Working with fishskin
guitar player friend of mine thought of me one day as his associates
at work were tossing out the trash, and rescued this superlight
pork rind jar for my collection. Good eye, Guy Minervini!
I had bought a 13" fishskin from mid-east, the first fishskin
ever for me. When it arrived, it was apparent that one half of the
skin was darker than the other, and on closer examination, I saw
the darker half was THINNER by a good bit. At that point, we decided
to head the hibachi, both openings. Len basically did most of the
work, and I was amazed at how easily he did it.
After only 15 or 20 minutes in the water, the fishskin was flexible;
a bit stinky too, I might add, although you cannot tell now. We
cut the skin in half, along the line where the thickness varied.
The darker and thinner half went on the oval shaped hole at the
bottom, and the thicker part went on the circular hole on top. Len
used a stiff twine, and we took it apart and used only one strand
of it, and it was kind of sticky and held together well. We made
a loop, a slip knot like in a yoyo, and then one of us held the
loop around the mouth as the other situated the skin, pulling out
wrinkles as we tightened the loop around the lip of the opening.
We pulled the skin tight, then around and around with the line.
At the end, a drop of superglue held the line in place.
had planned to trim the edges of the skin, but liked the rustic
look and left it as it was.
feedback. Thanks for looking..