How to Tan a Rabbit Hide

From a homesteader who raises rabbits for both meat and leather, here are the basics of how to tan a rabbit hide.

how to tan a rabbit hide - drying hides
The furs go back into a second tanning, after which they are washed and hung up to dry.
Kathy Kellogg
how to tan a rabbit hide - breaking the ski
"Breaking the skin" involves taking a barely damp pelt (left) and stretching it to obtain a soft, flexible skin (right).
Kathy Kellogg
how to tan a rabbit hide - fleshing the hide
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.
Kathy Kellogg
how to tan a rabbit hide - sleeve pulled hides
Here are some cased or sleeve-pulled green rabbit hides, the first step in how to tan a rabbit hide.
Photo by Kathy Kellogg

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