpacks worth of effort!

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    What type of hide are you working?

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