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Cleaning up the flesh off a tanned skin.

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by Immortal Mounts, Feb 11, 2017.

  1. Immortal Mounts

    Immortal Mounts New Member

    I'm an aspiring taxidermist. I had a coyote in a tan and I had seen that some taxidermist will clean up a hide afterward. I had probably left to much meat on it before soaking it, but I was wondering if there's a good quick way to remove the meat. It's fairly touch tough on there.
  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    If you are asking about just thinning out the eye lids, lip line, nose and "tear ducts" after tanning, you can just use a scalpel to remove it. They make a tool called a skife knife that a lot of taxidermists swear by. Some will use a Dremel tool with a round sanding insert attached and sand down those areas.
    I prefer a scalpel. The skife knife was hard for me to master and the Dremel made a mess and creates heat and could burn through.

  3. blklab

    blklab Member

    I think you would have a hard time using the Skife to thin it if the hide has dried up somewhat... I would go to the scalpel as well.