Fallow Skin Rug?

woodmaster

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I looked at tanning some of my own hides, which we (wife and I) have done. Never done a "summer" fallow hide and only had them from winter does. I found that the air was too coarse and brittle to make a rug. The hairs would break up fairly quickly if walked on regularly.
We have just done a summer roe which is far finer and may stand upto some wear, but in general I think hides are better as wall hangings or other more ornamental objects.
 

2130martin

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I had a winter fallow doe cured and is in front my fire and hasnt lost any hair,the terrier loves lying on it....
 

woodmaster

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interesting martin, I wonder if the age of the animal makes a difference? Might see if I can cure another one, this time picking a younger animal.
 

karlbird

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Out of interest how much do they charge to cure one please, and how long does it take? A friend suggested I get my own done, this depends on shooting something worthwhile and not ruining the skin but I'd much prefer my own done. I shot a lovely white fallow with Sikamalc but it had to be dragged and was in a right state!
 

2130martin

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Out of interest how much do they charge to cure one please, and how long does it take? A friend suggested I get my own done, this depends on shooting something worthwhile and not ruining the skin but I'd much prefer my own done. I shot a lovely white fallow with Sikamalc but it had to be dragged and was in a right state!
Hmmm,£40ish and 12 weeks??
 

nun_hunter

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If you're on Facebook check out CC Tanning. They will tan any hide and also do skull prep and bleaching too. Not sure of the cost of a fallow hide but when I asked about getting a fox skin sorted they said about £30
 

sikamalc

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If you're on Facebook check out CC Tanning. They will tan any hide and also do skull prep and bleaching too. Not sure of the cost of a fallow hide but when I asked about getting a fox skin sorted they said about £30
No disrespect to these people but from what I have seen it is not tanning as such, to my knowledge.
 

woodmaster

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Woodmasters wify here, I am in the process of tanning a Roe hide using K Tan kit from Snowdonia Taxidermy supplies, To do the skins yourself is not hard, I have done a few now in various different ways from just using Potash Alum, to a bucket tan and now the K tan. Deer skins are a little easier than sheep skins, fox skins are quite hardy when it comes to fleshing and do take a lot of pulling to soften, rabbit skins are very delicate to flesh and easily tear. It is a lengthy but enjoyable process.
 

karlbird

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Thanks for the info guys and girls.

Interesting, I'll have a look in to all of the recommendations.

I would still be keen to hear if anyone has bought one of the ones off eBay or similar please.
 

Paul 600

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Ive done it with K Tan and also with diesel and bicarb. Both work fine diesel is much cheaper and DOES NOT leave the hide smelling of diesel!
 

karlbird

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Sorted now thank you, Maarten at Wildlife Products UK found me a white one in his stock, exactly what I was looking for.

Regards,

Karl
 

FGYT

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Due to the structure of deer hair its not as durable as some in a rug . Best in low traffic areas preferably. no shoes. I have a fallow skin in the bedroom was £40 but that's usually what it costs to get it tanned properly . There are courses usually in the bushcraft world on home tanning .
 

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