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Easier skinning????????

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by jonyboy, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. jonyboy

    jonyboy Thats where the neighbors dog went.

    Has anyone heard of that new skinning process where you take an air compressor and fill up the carcass with air until it pops. I've heard mixed reviews about it and was wondering if anyone has tried it ye and how good it actually works. ???
  2. Matt

    Matt Active Member

    It is new, it's been around for awhile. I saw a demo on it and wasn't impressed.

  3. Aaron H

    Aaron H foxfiretaxidermy.com

    You don't fill the carcase with the air, you inflate under the skin only. This actually is an ancient practice. Sheep and goats have been skinned this way in middle eastern countries for probably thousands of years. No compressors but human lungs will inflate a sheep easier than you would believe. I sell sheep to Turkish Musslims who slaughter in traditional style. They inflate the animal by mouth and claim the skin comes of much cleaner and the membrane is easier to remove. For my part--it doesn't seem all that different. Aaron H.
  4. swampfox

    swampfox New Member

    I have never tried this, but I have a cousin that witnessed it first hand. Air is shot under the hide, blows the hide away from the meat, when you skin it will just fall away. I personally don't have any problems using a sharp shinning knife since I have more experience with it.
  5. michael p.

    michael p. Getting better with age :)

    Slaughter houses use the same method to quickly remove cow hides.
  6. woodduck

    woodduck New Member

    Sorry michael p all the slaughter houses I worked in used a rolling drum and an electric charge.
  7. my grandfather has been doing that for years...YES it works. he uses a hyperdermic needle that he has coupled down to fit a air nozzle. he just puts the needle under the skin and shoots the air. when he starts cutting...the skin basically falls off. It does work.
  8. michael p.

    michael p. Getting better with age :)

    Well excuse me woodduck, but the one in Dime Box, Texas used air. Maybe they're a litte behind in the times.
  9. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    The ones in Dover Delaware use a hoist and a floor hook. Guess you use what you got.
  10. i have also seen it done with a golf ball and a truck winch. personally i just use the ole skinning knife...and some budlight of course.
  11. jonyboy

    jonyboy Thats where the neighbors dog went.

    Does any ordinary air compressor work?
  12. Dime Box,

    Michael P. where you from brotha....i used to live in smithville....
  13. yes any compressor will do with 70 lbs or better air psi. I made my grandfathers needle. I tool the biggest needle i could find, And brazed the back of the needle to the air coupling. Works like a charm.
  14. michael p.

    michael p. Getting better with age :)

    La Grange, did/do you know Loren Bertsch or Jason Watson??