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Brain tanning of the skin - Part 1: Working of deer skin or scraping

We know nothing about the work of prehistoric man in the Paleolithic period. It was not until the Neolithic and Otzi to have the first information on skin work and more particularly skin tanning. For my part, I was inspired by the Amerindians (North American Indians), I do a brain tanning.

Skin desalination by soaking
Skin desalination by soaking
The skin has rehydrated and lost its salt
The skin has rehydrated and lost its salt
Washing of deer skin
Washing of deer skin
Placing the deer skin on a trunk to work on it
Placing the deer skin on a trunk to work on it
Scrape off the skin on the hair side
Scrape off the skin on the hair side
Hair and flesh residues
Hair and flesh residues
Scrape off the skin on the flesh side to remove meat and fat residues
Scrape off the skin on the flesh side to remove meat and fat residues
I let the deer skin dry to keep it, it becomes raw hide. It can be used to make boxes, cut into strips to make ligatures, etc.
I let the deer skin dry to keep it, it becomes raw hide. It can be used to make boxes, cut into strips to make ligatures, etc.

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February 9, 2017
Yannick Kepinski

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