Suggestions for primitive building for drying hides?

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Suggestions for primitive building for drying hides?

RedWolf
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17 Oct 2014, 21:49 #1

I wasn't sure where to put this, so I am posting it in the Club House.

It is looking like our plans to get some hides for tanning and rawhide are going to pan out, and I am about to start trapping the coons out of the orchard. This has left me in a bit of a conundrum, since I only have a vague idea what sort of shelter I need to dry the hide in.

I have a stand of Sweet Gum trees that I have permission to take an ax to, so I have been considering trying to throw something together from them. It honestly only has to last out the season, maybe not even that if I can make enough coin to build something better. The stand is primarily saplings, with a few trees scattered throughout.

I was thinking about an elongated wickiup, or maybe some kind of trappers shack.

Just wondering if anybody had any thoughts or experience they wished to share.

Also, I may have brain tan hides to sell before the year is out. Will keep yall updated. Wish us luck!
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Le_Loup
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18 Oct 2014, 00:05 #2

Well if you have the hides on a frame hanging up, any type of shelter will do. Make the easiest one you can with what you have.
Many years ago when I first moved to New England, I built a cabin up in the mountains & I used to tack the hides to the walls outside. But I daresay you will be using boards or wire frames for coon.
Keith.
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RedWolf
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18 Oct 2014, 00:11 #3

Nice looking place.

I am going to have to contend with a wet winter out here, which is why I am worrying over it.
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Le_Loup
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18 Oct 2014, 00:18 #4

RedWolf wrote:Nice looking place.

I am going to have to contend with a wet winter out here, which is why I am worrying over it.
Yes I understand, hides are likely to go mouldy in wet weather unless the room is either heated, or has good ventilation.
Keith.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost.

Captain, Armidale NSW Australia chapter.
http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/
http://australiansurvivalandpreppers.blogspot.com.au/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHEOMS ... _as=public
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RedWolf
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18 Oct 2014, 00:33 #5

Do I need to make two doors, or some such to achieve the ventilation?
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RedWolf
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18 Oct 2014, 03:53 #6

I have been looking at some things, and I am thinking on trying my hand at thatching. I think I have a plan for a sort of Europeanized longhouse. I picked up some new woodworking kit for my forge, that I think are custom made for this...time will tell.
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Le_Loup
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18 Oct 2014, 08:35 #7

Maybe a simple "A" frame like this Bodger's Camp would do the trick?

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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost.

Captain, Armidale NSW Australia chapter.
http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/
http://australiansurvivalandpreppers.blogspot.com.au/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHEOMS ... _as=public
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RedWolf
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18 Oct 2014, 15:19 #8

I was originally thinking that, but I got to looking at it, and freestanding frame could almost as easily support a domed roof, which would give me more space to hang stuff...I guess I am just going to have to chop everything down, puzzle piece it together.
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