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Shaving without a machine

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by BRTX, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. BRTX

    BRTX New Member

    I was talking with a local taxidermist, who said when first started, he used to shave his hides with a skife until he got enough money for a fleshing machine. I had a hide in the freezer, so I thought I would try it last weekend. My hand and fore arm were cramped up for two days. Anyone else every try this? Is there a good way to shave a whitetail hide without a fleshing machine? I have heard of the grinder, but I am worried about the heat causing slippage.
  2. Well dunno if ya consider a dremel or drill a "machine" but you can buy a wire brush or a sander type blade that will fit a drill and use that...The trick to this is to "clamp" the hide to a board at an angle and use smooth light strokes... I have in the past done well with full sized deer rug hides in fleshing them like this and it only cost about 25 bucks (board, big plastic clamps, and drillbit all bought at Harbor Freight Tools)

    Sometimes when I have a large hide to do say an full elk rug-piece, I will use this as a basic de-flesher before sending it to a tanner

  3. BRTX

    BRTX New Member

    I should clarify that I was shaving, not fleshing. The hide was fleshed and tanned. Then I spent several hours shaving the entire hide thinner with the skife.
  4. Well you could use that technique as a shaver as well...although i'd probably use a sander of some sort on a semi dry hide
  5. Joey Arender

    Joey Arender big mouth alert

    you shaved an entire cape down with a skife... I feel for ya. no way I would ever do it.
  6. Hell get a old hickory butcher knife and learn to use it. did 65 deerheads one year with one.
  7. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    You're supposed to learn from stupid mistakes. Send your hides out it you want them shaved. Elkie, stick to Krowtanning.
  8. I use a grinder with a rough grit sander. I haven't had any problems with slippage yet. I only use the grinder on the neck area though then a skife for the head area. Hopefully I'll get a fleshing machine soon!!!
  9. shop around here and find a good used mini flesher to start with.i feel your pain been there
  10. deerhunt1985

    deerhunt1985 Only dead fish go with the flow

    shop around for sure, got my mini flesher at a flea market type store for 10.00 yep, ten
  11. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    You paid $9.50 too much for it.
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  12. deerhunt1985

    deerhunt1985 Only dead fish go with the flow

    LOL you got that right
  13. shockme2

    shockme2 New Member

    Hey Muddobber,

    Are ya ready for the Vikes coming to town and whoopin' the Saints A**? ;D ;D
  14. Annib

    Annib New Member

    If you're tanning with Krowtan, the hide doesn't need to be shaved?
  15. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    The skin will need shaving if you use Krowtann, or any other tan out there.
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  16. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I started out thinning with single edge razor blades. Then skife knife. Then razor sharp fleshing knife and beam, then fleshing machine. I fleshed with those and then thinned the tanned hide with those. Now, I flesh and thin the raw cape with the fleshing machine and I'm done.
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  17. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    If you believe that I have some ocean front property in Arizona I’ll sell ya .
    Thinning has a lot more reasons then just excepting the tan .
    George likes this.
  18. Bruledrift

    Bruledrift Active Member

    Yes, I have done it with a skife knife after pickling. No, it is not fun. I broke down and bought a fleshing wheel.
  19. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Can you explain why that is?
  20. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

    keep your knife sharp and hand shaving is not that hard
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