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Andrew V

how do you de-grease bone?

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Hi Everyone.
I'm prepping a marrow bone for inlay work.  I have stripped it of meat but its quite heavily contaminated by grease.  Any tips on how to de-grease the bone? Currently its soaking in a strong sugar-soap solution.

Thanks, Andrew

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Although I have never degreased bone, I understand that it needs to be boiled for a long time and that it stinks the house out!!!

 

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There are methods for preparing bone in the archives.  Using the search function is unwieldy, but with enough patience the best suggestions will form a pattern with the shared information from over the years.  You might also try using a Search Engine like google, etc., mentioning The Carving Path, which would target the information in the forum as well.

In the archives there are many topics regarding the preparation of bone, and many other informational topics and posts about the selection and use of bones.

I found this one that might be helpful: https://www.thecarvingpath.net/topic/3123-bones-that-had-been-cleaned-all-cracked/?tab=comments#comment-25210  One takeaway from it is to not cook the bone, and read about the various degreasing agents.  Cooking might tend to force the fats into the bone, in my opinion.  

Good luck to your investigation, preparation and carving of the bone!

Janel

 

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Thanks Janel, I did as you suggested and put 'the carving path prepare bone' into a search engine and came up with several very useful threads

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