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.
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.
|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.
- Occasionally, when you activate the Tanning Rack, the animation will not start and you will not enter third-person view if you were in first-person view. When this happens, you will instantly crash upon crafting anything. The workaround is to exit the screen, wait a few seconds, and then try again.