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The Tanning Spirit Video
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Code: Beattie
Price: $30.00
Shipping Weight: 1.00 pounds
A video by Mel Beattie 45 minutes

See how to do the major steps
  • Recommended if you don't have access to hands-on instruction
  • Helps you see how to do each step of the wet-scrape process
  • Valuable learning tool, but lacks the detail to be used as your only guide
If you don't have the opportunity to take a class or work with someone more experienced, watching this video will show you what a book can't. Mel's hides are so even, soft and beautiful, that they inspired a whole generation to switch to the wet-scrape method.

His depiction of braining and softening wet-scrapes is over-simplified (through no fault of his, he was actually doing something to the hides that he wasn't aware was greatly affecting them - which he doesn't show in the video. If you take a fresh hide, and tan it exactly the way he shows it will not normally come out soft --- though now Mel includes an info sheet that fills in the blanks). Despite this, it is very helpful to look over the shoulders of this master tanner and see the motions of scraping, wringing, softening etc. Get this video with Deerskins into Buckskins or Wet-scrape Braintanned Buckskin

Customer Reviews      Avg. Rating:     Number of Reviews: 1      Write your review

Great Video! A Must have for tanners all!
Reviewed By: Chris from Washington State     March 20 2000

I bought the Tanning Spirit Video and am sure glad I did. The video is great. Mel Beattie takes you through the entire process of making buckskin and does so simply and thoroughly. You almost feel like your standing there beside him looking on. There are great video shots that really show you what you need to look for, such as getting that infernal grain off and what to look for when softening. This is a plus to have if you are a beginner and need visual referencing and also could be helpful to masters too.

I recommend this for everyone.

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