What cut do most of you guys use when skinng a otter. dorsal, case, etc.
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Though I'm sure some on here will claim to love the dorsal under any conditions of a furbearer, MY OPINION is that a dorsal cut on an otter will leave you playing with your ass. I can't imagine trying to hide that stitch when you sew well. When you sew badly as I do, I don't want to even think about it.
I will use a ventral if the pose is standing and case for any other pose. George is correct on the sewing part. Even on prime winter skin it's still hard to hide stiches.
are you refering to me as the other person with a dorsal cut? I usually cut dorsal, but in the case of the otter I agree that the case cut, or the ventral cut, would be a better incision then the dorsal. Feeling better now Geo? LOL
Just wanted to make sure the record was kept straight. LOL Merry Christmas, Darlin.
To case skin it cut from the anus down to the ankle on the hide legs and the get it tanned....when you go to insert the form you have to cut the front legs off of the body. I usually saw into the form behind the front legs and cut toward the top of the should blade (only 1/2 way though). The I cut in from the front to meet my end cut from the first. This leaves you with a nice triangular notch in your form. Mount the front legs (use clay to fill the toes; add good hide paste and insert your front leg cut-out into the hide. Now, cover the cut out in the body peice of the form with epoxy or bondo and then slide this into the skin...the notch allows you to easily re-insert back into the form in the proper placement and once the bondo or epoxy sets, you have a solid form again. Hope this helps.