Experienced tanners will appreciate learning the tweaks and improvements that Matt has learned in the six years since he wrote Deerskins into Buckskins (and. Deerskins Into Buckskins has ratings and 7 reviews. Mike (the Paladin) said: I’m not kidding myself that I’ll ever be in shape to use the information. Deerskins into Buckskins by Matt Richards, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.
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America’s Best Selling Tanning Guide. Over photographs and illustrations bring you step-by-step from raw skin to velvety soft buckskin and then show you how to create beautiful garments and useful goods.
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You will also learn how to make rawhide and hide glue, tan in a wilderness setting and the best way to skin. History, humour and science make this book not only practical, but fun! Designed to be easily understood by the beginner yet rich with details for the experienced, this book teaches tanning as a natural process.
No chemicals are buckskibs All the tools and materials are waiting around your home and land. While the tools are simple, having a great method is the key. This book has that method see the following reviews. Buckskin is durable, soft, washable and warm.
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A hand-made garment for people all over the world for millennia, it breathes and stretches with your body, cuts the wind and won’t tear on briars. It is excellent to wear hiking, hunting or around the house. Plus you don’t need to hunt. Get started, buy a copy. You’ll be amazed at the unexpected ease of the process and more importantly buckslins results. It is obvious that Matt has created a ‘quantum leap’ in the art.
His process dramatically reduces the time and work, resulting in the nicest buckskisn I have ever made. Easy to read yet amazingly thorough, with just a touch of twisted humor in the right places. Experimentation combined with years of tanning for a living and a thorough study of leather chemistry, has resulted in a simple method that produces excellent results. buclskins
Deerskins into Buckskins is a highly recommendable work Detailed photographs and illustrations, a simple to follow style, and fourteen years of experience teaching thousands of people how to tan, allow Matt Richards to show you exactly what you need to know to successfully turn your deer, deedskins, moose or buffalo skins into the leather preferred by outdoorsmen and deerskine peoples for millennia. You’ll learn the traditional methods of brain tanning as well as how to use a dozen eggs or soap and oil instead.
This revised and updated edition includes substantial improvements to the process that make it even easier for you to produce soft and durable buckskin.
Plus, you don’t need to hunt. Deerskins that would otherwise go to waste are available every fall from neighbors, locals and butcher shops. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
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Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention deerskins into buckskins great book easy to understand brain deersoins anyone interested step by step tanning hides well written tanning hides making buckskin brain tan recommend this book highly recommend good info tanning deer matt richards make buckskin bought this book deer hides deer hide.
Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I purchased this book for myself as well as for my brother and nephew. It will take reading it through a few times as well as applying it a number more to really remember all the details and get the “muscle memory” from experience. I also ordered the excellent video which accompanies it.
I will discuss and rate them together. Like the video, the book is of a inho “homegrown” production quality, but is fully sufficient for the purpose of the set, which is to teach you to be a good to great brain tanner pretty much out of the chute.
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I have read a few negative comments regarding this book, and while I find them to be petty, whiny and ceerskins one even stated he hadn’t even cracked the book open before rating it poorly there was one issue which bears discussing: For instance, while the video quality was obviously not a Hollywood production, does anyone really expect it to be? Well, apparently one or two people would. But does it need to be? No, of course not, especially when you are talking about the subject matter.
Do you really think the kind of person willing to stick a deer brain in a blender and then stick his hands into the brain emulsion as part of a long physically exhausting manual process is going to complain about the lack of studio lighting? The men and women who will be tanning hides are not the panty-waists writing poor reviews.
The video is clean, there is zero wind noise on the mic, and the author and cameraman show you clearly and exactly what a process looks like, something that simply can not be conveyed in the book. Likewise, the book provides the level of detail and depth of understanding you can not achieve in a single video. While the book’s drawings were done by the author or a friend? Matt’s writing style is down to earth with occasional light humor.
He approaches each step of the process in an ordered, organized manner. It is important to rate products based on their ability to deliver their intended purpose to their intended customer at a good value. This book and video admirably achieve their goal of providing both the intellectual know-how and visual familiarity required for a beginner or less-than-expert buckskin brain tanner to be able to produce a great quality buckskin you can be proud of on the first attempt using these techniques, which Matt has perfected over the last 15 years as of the time of printing the 2nd Edition.
The 2nd Edition book was edited in format to incorporate Matt’s latest discoveries into the ordered list of steps.
The video was not – it had the 1st edition steps, and then at the end discussed adding the acidification step after the bucking and rinse steps. He also touched on alternative processing steps for those who wish to try them. I do not find this objectionable – in fact I appreciated seeing the 1st Edition process first. It allowed me to even better understand how the simple addition of a new 15 minute acidification bath can improve the overall process and quality of the buckskin.
If you are interested in learning tanning, be aware that the process is tedious, time consuming, and fatiguing. If you only want this as a library book it doesn’t matter, but if you are thinking of tanning your own skins, be aware it is far from trivial and is a multi-day process.
Don’t forget the tanner’s time capsule – the freezer is your friend. This book is usually first on any list of good books on tanning deer hides and making buckskin. The books lives up to the hype. It contains many pictures and helpful illustrations of each step in the process. Videos are helpful, but I believe you could successfully tan a deer hide using the info contained in this book.
Experts on the process may not find much new information, but as an all around resource on the subject, its a great book. If this review was helpful, please click the “helpful” link, thanks.
I bought this book based on the recommendations here. If you are like me, and view tanning as an arcane art out of reach of most people, you are in for a surprise. The author, in a most readable manner, goes through the basics of tanning a deer hide. Materials required can be found around most homes. The scope is narrow – deerskins to buckskins. This shouldn’t come as a surprise – it’s spelled out in the title. If you are interested in other products – pelts for instance, or animals other than deer – there are other books out there, but I would recommend reading this one first to see what an uncomplicated process it can be.
I have since read Monte Burch’s “The Ultimate Guide to Skinning and Tanning” This is a book that has some great ideas on tools and working area arrangements. It also goes into using some of the more toxic, manufactured treatments for curing hides.
I would have never considered tanning if I had read the Burch book first.
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We have a small homestead, and it would be difficult to dispose of these toxic materials. Thanks to Richards and “Deerskins to Buckskins”, I know there are alternatives. Other books will tell you how to skin other animals and how to preserve the fur, but this book will show you that you can do this at home and you can do it with materials that are not hazardous.
This is an outstanding book, well written and extremely practical. The lay out of information is very accessible and fairly concise. It does need a read through before you use it step by step. Another thing you may consider is getting his companion DVD which would probably be a better step by step.
See picture is helpful, seeing it done real time would be better. Its a lot of work and managing your work area and the cadence of how you execute a technique is something you have to see in action.