Fleshing or thinning machine?

Submitted by Ramo on 12/12/00. ( )

Is a fleshing machine realy a machine that thins a hide? Or are they used to remove fat and flesh from hides?

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Fleshing Machines

This response submitted by Dave at VanDykes Taxidermy Supply Co. on 12/12/00. ( dave.belanger@cabelas.com )

Hello there Ramo,

Fleshing machines can do both jobs for the taxidermist,but without a doubt, the most important job that it does would be to thin out the hide.
The thinner the hide, the quicker the skin will dry,so the less chance for bacteria to set in,which could cause hair slippage.
The thinner the hide, the more the detail from the mannikin will show up on your mount.
A thin skin will accept a tannin quicker.....and I can go on and on

If you're thinking about doing taxidermy work for a hobby or for customers,A fleshing machine will quickly become your best buddy.

If you need further help with this matter, feel free to call me at (1-800)843-3320 ext.105 or e-mail me at this address

Have a great day.............Dave

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