A cable will allow you to work a hide harder and more
efficiently than any other softening tool. It's a real life-saver if you get behind on a hide and a spot or two starts to
stiffen up, though we ( and just about every brain tanner we know of), use it throughout the
softening process. Even folks who frame soften their hides will cable them when they take them off the frame.
Use: Used in the process of softening wetscrapes, dryscrapes and furs.
Specs: Made from 3/16" thick, five foot long, aircraft cable.
Comes with cable clamps.
Cons: After working numerous hides on your cable, it will start to exude a gray dust that can stain your hide. At that
point, if you wipe the cable down with a damp cloth it will solve the problem. If you don't, it
will go away on its own, but takes
Bottom Line: You could save a
couple bucks and buy all the parts for this yourself at the local
hardware store, or you could pay us to get the parts and put it together for
you, your choice. Either way, you want this tool! One cable lasts a very long time.
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Other dryscraping resources:
- Blue Mountain Buckskin
by Jim Riggs. The best book on dryscrape.
- Dryscraper, for removing the hair and
Pumice, for smoothing out tool marks and other blemishes; as well as removing excess membrane.
for fleshing on a beam (recommended by most dryscrapers).