greenhorne wants to know what term "relax" the hide means.
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Give the hide a massage and a margarita. I gets them real realxed. (jk)
Check the archives under the "search" button and you'll find tons of information, and several techniques.
Oh, man I was gonna sat that
makes the hide/skin more mallable and easier to work with, depending on what you're trying to achieve, also "opens" it up to be more receptive to tanning agents and oils. Or in the case of an air dried specimen it must be relaxed to go into an auto tanner or be receptive to salting prior to being shipped to a tannery, some tanneries don't like "rock hard" air dried skins and prefer you relax it and salt it back dry, but in a nutshell: relaxing means exactly what the word implies
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