I am getting back into taxidermy after 20 years. I always used DP, but as you would figure, there were some problems with drumming. After reading many of the post, I know that my old method of fleshing on a beam with an Old Hickory slicing knife was not getting my hide thin enough. I was simply removing all fat and flesh from the hide. I talked to a local taxidermist who uses a wet tan system of his own making, and he said that with either, you must thin the hide. How can I do this without a fleshing machine. Right now a new fleshing machine is way out of my budget. I would also like to find out what is the best commercial wet tan out there.