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Posted: 6/15/2009 2:48:56 PM EST
Stumbled on a bit of rawhide (looks like about 5 sq ft) and wondering what it might be good for. I have seen people cut cordage out of it in spirals, but what else do you do with rawhide?

Thanks
Doc
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 4:27:35 PM EST
Boy, I don't know. If she's pretty and likes increasing pain........as it dries, you know.

The only thing I can vaguely recall might be for making shapes. Seems like I recall that the shape of a saddle horn was formed with rawhide then covered with the finish leather. I might be wrong, a saddle is about the one thing I never made. Even back in the early 80's when I did alot a saddle woulda been about $500 for a "tree" and enough skins to do one, a tree was a wooden form the a western saddle was built on.
That memory is from reading the books.
Rawhide is untanned/untreated and is unpliable limiting it's uses. It also does not preserve as well.
Chew toys is one of the biggest uses today I think. Got me stumped.
I also remember it was used as a webbing for snowshoes but was always coated in varnish or some sealer to keep it from breaking down.
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 4:46:35 PM EST
You're in Texas!!! Hay chaps!!
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 4:54:40 PM EST
Mountain Man Duct tape.

It was used to repair all sorts of things. Wrist of a stock, Stirrups, Saddles and so on.

The Backwoodsman had an article a few months back on it's uses.
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