Soft tanned capes vs. unbroken tanned capes

Submitted by Steve on 02/24/2004 at 12:20. ( )

I was just wondering if there is any advantage to using a soft broken cape, like you get from a tannery, in mounting heads vs. using a cape that is tanned, but relatively hard. In other words, skipping the breaking phase in tanning. It seems like they would lose their softness anyhow once they were rehydrated so I can't see any difference. I was wondering if there would be less shrinkage or any other affect. So anyhow I thought I'd ask the pros...

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Steve...YOU CAN NOT MOUNT a hide that is broking

This response submitted by . on 02/24/2004 at 21:40. ( . )

It would remand soft.

Tanneries send them back in a soft broken state.

This response submitted by Steve A. on 02/25/2004 at 11:47. ( )

I imagine tanneries do it this way because they have really nice large tumblers to clean, soften, and dry their capes. Most of my capes I do myself. They dry out really hard after tanning because I skip the breaking phase, but they rehydrate and mount up fine. I've mounted a few from tanneries and they seem to mount up exactly the same. Just wondering if there could be any differences over the long haul. Just curious.

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