By Steven Edholm
Hey!, the Buckeye Gathering barktanning class is coming up and I have bark on the brain. This article is going to be awesome. A lot of people ask my advice on barktanning and I see the same mistakes made over and over again. I can help, because I’ve made them all too (and still sometimes do), so I know whereof I speak! So listen up fledgling barktanners, because we can save you a lot of frustration, heartbreak and WTF moments.
Procrastination: This is a common mistake in tanning in general. I still do it all the time, unfortunately, but I shouldn’t and you shouldn’t either. Bark tanning is more forgiving than some other types of tanning because some of the solutions the hide is put into can be preservative to a degree, but that shouldn’t be used as an excuse to keep putting off what needs doing. The solutions used in liming and tanning are not foolproof and will not preserve the skin indefinitely, so try not to use their limited preservative power as an excuse for procrastination. good luck with that.