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I would just brush on some stop rot and let it dry.
looks like you have a fighter on your hands.
I use wet tan for all my shoulder mounts. I've noticed on dry tan that holes and cuts tend to get much larger and harder to repair verses the wet tan.
A lot of times when I call customers that there animal is ready they ask for me to send them a picture, then they take forever to pick it up....
Beautiful Mule deer cape. Thank you for the great service and great cape.
I used Krowtann for years till i got busy and started sending capes out to a tannery.
lightly mist the neck with your air brush using black paint to cover those areas.
I did a Great Horned for the county awhile back and I don't think I had to make any relief cuts for the head. Amazing animals, the eye balls set...
there's a place in Watsonville that freeze dries but I always do my own. Denatures alcohol injection and brush on for three days and then I do a...
I've always used a antibacterial dish soap with a hand full of salt to wash my hides. Not sure about the dawn for hides.
Used it for years and never had a problem.
Rasp it down then hit it with some 80 grit sand paper. Make sure you stretch your hide before you test fit, you may not have to alter at all.
Are you sure its the tannery? The one I use stays away from those areas. Like mentioned on the lips hair to hair works and use a two part epoxy...
I mix vermiculite and drywall plaster. Use it from making rocks to skull capes. You can get it at Home Depot
Are you making sure the bird is facing in the right direction as your fleshing? If not that wheel can grab the quills and tear holes in the bird.
I did a Merino that had wool 12" thick. Had it dry tanned and came back nice, had a lot of brushing to do and the smell from what I can remember...
offset right turn and no sewing.
I always do my eye to nose measurement before skinning.