Category Archives: Hide preparation

Preparing Buffalo Hides for Tanning

Buffalo have a short time frame to produce a perfect hide. In most areas of the U.S., December 15 to January 15 is the best time to have a buffalo hide tanned hair on. There are exceptions of course! When considering on having your hide tanned, remember the cost of tanning an excellent winter robe is the same as tanning a poorly haired robe from an animal killed in April. Continue reading Preparing Buffalo Hides for Tanning

Preparing Beef/Cow Hides for Tanning

painted deer hide We encounter more problems with beef cow hides than any other hair on skins. After 18 years I finally have concluded that the critical time for ensuring a good tan on a beef hide begins with the butcher.  Continue reading Preparing Beef/Cow Hides for Tanning

Preparing hides for tanning


The purpose of curing a raw skin is to take away the environment for bacteria and provide a means of storage prior to tanning. Many hides are ruined from poor handling before tanning could ever take place. The moment the animal quits breathing, oxygen is no longer being carried to the cells of the body. Decomposition begins immediately. You have to slow this natural process. Continue reading Preparing hides for tanning