I attempted to tan the hide of a caribou my brother shot this fall. It went pretty well, in my opinion. It was my first big game animal. Smaller animal hides I've done have come out pretty well. This one came out well too, but the fur is a little oily to the touch. I gave it a bath in white gas, and that pulled a lot of oil and dirt off it. Then I tumbled it in saw dust. Should I redo either / both steps? My saw dust tumbler is crude at best, it's a rectangular bin that does not allow the hide to really tumble. Would it be better to get a big round bin so the thing can really tumble, or will that still not solve the oiliness problem?
I'd prefer not to go the gas bath route, since it's a waste of 4 gallons of Coleman fuel and because with the weather now cold, it will be tough to get it to dry out and do it without freezing my hands off. But if that's what I need to do, I'll do it. Any suggestions for cutting the oil, perhaps something that can be done in a bathtub (wink)? Any help will be appreciated!