What is wet tanning ? Is the skin fleshed and then sent wet?
What exactly is it and what are advantages of it ?
Is it fleshed completly or semi fleshed?
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Whitt, the hide is sent BACK to you wet. You still need to flesh, salt, re-salt, let the hide dry rock solid and then ship off to your tannery. If you want a wet tan, once the tannery tans your hide, they will then freeze it and send it to you wet. I believe an oiling process is skipped on this type of tan, so the hair may not have as lush a luster to it as a soft tan. One disadvantage is if you are not ready to mount it right away, you will take up freezer space in storing it, also the shipping and handling fee will be higher.
I didn't mean the last oiling step is omitted on the wet tan from every tannery....forget I said that. It's been some Friday. A good tannery WILL do all of the oiling steps, I have had other experiences. Some like a wet tan some like the dry soft tan. I like the dry soft, just personal working preference. You may want to try both, and hopefully I havn't confused the BJEEBERS out of you!
Again to the goofy remark I made up there, the hair SEEMS not to have as much of a luster to it to ME anyway! I better stop right here!
Wet tanning elininates some of the final steps at the tannery but the cape or hide is TANNED and returned to you while it is still moist ( not dripping wet).The advantages are that you do not need to rehydrate it before mounting as you need to do with a soft tanned cape.This eliminates possible slipping should you not handle the cape as well as you should.If you dont want to mount it right away you can freeze it and take it out to thaw the night before mounting.Also, the return time from the tannery is much faster.I try to get most of my capes done that way, even moose.Sure it costs a bit more, but if you work the cost into your overhead it's worth the time savings and fast turnaround time.Hope this answers your question....JL
JL took the words right out of my mouth, that's pretty much it. I run a full-time Commercial Wet Tannery. You don't need to dry your hide before sending because I accept them green (frozen) too. I also split / turn the cape. I'm very reasonable and quick turn-around. Give me a call and I will tell you more about the services I offer @ (918)989-5465.
Dirty Creek Taxidermy & Tannery