For some time now, my sister has been suggesting that she'd like a fallow skin rug, so that he twins can play on it and damage it with vomit and so on, or maybe she'd put it to a more glamorous use. My brother-in-law would hate it, so it would be a good gift at some point. So I'm pretty clear on how to obtain the raw materials, but I don't propose to tan a skin myself. I don't have the skills, and I certainly don't have a space to do it in as it's a pretty unpleasant process. I'd need to have it done for me by people who know what they're doing. I believe there's a tannery in the West Country that will take care of this if you post them a salted or frozen skin. I have no idea how long the process would take though, I daresay a fait bit of time. I also suspect that she'd like a rug made from the summer coat, so when exactly would I be looking to go stalking? No later than September? I suppose it's dependent on weather.
Anyway, if anyone else has done this, I'd appreciate you sharing you experience.
Finally, has anyone had a CWD skin tanned? They're spectacularly fluffy, and I expect it would be a very fine leather, but then their hair seems to fall out when you blow on it like a dandelion...