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Relaxing African Capes/hides

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by falco, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. falco

    falco Trapping is fun

    I will be getting some african capes in near future,,, they will be salted and I will send them to the commercial tannery,.
    When they are back,,, although with a good tan job,, but still they will feel different than NA capes as you know,, kind of like card board,,, I was wondering how can we relax them after they are tanned..,, any recommended product?
    . I have mounted some african capes,, but had the struggle with them too.
    Any input is appreciated.
  2. Jerry Huffaker

    Jerry Huffaker Well-Known Member

    My african capes come back from South Texas fur dressing exactly like north American skins. Sounds to me like you need to change tanneries.

  3. taxyman

    taxyman Member

    Right on Jerry! When I get my capes back from the tannery, I don’t have to struggle with them.
  4. Museum Man

    Museum Man Well-Known Member

    i also have used tom at south texas for years for my african capes and have no problems at all with any of them
  5. snowhare

    snowhare New Member


    Where did they came from RSA ORE Zimbabwe, that ll make a differnts like hell

  6. rigbobby

    rigbobby Active Member

    Yes, I have used South Texas Fur Dressers since before Tom went public, I can tell you, I have kept African capes that he tanned in the freezer for over 6 years and pulled them, soaked them up, and mounted them just like a fresh skin (well, maybe a little of usual fantastic stretch is gone, but they mount up great) NO PROBLEMS. Use South Texas Fur Dressers.
  7. LordRusty

    LordRusty If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

    The right tanning makes all the difference in the world! The best Tannery for African game is Wilderness East End Tannery, Inc., in Manorville, New York ... that's out on Long Island to the uninitiated! ;) ;D

    Contact them by phone at (631) 467-1458. Bobby Peragine has been tanning for 38 years, and really has this tanning thing down! ;) He too was trained by the Master Tanner of all time ... Mr. Sinclair Clark, and uses Sinclair's recipes and formulas for proper tanning. He is one of the best.

  8. falco

    falco Trapping is fun

    guys,, appreciate your input,, but I should have mentioned that Im in Canada :-\
    There are not too many Tanneries here,.

    and Snowhare,,, the ones I have done before they came from south Africa,,, and the new ones are coming from Zimbabwe.
    whats the difference?
  9. Martin

    Martin roes, my obsession, my fate

    There are many differences! Zimbabwe skins mostly get soaked in formalin - it makes the skin hard and less strechable. South african? It depends on the guy who prepares your skins, got very good ones and bad ones! My best skins come from Namibia, Tanzania and Sambia!
    But: if you use a real good tannery they should be able to fix the problems with hard skins (like my tannery here in germany :) )
  10. falco

    falco Trapping is fun

    I see what you mean by that,,,,
    so the differences are in the people who prep them,, first I thought there is a difference in the Animal itself..
  11. RDA

    RDA Well-Known Member

    sometimes, a little soda mized with water till its a paste then applied to the skin will relax them further. You MUST expiremnt with this though as the levels of saoda and how long its on the skin makes the difference. They can start to slip if on isnt carefull..