I've been doing taxidermy for about a year and I'm tanning all of my hides. i just do mounts for myself but I'm hoping to start doing them for customers soon. I'm not doing that many hides a year but still I'm doing enough to keep me busy (about 6 or 7 different mounts last year) so far this year i have done (and am doing) 10 hides so far. 4 deer in the last few months. I've already done two of the deer and a black bear. the others are still in the freezer. I've been using bench grinders as shavers but they don't really work that well. I keep hearing that nothing can beat the commercial tanneries. is that true? also about how many hides do you have to be doing a year to make it a good investment? and do you use it for fleshing and shaving or just shaving? if you're gonna do mounts for customers should you just send them to a tannery instead of doing them yourself? Any info would be appreciated.