Hi All, I have a wet tanned black bear hide I picked up from my Granny's freezer, she was holding it for a friend that decided to forgo a shoulder mount project. I want to make it into a rug. I'm looking for some guidance as this will be my first time. From what I understand a wet tan is the same as a dry tan except it hasn't dried yet. My issue now is that the hide was cut in half. So I'm wondering how I should go about stretching and drying the hide? Do I dry the two halves separately and sew them together afterwards OR sew them together wet and dry them? I also have a general question: once the hide is dried how should I treat the underside (leather side)? I don't want to put fabric underneath and I'll be laying the rug on the floor. Thanks in advance for your advice!