Racoon skin shaving needed?

Submitted by SeaBass on 02/03/2004. ( bassluongo@comcast.net )

A couple coon questions: If I am using krowtann on a raccoon, do I need to shave the flesh side of the skin? If so, are there any home tools that can be used for this or do I need to order a special knife? Also, can borax be used on racoons? I hear they are rather thick-skinned so I do not know if this is a good idea. Its my first raccoon, by the way, not a customers piece, so perfection is not neccessary. Thanks

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Raccoon fleshing

This response submitted by Paul on 02/05/2004. ( paulstax2000@yahoo.com )

Yes a little fleshing is needed on the face and back. I do it on the body green on my beam, then the face after pickling. They are thin skinned as small mammals go. It will need to be degreased, lots of it on raccoons. I use a skife knife and scalpel on detail areas and a draw knife on a beam when fleshing.

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