After what process do you put your hide in the tumbler. How often do you change the corn cob material.
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Why do you tumble your hide? And that's not being smartassed. I just never have tumbled a hide. When I get it out of the tanning and wash it the final time, I spin dry it in an old washing machine. I towel the skin side and then mount it. Tumbling just seems to use up good corn cob grit in my opinion and unless the tumbler is over 6 feet high, it's doing nothing to actually soften or "break" the hide anyway. Just my opinion and I'd be very interested in hearing those of others.
Jeff and George,
I too final wash and spin dry in an old washing machine but I tumble the hide in about 20lbs of puffed borax. I also kinda wonder if its necessary. I read along time ago that the borax helps bug proof the hide but it also comes out nice and fluffy and dry. The down side to all of this is that puffed borax is expensive. I kept meaning to try the grit but never got around to it (force of habit ). Has anyone else tried tumbling in Borax. Just curious.
I use a larger size grit when I tumble my wet tanned skins. I do not spin dry, just drip, towel and air dry so the tumble does give me the dry cycle.
It does also seem to "polish" the hair and gives a nice sheen to deer family skins and a good fluff to cats and yos.
But I do Not use corncob Grit. Great stuff for birds. but I do not like it inside the hide. I use coarse kiln dried hardwood sawdust. it really livens up the hair, gives it a nice shine. As well as makes them nice to work with. The kiln dried sawdust cost me $12.00 a pick up load. 4 yards. if changed after each hide that would last a year. In reality 2 50 pound grain sacks full last a year. If you have ever worked with a tumbled hide. you will never want to mount one that is not. In answer to your question Jeff Tumble just before mounting, and try the hardwood sawdust. Change when it is damp. it the sawdust is not contaminated with junk. You can spread out on cardboard to dry. and reuse.
Why do you guys tumble the capes? We do both capes and flats. The only thing we tumble for is to break the flats. It's gotta be a pain in the back side to clean all the crap off the wet tanned capes. We freeze em,thaw em, and mount em.
If you have never tumbled before mounting try it. Like Tenbears said it gives the capes a beautiful shine. Also it absorbes any residuel oil that left around the eyes and ears.
i can't see it's worth the effort. I wash with mount brite after mounting, and apply hair sheen and get the same results.