Thinning a deer cape on a machine what area do i start 1st

Submitted by mike on 08/27/2002. ( )

Just bought a used fleshing machine a ben mears,ive thinned 2 capes and have them in a saftee acid bath,my question is does it matter on the direction that i go like from the brisket area to the nose?do i running the length of the neck or do i go from shoulder to shoulder(left to right moving towards the nose.i want to get the most stretch as i can any help would be great .
thanks mike

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rump to nose

This response submitted by Frank E. Kotula on 08/28/2002. ( )

Doing it this way will prevent you from getting a lot of cuts in the hide. What it is that the hair folicules are going in that direction (rump to nose in most cases) and going this way the folicules don't get caught in the blade. If you go from the nose to rump the hair folicules have a good chance to get caught in the blade and then you get a nasty cut.
Once you get good at this you can go against the grain in almost any directions but hit the hair folicule and cuts will happen. It's always best to go with the grain.

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