Hammer, I can't believe you said that. I've had my Rawhide machine for about 20 years now and I had an original Dakota for about 20 before that. In all that time, I've not only shaved hides with them, but I've actually fleshed with them. They are called "fleshing machines", aren't they. when I'm fleshing green hides, I cover them with corncob grit and I can shave them easily do to "the blue". And remember, that's a GREEN hide, not a pickled one or a salted one. The Whizard was designed to assist butchers in mass production/production work and I'm sure it does a fantastic job. HOWEVER, designing it as an application for taxidermy work is exactly the same mindset that brought us the "miniflesher". I've done boars and beavers along with foxes and buffalo on my Rawhide and have yet to see a reason to spend that kind of money on something like that. But that's a personal choice of mine as I'd sooner spend money on guns myself. BUT FOR A BEGINNER, this tool is simply a waste of time and money.