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Because leather is cured and then maintained. If it's left as raw skin it'll decompose just as fast as any other dead matter, and if it's not maintained then it will eventually fall to bits as well.
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frumpleton 16 months ago
Very good answer. I tried to tan a deer hide a friend gave me. A book said to use alum if I wanted to keep the hair on it. You can use the same stuff you feed acidic plants. Some kind of sulphate, I think. Can't recall it's name.
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