Tanning a Buffalo cape

Submitted by Jim on 11/7/05 at 10:26 PM. ( hot4harleys@onewest.net )

I am not new to taxidermy but am quite new to Buffalo hides. Has anyone used Lutan F on a Buffalo cape with good success? I also do not have a fleshing machine and am aware that the hides of Buffalo are quite thick. Any advice? Thanks

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This response submitted by Ron on 11/7/05 at 10:51 PM. ( )

Send it to a tannery, you are in for one of the toughest jobs you can tackle if you do it yourself even with a fleshing machine and it will probably still be as stiff as a board.

i tan my own....

This response submitted by terryr on 11/7/05 at 11:47 PM. ( )

with krowtann and have not had any trouble - i have fleshing machine and it is an ordeal to flesh them - but not impossible - by hand i dont think you can do it

send it out

This response submitted by Doug on 11/7/05 at 11:50 PM. ( alaskanash@yahoo.com )

I have tanned alot of buffalo hides and capes using lutan and never had a problem, less the sore arm..but if you don't have access to a fleashing machine it would be wise to send it out.
good luck

Take their advoce.........send it out!

This response submitted by Bruce Rittel on 11/8/05 at 1:56 AM. ( rittel @mindspring.com )

Without a shaving machine - don't do it! Send it out to a Tannery!


This response submitted by spiker ds on 11/9/05 at 8:30 PM. ( )

I did a buffalo cape,fleshed it by hand,it was too heavy too work over the machine.I used liqua tan and it turned out really nice.

thanks alot

This response submitted by Jim on 11/9/05 at 10:09 PM. ( )

Thanks everyone for the advice, I will check into tanneries to see how much it will cost me. This is a once in a lifetime hunt, it may never happen again. I would not want to mess it up.

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