I'm referring to a deer cape in this post, but can only assume it's fairly similar for most mammals... I'm finding that when I'm shaving after the initial pickle, there's a average/normal thickness, its a dull white, there's flexibility and you can pinch the hide with ease but that 'loose' feeling when you rub your fingers together isn't there, if that makes sense... BUT, if I'm super careful, I can shave it down to an almost paper thin layer, mind you I'm not seeing any hair follicles, but it's definitely a lot thinner than the first shave.. My questions- first, is the first mentioned shave good enough to mount or is the ultra thin shave what it should be? Secondly, is the very thin shave more desirable for dry tans, I'm talking along the lines of fox, coyote, maybe deer hide, something I can obtain at home, even if it's not "broke" the proper way..nothing like bear, elk, moose, etc., that'll go off to a tannery. And finally, is that thin shave too thin? Will it cause hair slippage/more tears throughout the mounting or drying process? I apologise I have no pictures at the moment. Hopefully my description makes sense..