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Storage Of Dry Tanned Skins

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by aussiesam, Mar 18, 2019.

  1. aussiesam

    aussiesam I'm an Australian.

    From what I've learnt over the years on Taxinet is that for hides/capes to be mounted at a later date, the short term storage, like up to 1 year, in the cupboard 'may' be ok but for long term storage, (5ys +), the freezer is the best & safest option to stop oxidization and deterioration of the capes/hides.

    What advice would you give clients?

    I prefer to re hydrate and freeze as soon as possible.
    Tanglewood Taxidermy likes this.
  2. Fallenscale

    Fallenscale Well-Known Member

    I have tanned hides of fox coon otter bobcat that are dryer tanned bug proofed that are 30 plus years old. Still in fine condition only thing I have done is keep them out of direct sun light the best I can. In fact I'm thinking of making a hat out of one the reason it was tanned in the first place.

  3. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    The advice I would give my clients, ausiesam, is the same as yours. Rehydrate and freeze.
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  4. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Indeed agreed with Tanglewood hydrate and freeze if you don’t want to hydrate then just freeze them. They’ll last forever that way.
    As you probably know leaving any tanned cape out over a year or more may and will loose elasticity and essential oils. Certain tans may even fall apart.
  5. aussiesam

    aussiesam I'm an Australian.

    Yes, but fallen, your not going to mount them.

    Thanks for the input Frank & Tangle.
    I'd really like to know how to get a current client to take my advice, over his previous taxidermist and hoping its not too late to salvage some of the animals, some of which we cant import anymore :/
    Fallenscale likes this.
  6. Fallenscale

    Fallenscale Well-Known Member


    Yes I misunderstood question the use of clients is what did it. Sorry forgive my ignorance
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  7. aussiesam

    aussiesam I'm an Australian.

    All good mate, no biggie
  8. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    If possible freeze them. I have a friend who lost an entire pallet of tanned African skins due to bug damage. Skins absorb humidity, and a little dampness is all it took for the moths to go into hyper mode. It was a very costly problem for him.