Mie J. Damgaard Snowshoes May 24th, 2018 - 16:43:10
This is the best way to fully relax rawhide. It does not ruin the machine or the hide. Just dont use hot water! Once the skin is soft enough close the lid and let the wash machine go through its cycles on a cold rinse. If your machine is not big enough go to the local Laundromat and use the commercial machine. People will look at you funny tell them it is a new type of material used to deflect bullets and is being considered for use by the military. On large rawhide skins like cow or buffalo you will need a large container. If your neighbor has a swimming pool that will work just fine just use necessary precautions. Actually you can use a large plastic trash can just keep pushing the hide down until is fully submerged. This may take a few hours. The thicker the hide the longer it will take to fully relax. Some ideas on working with rawhide.
What you need to know to get started: Type of Snowshoe. Depending on your goal activity you can choose from snowshoes designed for running back country or general recreation. Most people who want to get started will buy or rent recreational shoes. Other Gear. Wear clothing that will wick away moisture such as polyester or lycra blends. Cotton is a no-no in cold weather as it gets wet and will hold moisture against your skin. Dress in layers so that you can remove clothing as you get warmer. A pair of stable waterproof hiking boots are a good bet if you are hiking. If you are running a stable trail running shoe or a lightweight day hiking shoe works best. Many people use ski poles in the same way that a hiker does- to increase energy output due to additional upper body muscle use provides stability and to decrease stress on knees ankles and feet. Use leg gators to keep snow out of your boots and keep your feet dry. Make sure you bring your water bottle and some extra food for energy along the way. Other items include first aid kit sunglasses map camera matches flashlight compass/g.p.s (if you know how to use it!) and a cell phone.
Along with the recent popularity of snowshoeing technology has stepped up and designed and manufactured more durable and lightweight snowshoes. Snowshoes have come a long way since the wooden framed rawhide-laced versions worn by Inuits and Native Americans. If you want to try snowshoeing check with local ski rental shops where you plan to snowshoe. Most will have snowshoes for rent. This is a good way to see if this is a sport you want to get into. The experts in the rental shops should be able to offer advice on size and type of snowshoes to rent. Along with the snowshoes they will fit you with appropriate sized poles that will come in handy during your hike. You should also have a good pair of insulated winter boots and gaiters (gaiters fit over your pants and boot tops) to keep your feet warm and dry. Start off by practicing walking with your snowshoes on near the trailhead until you feel comfortable and ready to venture out. Take it slow and conserve energy by keeping your feet close to the snow so youre almost shuffling along.
Or you can choose from our large selection of furs skins leather and rawhide. We have over 22 years of experience our hides exemplify our skilled workmanship and knowledge of tanning. We offer tours of our tanning facilty year around and will provide samples of tanned skins and leather. Hunters can save tanning costs by shipping directly to the tannery. Our custom handmade rawhide lampshades will give you that special one-of-a-kind touch that will have you stopping frequently to admire your lighting. We create wonderful rawhide baskets from small ones to our super large 55 gallon containers. Rawhide lace is offered in three sizes 1/2 - 1/4 - 1/8 inch widths. Our newest product is our 100% all natural rawhide pet chews. Made with elk deer and bison rawhide we hand roll each chew to make it easier for you pet to chew.