Brain tanned leather.
The drum head circle is 16″ diameter
Made from white tail deer skin. Thickness is medium.
Drum head has a surface scar in the center (it’s doesn’t go all the way through). Grade B leather since it’s not as cosmetically smooth looking or colored as grade A. Could also be used for another project.
With traditional brain tanning, the leather is not thinned to an even thickness, so they retain their natural density (each hide has varying degrees of thickness throughout). I lace the hide onto a wooden frame, to stretch and work it dry, making it lay fairly flat for cutting patterns. Smoking the leather is the final step, (if you would like a hide left in the white, let us know!), and I mainly use Quaking Aspen for this.
Some, but not all, hides have scars on them from the deer fighting or going under barbed wire fences. Colors aren’t completely even, as shown in pictures.
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