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tail splitting/skinning

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by E-Renny, Apr 9, 2018.

  1. E-Renny

    E-Renny New Member

    Never done a lifesize before. When skinning a fox for the fur market I do not have to split the tail, but how do I preserves the tail for mounting. Do i have to split it so the pickle and tanning solution will get all the way to the tip or just leave in unsplit and tubed? If i have to split it how to I go about sewing it up since it is so small and fine with so much thick hair?
    thank you
  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    I have done both. I prefer to split it out. When sewing, lay the tail out with split up. Comb hair out to the side so the split skin is visible. put 2" tape on the the hair and that will keep the hair out of your stitches. I believe that I saw this on a video by Brian Hendricks.
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  3. BrookeSFD16

    BrookeSFD16 Well-Known Member

    You can also leave it tubed then take a piece of wire and run it down the tail all the way to the tip. Use the wire to hold pressure at the tip and make a small slit. Then run a piece of cotton string through (I use a long crochet loop and go in through the end of the tail and pull the string through. Tie the string back to itself so it makes a loop. Make sure you have plenty. Then you can salt, pickle and tan. Use the string to work the product down into the tail. Slide it one way to your knot, then reverse.
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  4. lacy j

    lacy j New Member

    Look up Brian Hendricks red fox videos on YouTube.
  5. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Brooke, the way you discribed is how I did it when I was home tanning, however, the majority of the tanneries that I used wouldn't take tubed legs or tails and if they did, they would split them and they were not careful in doing so. So, I had to split the tail. I just got used to splitting the tail regardless of who tanned it.
  6. Best to split them, there is a good amount of fat in the tails