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    Default Sneak peak at Jr's 4-H project...

    Not exactly general archery, but not exactly totally bowhunting either, sort of.

    Anyone care to guess? This year's shooting sports project will be more hunting and wildlife related than shooting related. He finally outgrew the "poster display only" project requirement and can do something "3D" instead of just 2D.
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    This was part of his project a couple years ago (too many pics to upload):
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    Default 4H is one excellant program

    Very big in Oklahoma and there state tournemanet in archery draws lots of kids. More kids need this for sure.
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    No guesses?

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    Leather tanning or hide preservation?
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    Retired and Proud of it!

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    What is he mounting???????
    Of all the things I lost I miss my mind the Most!?!?!?


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    A few more progress pics.........
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    Default Very Cool

    4H is something kids today need more of in schools. Vo Ag is another class that kids actually get hands on training.

    We dont have wood or metal shop anymore here.

    Way to go Dad. Great kid there for sure. Acorn dont fall far from the tree.
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    Thanks DB.

    We are both getting a lot out of this project. Although I have done this before (once or twice ), teaching the method to my son is very satisfying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbaumer View Post
    Thanks DB.

    We are both getting a lot out of this project. Although I have done this before (once or twice ), teaching the method to my son is very satisfying.
    Judge told me he never see any kids who have hunting license before him in his court. More kids need the outdoors and parents that care.
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    Jr. got one hide grained and membraned. The other wasn't ready yet. Needs more soaking in the ash lye. Progress pics:
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    Got one hide rinsed, wrung-out, soaked in egg yolks, wrung, re-soaked, wrung again. Gonna stretch and soften this one tomorrow. Won't be able to smoke until the other hide is done. Probably work on it next weekend.

    Enjoy.
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    Getting closer. Jr. had to re-"brain" one hide. Came out a little stiff. Re-soaking it now.

    Hope to smoke them both next weekend and have some nice buckskin and a nice 4-H project:
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    Default I love this thread

    More kids today need to get off the Nintendo and get outdoors.

    Heck I would love to learn that!

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    Can you teach me too?
    That look on my face is not concern, its shock at your utter stupidity!

    Check out Redneckarcher.com. It's an adult archer/hunting site that feels like hunt camp.

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    This method of tanning hides is the "Indian way" or brain tanning. Jr. is using egg yolks instead of deer brains on these hides. The result of the process is buckskin. It is thinner and softer than regular leather and was the clothing material of choice by native americans and pioneers.

    The best information I have found on this technique is detailed in the book "Deerskins into Buckskins" by Matt Richards. He has a website, www.braintan.com where you can buy the book. You can also get it at amazon.com.

    He now has a video out on the method. I wish I had a copy of it but have not yet purchased it. I likely will sometime. It is also available on his site or at amazon.

    I have tanned hide using kits from Tandy that were basically lime and chromium from what I recall. The result was thick, tough leather. I like this method much better. No chemicals other than wood ash lye (although I did recently use some hydrated lime when I ran into a problem and it worked well). This method is a lot of hard work but there is just something about it that makes you feel good. Kinda like butchering your own deer instead of having someone else do it. Much more satisfying.

    Finished product photos next weekend, I hope. Thanks for the replies.

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    Default Project buckskin complete

    The project hide is done. Jr. has to work on the exhibit now. Here are the last few pics.

    I left out a lot of steps here but this thread gives you the basic idea, I think. Thanks to those who took the time to comment. I hope you enjoyed the thread:
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    That is an awesome looking buckskin. Thanks for sharing the process to us. Very good thread. I wish I had gotten into tanning when I was a youngin. I trapped and hunted but sold all my pelts.


    Nice job Jr.


    And nice job to you too dad. Thats just awesome awesome awesome.


    "HONDA"

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    Quote Originally Posted by BowhuntnHoosier View Post
    That is an awesome looking buckskin. Thanks for sharing the process to us. Very good thread. I wish I had gotten into tanning when I was a youngin. I trapped and hunted but sold all my pelts.


    Nice job Jr.


    And nice job to you too dad. Thats just awesome awesome awesome.
    Thanks 'Hoosier.

    Jr. told me yesterday he was really proud of his first buckskin. He's going to hang it in his room. He's already planning on making a buckskin shirt this fall out of a couple of does he has yet to shoot. After that is going to be a buckskin quiver.

    Gotta love it.

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    Jr. ended up Grand Champion in our county.

    The project is now at the State Fair which starts tomorrow. Closed judging so we don't know what he received, or if it has even been judged yet.

    I have Hunter Ed all weekend this weekend plus next weekend so we won't be going down to the fair very soon.

    If anyone sees his project at the fair please feel free to PM me with the judging results.

    thanks!
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