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Tanned Hog Hides?

My Grandpa used to trap them when he still lived in OK and so I know just how good the meat can be. But does anyone make use of their hides? They obviously do not have the awesome fur coats that other animals have but I have seen some that have some pretty cool black and white colorations.

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that's a good question...

I have been tanning buckskin for a few years now and have tried to get a boar hunt set up, but haven't been able to pull it off.  As far as tanning boar hides, I have had people tell me that it can be done while others have told me it can't be done.  I am looking forward to getting a chance at a boar just to try tanning it's hide (along with enjoying it's meat, I hope).  The quickest way of getting me to do something is tell me it can't be done.  If I get the oppertunity to try tanning one, I'll let the forum know how it goes.

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don't know for sure

beauty is in the eye of the beholder for sure.  So if you  like teh look of it, go ahead and try tanning one yourself.  Home tanning isn't that hard.

I have never seen it done, but I have been around hogs fopr a number of years and I've never seen one wth a hide that I thought would be worth wearing or even making a rug from. 

We know that pigskin makes decent leather (it is what footballs are traditionally made from).  Other than that I have seen it to make mallet heads where rubber is not widely available.  So we know that it CAN be done. 

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Check the tips section of BGH

Check the tips section of BGH, I just submitted a tip with my home hide tanning process.

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just a guess

My guess is that if you get it tanned, it will be some tough leather.  I'm surprised that more leather items aren't made of hog hike.  Is the hog related in any way to the "Nauga"?  I've seen Nauga hide used in a number of faux items.

Hey, I'm like you.... just tell me something can't be done and I will give it a try.  Let us know how it turns out.  And in the meantime, enjoy that pork.

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i'm thinking that most

i'm thinking that most rawhide products are actually pig-hide. all of the doggie chew toys and sticks are the leftover trimmings from cow and processed along with pig-skin.

i'm pretty sure it's a nasty process, but i'd have to say that's where they end up at.

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Boar(hog) hide

I was at a mountain man rendevous a few years ago and there was some tanned boar(hog) hide there.  They said that it would make great bottoms for moccasins and even had a pair there to show me.  They said it wears like iron, but conforms to your foot and is better than store bought boots.

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