The furs go back into a second tanning, after which they are washed and hung up to dry.
"Breaking the skin" involves taking a barely damp pelt (left) and stretching it to obtain a soft, flexible skin (right).
After the skins have soaked for two days in the first tanning solution, they are fleshed: that is, the fatty tissue and meat are removed.
Here are some cased or sleeve-pulled green rabbit hides, the first step in how to tan a rabbit hide.
Photo by Kathy Kellogg