Hi I'm doing my first Canadian Lynx and wasn't sure how to skin it. It's gonna be a life size standing mount and would to know what inscision would be the best so that I would minimize sewing. Also how do you skin out the paws, do I leave the pads on or do I remove them? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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hidetanning.net and scroll down to the article by Lonny Travis. He has an article there covering mounting also.
The easy answer is the dorsal cut, but if you're a crappy seamstress as I am, you want to avoid the possibility of the stitches whorling the hair in such a visible spot.
The least stitch is, of course, the case cut, but with a big footed lynx, that's going to be trouble with a capital "T".
The ventral cut is what I'd choose. I'd cut off all 4 legs using a wedge cut in the foam so they'd lock back in when I glued them back. I'd open the back sides of the lower legs just so I could get the paws out and back in, but I'd leave the sleeves of the legs intact.
This is going to be one of those calls only you can answer.