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Shaving Tanned Hides

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by deerhunter1964, Dec 18, 2018.

  1. deerhunter1964

    deerhunter1964 Member

    I have a few hides tanned already and in the freezer, but I just ordered a fleshing machine. My question is can the hides be shaved after being tanned? I currently have a mini flesher, but decided to upgrade. Thank you for your help!!
  2. dale65

    dale65 Active Member

    Depends on how they was tanned I would think should have been shaved when they was pickled that's what it's for to plump the skin to make it easier to shave befor it's tanned but it depends on the tan too

  3. nemo

    nemo Active Member

    I use a McKenzie tan and do all my shaving on a Dakota 5 after tanning. I tan, wash, towel dry, tumble, and shave. No problems all. Shaving after pickling causes more rust issues with my fleshing machine
  4. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    If they were commercially tanned, they may be shaved as thin as possible just short of cutting hair roots. Then shaving could cause a problem.
  5. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Yes plain and simple
    You’ll find it much better now with your machine and pickled hides than the tanned ones.
    Being new to this use back hides and learn from them on shaving thin capes.
  6. deerhunter1964

    deerhunter1964 Member

  7. deerhunter1964

    deerhunter1964 Member

    Thanks everyone. I also use the McKenzie tan, so I just wanted to make sure. I've watched a ton of videos and most are shaving after the pickle, since the skin is swelled up.
  8. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    If you like rub on tans look into more stable ones like
    Their rub on tans are a better quality with a lot less issues in the end.