Skyrim:Tanning

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A Tanning Rack

Tanning Racks can be used to cure hides and pelts, converting them into leather, and to cut leather into leather strips. In game the animation associated with this action involves a character (NPCs will perform this action also, though there will be no change to their inventories) crouching in front of a tanning rack and using a small knife to scrape a hide. This process is more similar to preparing hides or vellum than actually tanning leather.

[edit] Locations

Hold Tanning Rack Location
Eastmarch Blacksmith QuartersDarkwater CrossingGallows RockHlaalu FarmKynesgroveLost Knife HideoutMorvunskarNarzulburRiverside ShackSacellum of BoethiahTraitor's Post
Falkreath Angi's CampBannermist TowerCracked Tusk KeepDengeir's HouseHalf-Moon MillHunter's RestKnifepoint RidgeLod's HousePinewatch
Haafingar Broken Oar GrottoIronback HideoutPenitus Oculatus OutpostSolitude BlacksmithVolkihar Keep(DG)
Hjaalmarch GuardhouseOrotheim
The Pale IrkngthandRaldbtharRustleif's House
The Reach Bruca's Leap RedoubtCliffside RetreatDruadach RedoubtDushnikh YalHag Rock RedoubtKarthspire CampKarthwastenUnderstone Keep
The Rift Autumnwatch TowerBroken Helm HollowFaldar's ToothFilnjar's HouseFroki's ShackHeartwood MillHoneysideIvarsteadLargashburSarethi FarmThe Scorched HammerTolvald's CaveFort Dawnguard(DG)
SolstheimDB Alor HouseBloodskal BarrowDamphall MineFrostmoon CragNchardakNorthshore LandingSeverin ManorSkaal Village
Whiterun Alvor and Sigrid's HouseBattle-Born FarmGreenspring HollowHalted Stream CampSerpent's Bluff RedoubtSven and Hilde's HouseWarmaiden's
Winterhold AlftandFrostflow LighthouseWreck of The Pride of Tel Vos

[edit] Tanning Transformations

Leather is unusually heavy, meaning that in nearly all cases leather weighs more than the hides/pelts used to create the leather. Therefore, tanning when near your Carry Weight limit can cause you to be over-encumbered. However, further transforming the leather into leather strips always results in a net decrease in weight.

Several pelts -- all varieties of bear pelts as well as Ice Wolf Pelts -- are more valuable originally than after being converted into leather. Even if the leather is further transformed in leather strips, there is still a net decrease in gold value.

Used Weight Value Created Weight Value Delta Weight Delta Value
Bear Pelt × 1 3 50 Leather × 4 2 10 5 -10
Cave Bear Pelt × 1 3 60 Leather × 4 2 10 5 -20
Cow Hide × 1 2 10 Leather × 3 2 10 4 20
Deer Hide × 1 2 10 Leather × 2 2 10 2 10
Goat Hide × 2 1 5 Leather × 1 2 10 0 0
Fox Pelt × 1 0.5 5 Leather × 1 2 10 1.5 5
Horse Hide × 1 2 15 Leather × 3 2 10 4 15
Ice Wolf Pelt × 1 1 15 Leather × 1 2 10 1 -5
Sabre Cat Pelt × 1 2 25 Leather × 4 2 10 6 15
Sabre Cat Snow Pelt × 1 2 40 Leather × 4 2 10 6 0
Snow Bear Pelt × 1 3 75 Leather × 4 2 10 5 -35
Snow Fox Pelt × 1 0.5 7 Leather × 1 2 10 1.5 3
Vale Deer HideDG × 1 2 10 Leather × 2 2 10 2 10
Vale Sabre Cat HideDG × 1 2 10 Leather × 4 2 10 6 30
Wolf Pelt × 1 1 10 Leather × 1 2 10 1 0
Leather × 1 2 10 Leather Strips × 4 0.1 3 -1.6 2

Technically, there are two varieties of Deer Hides (2 IDs). However, the two varieties are identical as far as tanning is concerned.


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