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Make yourself a stretching form for the hide.
Excellent post I stretch my hides out a little different.
For hides I have skinned off like a tube I have used 2X6 synthetic deck material like trex boards. They come with the edges already beveled off so I just round off the end so I have an ironing board or bullet like shape and bevel the edges. Turning the hide inside out so the hair side is on the inside of the tube, I soak the hide overnight in brine and than stretch the hide over the board, so that the boards is on the inside like putting on a sock. For bigger hides I just screw boards together so that I have a 4X6 or 6x6 form. I will either snip off the legs or insert the appropriate size dowel to stretch them out. Once the hide is dry and scraped clean I coat it with a brain paste and smoke the hide. That results in the softest most supple tanned hide that does not stink when wet and stays soft once it dries out.
 
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