tumbling option?

Submitted by Wava Jacobchick on 11/16/00. ( Wavabob@juno.com )

I'll be tanning a squirrel and a raccoon soon and I don't have a tumbler. I was wondering if anyone had a suggestion about what I could use to achieve the same effect by hand. What material to use and how to do? Thanks

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Wava, try this

This response submitted by Kristoph on 11/16/00. ( skinme2@aol.com )

Pull each individual specimen over a dull blade after tanning to break the membrane up, or a piece of flat stock,In lieu of a tumbler again take your specimens one at a time, put some sawdust or corn cob grit in a bag with some borax, tune your radio to your favorite music station and shake, rattle and roll. Turn them and shake them good for a while to further soften and shine the fur. I'm sure you'll get some other advise, and it'll all be good! This is how I managed before I got my tumblers built, best of luck to you......


This response submitted by Wava Jacobchick on 11/16/00. ( Wavabob@juno.com )

...sounds like I'll have to switch the station from classical to Jazz. Thanks a lot, Kristoff, I'll give it a try.

don't get caught. . .

This response submitted by CHUCK on 11/17/00. ( Chuckcnctaxi@aol.com )

Get a zippered pillowcase and add your tumbling medium and skins.When your wife goes out shopping ,toss the pillowcase of skins into your dryer on "no heat-fluff"setting and tumble for about 10 - 15 minutes.maybe toss one of those bounce sheets in incase of a slight odor. %)

Sounds like..............

This response submitted by Kent P on 11/17/00. ( racksnfinstax@hotmail.com )

............you've tried this a time or two. Chuck, did you get caught? Lol Kent

Actually, I'm the wife...

This response submitted by Wava Jacobchick on 11/18/00. ( Wavabob@juno.com )

and it couldn't be any worse than when my husband left a box of mealworms for fishing in his pocket! I've fished everything imaginable out of both the washer and dryer....tobacco, screwdrivers,crayons, stickers...a few clumps of sawdust don't sound like too much of a problem. Thanks everyone!

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