Is this a good pratice for long lasting mounts? One of my competors swears buy this method. Could anyone please tell me the pro's and con's of just skipping the tanning of the hides?
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I skip all these steps and just mount the skinned animal. The secret is to keep it as cold as possible, do not turn the heat on in the house because the odors will start and that is when you get the hair slippage.
Please Mr.Skinner, don't waste our time with your smart, wonderful answers. On the other hand, maybe tim needs a new pastime/occupation if there is really need for an answer to that question.
Sorry Tim, I'll try to actually answer your question.
I have heard of taxidermists pickling fish for mounting, but not skins.
I am no tanning expert, and hopefully Knob or Rittel will give you
a good, scientific reason, but salt pickle and mount is not adequate
the pickle isn't a permanently stable environment. the tanning process chemically changes the skin, and provides protection from decay. Same with DP, it protects from decay and bugs.
by the time the pickle process is complete, you've done most of the work. it would be relatively simple and quick tocomplete the process with a cream tan, or tanning oil before mounting.
i recommend that you do it.
(and no need to fight with your competitor about it, just be glad that you are better informed than him. use this as a selling point with your customers.)