A comprehensive guide to preserving skins and pelts.
Here is the complete guide to a skill that may be mysterious to some, written by Monte Burch, an authority who practices many of the ancient traditions of tanning and hiding. Starting at the beginning, Burch introduces the hunter to the tools of a tanner, and even gives complete plans for making many of these implements. Instructions are given for making fleshing beams, stretchers for pelts, fleshing knives, and many others. He also covers tanning formulas and materials, both traditional and modern.
Other topics include:
- Skinning small game
- Stretching and drying pelts
- Tanning small-game pelts
- Skinning and tanning big game
- Making buckskin
- Tanning domestic hides
- Skinning and tanning reptiles
- Skinning and tanning birds
Monte Burch has been hunting and trapping animals and tanning hides for a half century, and writing about the outdoors for four decades. He has written thousands of magazine articles and more than fifty books.
Printed in the United States of America
Illustrations: 150 in Black and White