i see a couple differen't post here on tannerys, that some people like, some don't. i too sent a couple deer capes to a differen't tannery to try wet tan. i havn't mounted them yet but i think i will stick w/dry tan & rehydrate myself. i'm used to doing my own preping & salt drying then send out. these 2 i wanted to try sending frozen & have the work done just to compare. well, i have ear work to do (holes). also other holes to stitch. also i see quite a bit of hair coming out. not handfulls but enough to get your attention. does wet tan capes usually do this. i'm not knocking the tannery, but i didn't see this in my dry tan capes.i also see a better tan coverage in the ears with dry tan verses wet tan. i guess when you find a good tannery you should stick with it but i too don't want all my eggs in one basket. what do you guys & gals think about wet tan versus dry tan.
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I never got the stretch out of dry tans that I do with the wet. There's no danger of acid swell, no bother with refrigeration, no sawdust stuffed ears bursting out, and best of all, I can just store it in the freezer till I'm ready for it and it comes out ready to use.
if you can do your owne;you will have complete controll,on split ears, on slits at lip line,pluse you learn something;i think its part of taxidermy,just my 2#.
RJ- It isn't the wet tan that split your ears. It is the guy at the tannery who didn't turn the cape properly or with care. All my stuff tanned wet AFTER I have preped the cape. I don't mind having an extra freezer to hold my wet tanned capes, much better than taking the time to rehydrate and HOPE the cape has stretch when your done.
Why spend an hours tanning/shaving/etc a cape when you can have it done for $30? Only if you don't have a good tannery. I am lucky and have a great tanner who makes me money. Time is money and I can mount many heads and not even think about dealing with the tannning. (Yes, I used to tan my own, then I got smart.hahaha)
Try Golden State Tannery out of California or North Caralina Fur Dressers, they both have an ecellent wet-tan with quick turn around times, two to six weeks. I find the advantage of using a wet-tan is the ear cartlage seperates very easily and after washing the hide in a conditioning shampoo the strech is awsome and I never had to fight a hide to get it back to it's original size. Good Luck!
Hi rj, I prefer wet tans and also prefer tanning myself, as I have better control over the tanning process. But time and costs dictates many things and you can't beat a good tannery. I have tried many tanneries over the years and I have been pleasantly surprised with the stretch that I get from Trophy Game Tannery in Sheboygan Falls, WI.. with their dry tans.They are very easy to rehydrate and they do a good job of shaving down the cape. Hope this helps.