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No tumbler, need to dry hide??

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by BR, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. BR

    BR New Member

    I don't have a tumbler and need to dry several small furbearer hides. Any alternative solutions besides a hair dryer??
  2. Towel dry as much as you can and then you can use a fan or shop vac on reverse to dry the fur.

  3. joeym

    joeym Jeannette & Joey @ Dunn's Falls

  4. towel dry, then blow out real good with compressed air. Then bag it in a large garbage bag about 1/4 full of hardwood saw dust or corn cob grindings or tumbling medium of your liking. Double bag this and put in clothes drier with heat OFF. Tumble for 20 minutes if not dry enough go another 20 minutes. You will probably have to blow out some of the sawdust with compressed air, then comb. Should then be nice and dry, clean with shiney hair.
  5. little elk

    little elk Member

    In addition to TMALONE'S reply I would add, if you don't have an air compressor or access to one, a leaf blower works great for drying or getting out the sawdust etc...
  6. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Clothes fryer with about 10 towels in it (old that is). Tumble for about 15-20 minutes and your ready to mount. It very simple, been doing this for a decade. PS NO SAWDUST EITHER!