All the most successful tannerys in the US, were started by a Taxidermist, that got tired on waiting on his or her skins to come back from the tannery. That is a known fact, that you will often find in print. MOST tannerys buy their tanning supplies at a wholesale rate(volume), from the EXACT same suppliers that supply all the Taxidermy Suppliers. THE EXACT SAME products are just sold to Taxidermists in smaller quanitys, by Taxidermy suppliers. The average Taxidermist today, knows ten times more about tanning, than ANY tannery OWNER knew 10 years ago. Especially when it comes to WET-TANNING. I think that there is absolutly ZERO difference in wet tan procedures, and the products used to tan them, when it comes to tanning in house, or sending them out. Most tannerys can produce a better dry tan skin, because of the equiptment advantage they have. Drums, stakers, etc. To say that a "home" tanner cant tan African or bears in house(wet tan) is simply redicilous! To say a home tanner cant SHAVE african, is even a further stretch! So what you are saying here, is that a Taxidermist that started tanning for other Taxidermists, suddenly developed a superior shaving abillity, just because they tan skins for someone besides themselves? THEY JUST LEARNED HOW to shave different skins! Just like any Taxidermist learns how to shave skins other than whitetail deer! ??? Shaving African is no more difficult than shaving anything else. The key to preparing a African skin for shaving is mostly in the rehydration. I have worked for tannerys that can have ANY African skin ready to shave in 72 hrs, and be able to shave it ALL THE WAY. I have worked at other tannerys, that made shaving African a nightmare, because of poor rehydration techniques. One place, you could shave an eland or blue wildebeeste ALL IN ONE SHAVING. Others made the whole process a cluster F--K, and had to shave skins multiple times, just because of BAD FORMULAS, at some given step of the process. Mostly the rehydration bath. The days of Tannerys having these secret formulas, with some type of superior techniques, are over. I used to be guilty of trying to blow this stale smoke up the Taxidermist a55e5 on here, for many years. I have seen quite a few shavers start their own tanning business, with great success, that knew very little about tanning. So to think a Tannery is any more professional than a Taxidermist, that can shave well, is a slight stretch of the truth. Plain english: 1. same shaving blades are used 2. same chemicals are used 3. Used to be a Taxidermist, or still are(but for some reason, you are not as good) When it comes to wet-tanning, nobody can possibablly believe that flatulence! Keep a few spare spare blades when fleshing African. The skins dull a blade faster.