Fleshing beaver problems

Submitted by L.C. on 01/02/2003. ( Landon_90@hotmail.com ) 65.118.62.133

Hi,
I got a draw knife and fleshed as much as the beaver as i could.then i let it set with some salt on it overnight.and then next morning i got up and washed the old salt off and looked good at the hide, and i still saw a layer of fat(about as thick as a CD)and i wondered if i could get some more of of it. well i put it on a barrel and started to flesh again, but i couldn't get any fat off of that layer.My uncle told me you'll know when ur done when u can see through the hide, and i couldn't see through it.how do i get that layer of fat off?let the salt dry it up?And a guy told me to use a pressure washer.does that work?thanks alot.
L.C.

Return to Tanning Category Menu


L.C.

This response submitted by b. bishop on 01/02/2003. ( bishops@newnorthdotnet ) 209.83.43.131

Being a trapper and a taxidermist, I know what your up against. Large and xtralarge beaver have thick leather from between the ears to the tail, and this gets thicker yet when salted. The belly is generally thin enough and does'nt need thinning. I have thinned this leather down many different ways and can tell you, the only good way is with a shaving machine ( rotory knife) If you dont know what they look like, you can go to an article of mine on the site www.TaxidermyReference.com and find the HOW TO articles page 2 and then go to THE BASICS OF TANNING and you will find a pic. of one. ( while your there, tour the site , you will like it)
A pressure washer is really a joke as far as I am concerned. I have used one on a cape and a snapping turtle and I don't think I ever dried out from it ! You will end up very wet. WHat are your plans with the beaver hide ? Brad


Brad

This response submitted by L.C. on 01/03/2003. ( Landon_90@hotmail.com ) 65.118.62.138

hey, so i should use a rotary knife.well can i get one a a hardware store or somewhere else?well i would like to get these beaver hides and make a nice thick blanket.I think that would be kinda neat.I want the hair still on the hide, u talked about making leather, is that with the hair still on it?OO and Brad what other kinds of tools can i use that are really good on fleshing beaver hides?A electric Knife?Thanks alot,
L.C.


Return to Tanning Category Menu