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Drying Frame

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Drying Frame icon.png Drying Frame
Skill(s) required:
Size: unknown
Object(s) required:
Needs lighting?: No
Liftable?: Yes
Hit points: unknown
Soak value: unknown
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Drying Frame


Depicts a raw hide on the frame starting the drying process
Depicts a dry hide on the frame

A variety of items can be put on the drying rack to dry them out, including Fish and their Swim Bladders, Soaked Bark, and raw Animal Hides. Each type of item takes a different amount of time to dry:

Item Time
Any Fish 72h
Argopelter Skin 24h
Bark 8h
Beaver Pelt 4h
Bear Skin 15h
Deer Hide 9h
Isinglass (Swim Bladder) 15m
March Hare Hide 24h
Rabbit Skin 2h
Timber Rattler Skin 1h
Tobacco 48h

For faster drying times you can use a Hunter's Drying Rack that you find in the Hunter's Pack.

How to Tan Hides

  1. Place a raw hide on a Drying Frame. It'll become a Dried Hide after 8 hours.
  2. Use Lime on a Bucket of Water to make Milk of Lime
  3. Craft Limed Hide from the craft menu
  4. Use a Brain(or 2) on a 10L Bucket of Water to make a bucket of 10L Tanning Fluid (concentration is 5% or 10%).
  5. Place up to four Limed Hides into the tub
  6. Pour the Tanning Fluid into tanning tub and wait. Make sure to add 10L of Tanning Fluid per hide you wish to tan.
  7. Every time a hide tans 100% it consumes 10L of Tanning Fluid and is converted into Leather. There's a chance of getting Foetid Ooze instead, if that happens the Tanning Fluid will not be consumed.


  • Whilst on the Drying Frame or Tanning Tub a faint white dial appears over the hide icon to indicate its progress. Animal hide takes roughly 8 (real) hours to dry and to tan.
  • Solution concentration doesn't affect tanning time. High concentration raises resulting leather quality a little bit.
  • Plain water can be added to the tanning tub if it's not empty.
  • Adding plain water dilutes the solution requiring a brain to be added. If the solution falls under (4.8), the hides will not tan.
  • A Brain can be added directly to the tub if the solution falls under this concentration to bring it back up. Maximum concentration is 10%.
  • Brains are only acquired with butchering a dead deer, beaver or March Hare, and only after Tanning is learned.
  • Tanning Fluid may also be created by boiling Birch Bark. Boiling four pieces of bark in a full Clay Pot yields 3L of Tanning Fluid with 6% concentration which takes 30 minutes be made.

Game Menu
Build (B) ⇒Drying Frame (Y)

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