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What to do with tanned deer leather

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Ramjet 15-Jan-22
Bjrogg 15-Jan-22
MattS 15-Jan-22
Ramjet 15-Jan-22
MikeT 15-Jan-22
bodymanbowyer 15-Jan-22
MattS 15-Jan-22
SB 15-Jan-22
kaw369 16-Jan-22
Jon Stewart 16-Jan-22
ottertails 16-Jan-22
[email protected] 16-Jan-22
[email protected] 16-Jan-22
Ramjet 16-Jan-22
Ramjet 16-Jan-22
Bjrogg 16-Jan-22
txdm 16-Jan-22
Jon Stewart 16-Jan-22
David McLendon 16-Jan-22
bodymanbowyer 16-Jan-22
SB 16-Jan-22
groundhunter50 16-Jan-22
Bjrogg 17-Jan-22
Two Feathers 17-Jan-22
From: Ramjet
Date: 15-Jan-22




I have some tanned deer leather that I would like to do something with, maybe gloves or moccasins made.The places in Wisconsin that I knew of are gone or don't offer that service anymore. Anyone have any idea where I can get this done? May be interested in a trade for something If anyone can use them Thanks Ramjet

From: Bjrogg
Date: 15-Jan-22




I know I have seen some beautiful ones on Primitive Archery site in the past. I don’t remember who made them.

Bjrogg

From: MattS
Date: 15-Jan-22




How many do you have?

From: Ramjet
Date: 15-Jan-22




2 for sure. One is 113 square inches. Another 241 square inches

From: MikeT
Date: 15-Jan-22




Theres some good videos on youtube on how to make your own, might be a idea. I been thinking about a deer skin wrap handle with fringes on a nice walking stick. Ive yet to find a cool stick, I have the deer hide.

From: bodymanbowyer
Date: 15-Jan-22




Mike T, Sycamore has some interesting limbs for a unique walking stick. JF

From: MattS
Date: 15-Jan-22




Not sure what you could make with those. They're pretty small if those measurements ste right.

From: SB
Date: 15-Jan-22




Uber glove company in Owatonna Mn. still in business? Thats where we used to do business.

From: kaw369
Date: 16-Jan-22




Making a neat possible bag would be pretty easy. Lots of patterns on the net. May have to purchase a strap to your liking though. I have one I made about 20 years ago and I still carry it. I often get compliments regarding it.

From: Jon Stewart
Date: 16-Jan-22




MikeT: You live anywhere near Muskegon? I have maybe 30 Yucca stalks that make great hiking sticks and they are nice and light. I get them off the New Mexican desert so they are nothing like the Yucca growing in Michigan.

Would be glad to give you a couple.

From: ottertails
Date: 16-Jan-22




Ramjet, Midwest Sport Togs and W.B. Place in Wisconsin? If I have the names right.

I used them both back in the 80's and 90's. I must've sent them close to a dozen hides. I had them make me several types of gloves and mittens that I gave out for Christmas gifts. The ladies in my family especially loved them. I made sure to give a couple of my anti-hunting Aunts a pair each. :))

I still have a couple of hides and the leftover scraps that they send back to you. You could also just buy their stock already made.

I was going to have them make me a couple of jackets and a vest but by the time I got around to sending off all the hides they had closed shop. Big disappointment, they made some great stuff. I have their old catalogs here somewhere.

So many things you can use it for.

From: [email protected]
Date: 16-Jan-22




I'll get a quiver pic I have

From: [email protected]
Date: 16-Jan-22

4nolz@work's embedded Photo



This is a simple quiver it can be adjusted as a back or side quiver

From: Ramjet
Date: 16-Jan-22




Thanks guys. Otterbein the hides were done by WB Place. I miss that place.

From: Ramjet
Date: 16-Jan-22




Sorry Ottertails

From: Bjrogg
Date: 16-Jan-22




I’ve made things like quivers, neck knife sheaths and possibles bags.

I usually just cut strips about a 1/4” wide as long as I need from outside edge for “thread”. I use a big curved needle from the vet. To thread it through.

I cut fringe on the edges. I like the look and it makes odd ball shapes a lot easier.

I think the thing I found the hardest to learn. You have to be willing to cut up that piece of leather to do something with it. That’s hard when you went through all the work of tanning it.

I like to use a stapler to pin pieces in place while I’m stitching them

Wish I could post my old pictures

After I stitch them together I cut the fringe from the excess material on the edges

Bjrogg

From: txdm
Date: 16-Jan-22




If I had it, I would use it to make a bow quiver.

From: Jon Stewart
Date: 16-Jan-22




We have a white elephant here in town run by the YMCA. Profits go to various groups. One year a guy told me they had leather for sale. The next year I decided to go and saw a box marked leather on it. Someone didn't know the value and had it marked $10.00. I opened the box and the top piece was deer hide so I bought the box. Got it home and there were 7 full tanned deer hides. I trade one but still have six. Not sure what I am going to do with them yet.

From: David McLendon
Date: 16-Jan-22




I made gloves.

From: bodymanbowyer
Date: 16-Jan-22

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You can make a lot of grips. Just made this one died whitetail picked up an antique shop I believe up in Wisconsin Black River falls. It was on the cheap I finally got to use it. JF

From: SB
Date: 16-Jan-22

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A couple deer hide projects...

From: groundhunter50
Date: 16-Jan-22




It is amazing... I go to alot of Trad shoots in wis.... I always have tanned deer hides, and priced cheap, yet no one is interested. Never understood that

From: Bjrogg
Date: 17-Jan-22




I’ll give you $10 for it Jon.lol

My neighbor had a couple hides tanned. When he passed a few years ago. His widowed wife gave them to me.

It was really hard to make myself cut them at first. I finally did and I made some neck knife sheaths, possible bags and handle wraps for bows.

I was so glad I did when I showed them to her. She was very happy to see I made use of them.

I realize that I don’t have any left to take pictures of and my old pictures won’t post. I gave them all away as presents.

I think I will try to do a little build along if I can find the time.

My stuff is pretty primitive looking, but that’s what I like.

I’ve seen some very nice stuff others have done. Way nicer than anything I’ve done. Looks professional and primitive.

Bjrogg

From: Two Feathers
Date: 17-Jan-22




This summer I was looking for a place that tanned hides here in Wisconsin. I had 13 tanned hides squirreled away and was curious what they were worth.

There is a place in Plymouth that tans. They were charging $6.50 a sq ft with an average hide being 10 sg ft. They also made leather goods from your tanned hides.

The 13 tanned hides I had were done by W.B. Place when they were still open. I'm thinking I paid $20 or $25 per hide back then to get them tanned.





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