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First Time Red Fox

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Amanda Huntress, Jan 18, 2020.

  1. Amanda Huntress

    Amanda Huntress New Member

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    Hello I'm new to tanning and furs I have done a few euro mounts by myself I just recently tried my hand at a red fox I'm not pleased with it when I was fleshing it I ended up scraping to thin and started getting guard hairs and when I was stretching the hide it ripped but when I first started it I wanted it so it could hang on the wall but not as a carpet so I left the head nd feet on but when it dried it got really stiff nd I couldn't flip it back to fur side out I used the brains to do the tanning . So basically I guess I just want to know where I can start that's a lil easier till I can figure it out . Now I'm in Alberta Canada and the taxidermist business is very tight lipped up here so I'm having a hard time finding info and being able to understand what I'm watching cuz right now all I have is you tube nd it's great but I learn better hands on . I'm trying to understand this site but I dont know where to start . Any info would be greatly appreciated
     

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  2. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    To get it soft you need to break the damp hide until it is dry. This is how it can be done. Dampen the skin side with a damp sponge. Next start pulling and kneading it in all directions with your hands alternating with running the skin side over an axe head, 2X4 or shovel head in a vice until it is dry.
     
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  3. Amanda Huntress

    Amanda Huntress New Member

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    Oh ok thank you
     
  4. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    You might want to think about getting Jean Roll's video (available at many taxidermy supply companies). She shows everything while mounting a red fox. There are four DVD's in the series that goes from the skinning all the way through mounting.
     
  5. Amanda Huntress

    Amanda Huntress New Member

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    I wonder if I'd be able to find them in a library cuz like I posted earlier this business is VERY tight lipped in Alberta Canada
     
  6. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    Very doubtful any library would have videos on taxidermy. If you belong to an association they may have a library where they loan out videos. You are probably going to have to buy it if you want it. Call it a cost of education!

    Sidenote: The video does NOT show any tanning.
     
  7. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member