do it yourself back yard hide tanning
Skin the animal
while still moist
lay it inside up on a wood table top , spead it out tight and nail it down
get some good hardwood ashes from your fire pit
now grab a red brick
break off a piece of the brick and bust the piece up and grind it
mix the ashes and brick dust together and sprinkle
over the inside of the hide..
take the brick, lay it flat on the skin
and with back and forth strokes
grind the mixture into the hide with the brick
until entire surface is covered .
leave out in the Sun and allow the UV rays to finish the job for you
after about two days
with a stiff brush ( Non-Metallic ) brush the excess powder off the hide
Now,, Take corn starch, or baby powder,, sprinkle on the hide
and rub it in
if you choose to stiffen the hide
use Alum and baby oil
sprinkle the Alum on the inside of the hide
with a spray bottle, lightly spray baby oil over the Alum
do NOT rub it in or disturb the hide
set it in the sun for this and allow a day or two for it to soak and dry.
now, over an open fire, have the hide suspended high enough to not
scorch it or catch it on fire
to make it really stiff
just get it soaked in water and dry over a wood fire.