Number of Reviews: 6 Write
Reviewed By: Screamin' Eagle from the
mountains of Pennsylvania May 29 2001
This is probably the best source to begin learning how to tan, for the
beginner and excellent reference for the advanced tanner. I often refer to
my copy, learning more each time I open it, and refresh my newly acquired
knowledge. Have used the books method for 20+ hides to date. Due to every
hides different properties, I only had minor difficulties with 3 hides,
which was discussed in "The Hide Out" and resolved.
If you are looking for a more complete book on brain tanning, it isn't
out there yet.... while you are continuing to look, read Deerskins into
Buckskins and you will have what you need to brain tan.
Brain Tanning Made Simple
Reviewed By: Timothy L Blanchard
from Albany, New York March 11
This is definitely a must for anyone wanting to brain tan hides! I am just
getting started and through the information given in this book, was able to
figure out the mistakes that I made on the first three hides I did. I also know
that I can go back and correct those mistakes and make my hides better! They are
not ruined, nor do I have to leave them as is. I can make them even better.
The organization of the book is superb. When "newbie's" such as
myself get to a point in the process of tanning a hide and had "brain
fade" (which happens to me a lot!) it is very easy to go right to the
correct section to find out what you should be doing. The many illustrations really assist a beginner to grasp what is being
discussed in the text. Nobody should think about tanning hides without having
this book as a guide throughout the process!
Thanks Matt for a wonderful reference manual.
Must Have Brain Tanning Book
Reviewed By: Chris "AboNormal" Hanson
from the Heart of South Dakota March 10
This is a must have book for any hide tanner! Matt's (re)discovery and
publication of the bucking process is nothing short of revolutionary.
I'm sure "Deerskins into Buckskins" is responsible for the
conversion of many a diehard dryscraper. I have been brain tanning for 10 years
and have yet to find a more efficient process. The book is succinct, informative, with easy to follow instructions. The
trouble shooting sections would be especially beneficial for the first-time tanner.
I'd highly recommend it to anyone interested in brain tanning regardless of
their experience level. If you had to pick only one book to have on the braintanning process, this
should be it.
Reviewed By: Vaughn Terpack
from the Southeastern US March 5
It has often been said that any book is worth the price paid if only one
sentence amongst the many thousands therein does something for the reader. If
that one word or sentence is structured in such a way that it makes things in
the reader's head click together in some cohesive manner, often the rest of the
book doesn't matter.
So it is with Matt's bit of writing. By his own admission, Deerskins Into
Buckskins isn't a perfect bit of literature. However, we must look beyond that
(it's coming from Matt after all!!!) to find the one sentence.
Personally, there were two things in this book that made it more than worth
the price paid. The first was the cover photo were I was able to determine the
benefits of hanging a skin rump-up by a cross bar. Now, my skins are far better.
Secondly, there was that interesting idea about using glue instead of staples
or needle and thread. To say that I experience Nirvana after trying that would
be an understatement in the extreme. I cannot adequately express how greatly
this changed the quality of my tanning operation and the finished skins.
Proving the old adage correct, Matt's book doesn't glitter with fancy
drawings or great use of the English language, but it is golden nonetheless. You
absolutely must have it in your home library.
Reviewed By: Ben Magiera from Pine Valley, CA June
The book Deerskins into Buckskins is perfect for the beginner who is
just getting into buckskinning or for the experienced buckskinner who just
wants to refresh his/her knowledge on buckskinning. The book is quick,
concise and to the point. This book is the best and easiest one I've ever
read. If you are having trouble getting started or just having problems
period this is the books for you.
Best instructional book ever written
Reviewed By: Dan Aitchison from Ridgefield, CT April
This is by far the best instructional book ever written on any topic that I've wanted to learn. Taking you from the very first step clear through the very last, Deerskins into Buckskins covers all the bases. Not only is it extremely well written, but it is also well organized and easy to reference.
Great for the beginner who might not have any hands on experience or personal guidance; this book can teach you how to make great quality buckskin on your first try! (This is where I and friends learned from!) For those who are experienced tanners, Deerskins into Buckskins would be a good reference book and one that might teach you a few "fine tuning" tricks. Matt mentions the wrong moves before you go there, and what to do if you do. Many great buckskins owe their success to this book. The video is a good companion to help see the steps in action.