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12-06-2012 12:57 AM

I am building some mallets and I was going to put rawhide faces on them.

Normally, I just buy some rawhide sheets (usually the ones in the packs for dogs at the grocery store). Soak them in water for a couple hours and then stretch them over the mallet head and use brass tacks to attach them.
After setting out in the sun for a day or so, the rawhide can be trimmed to look nice and formed.

This time however the rawhide has been in the water for about 4 days and is nearly as stiff as Great Great Grandpa after 3 days at the funeral parlor.

What gives? this stuff doesn’t look any different than the other stuff I’ve bought and after it gets wet it still smells the same.

Wandering minds Inquire!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#1 posted 12-06-2012 11:22 AM


...sounds like you got a defective rawhide chew. ... ;-)

If you can’t get it to soften up, send it to me and I’ll have one of my bench dogs work it over.
They can get those slobberin’ soft in about 30 minutes.
I have 3 Boston Terriers, Elvis, Prisilla and Lisa Marie …yep, I know, how corny, but the LOML is a product of the 50’s (he was the Love Of Her Life) and they’re her pride and joy. short of havin’ one of your neighborhood dogs chew that up for Ya, my only other suggestion would be to spend a little more and upgrade to a better grade of dog chew. ;-) lol

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 12-06-2012 12:01 PM

Len, don’t feel bad about the names…...

My wife has 5 kitties: Ralph & Alice, Bert and Ernie, and LG (Little Girl).

She was also a product of the 50s and her kids watched Sesame Street. LOL

LG and Alice are my shop help and supervisors.
They love dragging chips and sawdust around in their tails and dropping it in the house, creating trouble for me.
But they aren’t afraid of the machines except the table saw.
They also find small parts for me that fall on the floor…... usually about a week after I’ve lost the part and purchased a new one.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 12-06-2012 12:14 PM

Maybe it was just a tough old cow :-)

Do you dare boil it?

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-06-2012 12:40 PM

I might try boiling it if nothing else works. Ahhhhhhh, the aroma of hot raw cow in the mornings!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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