The art of turning fish into leather

“Chang peels a folded salmon skin from one of the bags and flattens it on the table. ‘You can really have at her,’ she says, demonstrating how to use the edge of the stone to rub away every fiber of flesh. The scales on the other side of the skin will have to go too. On a sockeye skin, they come off easily if scraped from tail to head, she adds, ‘like rubbing a cat backwards.’ The skin must be clean, otherwise it will rot or fail to absorb tannins that will help transform it into leather.”

Chloe Williams – Hakai Magazine – April 2020


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