Whats the best way to break a WT hide?

Submitted by Mike on 01/08/2004. ( )

Hello, Just wanted some opinions on hide breaking. I have tried the pulling across a 2x4 and sawhorse. Seems there would be an easier way. I read somewhere in this web site to use a dull axe head held in a vise. Maybe yall can give me some advise. Thanks, Mike

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This response submitted by j on 01/08/2004. ( )

check the orange button to your left I know that it is in there. Just got done looking in there myself and fund lots of good stuff. Just type in breaking hides

Aside from the archives the best way I know is...

This response submitted by PA on 01/08/2004. ( )

Place the hide in liquid nitrogen. A minute later, withdraw it and slam it on the floor. It will break in dozens of pieces. Even works with bananas - and in amazing to see.


This response submitted by mike on 01/08/2004. ( )

I did look in the archives already, just wanted to know what kind of ways are the most used and which turn out the best results. Sorry I asked!

Phrase the question different then

This response submitted by PA on 01/08/2004. ( )

I typed in "breaking hide" and there was 157 different postings with discussion on them. If you read them all and found 5 different ways to do the breaking, then ask which of the techniques (and list the best ones) work best in regards to the current expertice reading the forum today.

The questions that are basic are often ignored because the general audience understand that the basics are already in the archives. If you post a well researched question, the likelihood to getting multiple answers is increased. Just my opinion though.

I don't think there is an 'easy' way!

This response submitted by Vicki Chritton-Myers on 01/08/2004. ( myers.ark@direcway.com )

That's why I send all mine out to a tannery. For what they charge, it's well worth it.


This response submitted by Wildwood on 01/08/2004. ( )

What I have used is a garden spade. Wire wheel it to remove the rust and dirt put in a vise and break the hide as it dries. Plus what a work out! good luck

Hire an illegal alien

This response submitted by joe on 01/08/2004. ( )

They work cheap and let them break the hide.


This response submitted by Bruce Anderson on 01/08/2004. ( bruce@adventuretaxidermy.com )

Check out Breakthrough Issue 54......article by Bruce Rittel..page 114.

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