All deer hides apart from reindeer should have the hair scraped off, over time they turn brittle and are horrible to sleep on when this happens.
Many things can be used to tan hides: Brain, egg yolks, liver (blended), marrow, oil+liquid soap (ratio 60/40 or 70/30)
Scraping the hide must be...
keep an eye out on Ebay and Gumtree mate, i think that you can set a notification feature that sends you an email when a related item gets put up for sale. I know a couple of friends who have had things stolen and they have popped up on Gumtree a couple of weeks later :)
they look and sound fantastic guys! I have never got photobucket sorted WULF, suppose i will have to in order to photograph my secret santa! I dont know about you guys but i find that there is a big boost in my skills around christmas because of the large amount of experimenting and making lost...
So, what bushcrafty presents have you made for people? I have made some glass and flint pendants for my mother and granny, i have also made a couple of buckskin pouches for both my grannies, i small knife for my older brother and a beech spatula for my Dad. Thats me, What about you?:p
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Also, ITP Light make a good cheap keychain light ;)