Hudson, I don't want to gang up on you. George and I don't agree everytime, but he is speaking the truth, on this matter. I am confident of one thing. Weather I agree with him or not, I truly believe , he believes what he is typing, or he wouldn't type it. I have a accordion file folder beside machine , that I list hundreds of skins in, according to punch number, that Taxidermists have screwed up, with a fleshing machine. I have over 100 sheets, that hold 30 items each(skins), and guess which ones I list the most? Bears, that a Taxidermist has over fleshed, with a shaving machine, that has as much hair on the skin side, as the fur side. I go to the trouble of listing these skins, to cover my rear from the Boss, and to keep shavers from having to pay for replacements. As a Taxidermist, you'll never be as good with a round knife, as my least experienced shaver. You could do your own tanning for 30 years, and not do what these guys do in a year, and not even come close to learning the different shaving requirements of different animals. By the way, boars are probably #4. GEORGES ADVICE IS ABSOLUTLY SAFE, and should be adhered to. I'm not saying it cant be done, but how many skins and lost clients will it cost? One is too many, for a fledgling Taxidermist. How many of the new guys and gals can afford to replace a bear, if they screw the pooch? Not many.