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low tech shaving

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by philintheblank, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. are there any other methods for shaving pelts and hides other than a commercial flesher/fur dressing machine or the skife knife?

    i dont mind the skife knife but it seems to be more suited to the face area rather than an entire hide.

    i am looking to tan a couple pelts, maybe even a deer hide... i have got the fleshing part down pat (taught myself on a couple coyote pelts this winter) and now am just looking toward the next step.

    any help would be great
  2. duxdown

    duxdown New Member

    Assumeing your talking about a pickled hide. I have saw on here more than once folk's useing a belt sander and there fleshing beam. I have used either a drum sander and or a dremel with a sanding drum on several pelts or at least spot areas with frequency.

  3. Pinebear

    Pinebear New Member

    4" Grinder and a cut off disk for metal cutting using edge of disk and working top to bottom while skin is over a fleshing beam works pretty good. Or a round end beaver skinning knife if you have lots of time.
  4. RTF

    RTF Active Member

    A few years ago I seen a guy do a beaver hide with a grinder using a Flap wheel (disc).
  5. DRW

    DRW New Member

  6. livbucks

    livbucks Well-Known Member

    It is all in the practice and technique. I can shave a skin with a skife and get 12 inch strips on every stroke and shave it nearly see through. Keep trying and it will come in time.