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Fleshing A Hedgehog(pygmy)

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by thatonewhitetail, Feb 24, 2020.

  1. thatonewhitetail

    thatonewhitetail New Member

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    To curl up, hedgehogs have a ton of muscle stuck tight to their skin in a big "ring" along where the quills meet the soft hair. I'm in no way a professional taxidermist, but I pelted the hedgehog easily and tried to get to work removing that muscle. Keyword being tried.

    I couldn't tack the pelt to a board since the hedgehog's rounded skin won't stay perfectly flat. There was also an added worry of a hard board and harsh scraping snapping the rigid quills.

    A dull knife couldn't get under the muscle to force it off the skin, but a sharp knife just cut the muscle into strings.

    I currently have the pelt under a lot of salt to dry it out a bit and see if that helps, but otherwise, I'm at a loss. Any ideas?
     
  2. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    Try a dremal tool with a round sander on it. I’ll bet this will aid but like anything to much and you’ll go right through it.