History of Tanning

In ancient history, tanning was considered a noxious trade and relegated to the outskirts of town, amongst the poor. The ancients used leather for water skins, bags, harnesses, boats, armor, quivers, scabbards, boots, and sandals. Around 2500 BC, the Sumerians started using leather, affixed by copper studs, on chariot wheels. Tanners would take an animal skin and soak it in water. Then they would thump and scour the skin to eliminate flesh and fat. After the hair fibers were loosened, the tanners would scrape http://nudism-life.com off with a knife. They’d also take cedar oil, alum, or tannin and stretch the skin as it lost moisture and consumed the tanning agent. Left Over leather would be turned into glue. Tanners would place bits of hides in a vat of water and let them deteriorate for months. The mixture would then be set over a fire to boil off the water to create hide adhesive.

My Private Story

I wasn’t born into a nudist family and so I was taught that one must not go around without their clothes on. Being nude in front of others was acceptable only in some specific situations (Doctor’s office, locker rooms, school showers, or other locations where changing clothes was adequate) and just for the short time it was mandatory. One just did not walk around naked in mixed company.

As a youngster I went to a summer camp which was run by my Dad and once a week we had “Scrub”. Typically we wore out bathing suits when we swam in the lake, but on “Scrub Day” we took soap to the lake and left our suits in the cabins. As this is the only method we could really wash, and since it was an all boys’ camp, the mandatory nudity was acceptable. Because I couldn’t swim I did not enjoy going to the lake whatsoever. As far as I was concerned being being bare with the other lads was not the issue being at the lake was.

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