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Newbie With Some Questions

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Ryan Bailey, Dec 26, 2020.

  1. Ryan Bailey

    Ryan Bailey New Member

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    New to taxidermy.. got a good many questions. Gonna try to post em here all in one post. Hoping for some help. Will be doing whitetail shoulder mounts only for now.

    1. Gonna be using Krowtann as my tanning method. When neutralizing the hide if I'm using baking soda instead of straight sodium bicarbonate do I need to double the amount of baking soda?

    2. Again with a Krowtann question.. should I wash the hide before I place into the Krowtann? And if so, should I be washing with Dawn dish detergent?

    3. Ive heard of people washing their hides in lysol and dawn. Is any multi purpose cleaner okay to use? Fabulouso, pine sol, etc?

    4. I have a couple caped hides in my freezer to do. How do yall time the hides thawing out? I know I need to begin fleshing asap and i know its gonna take me awhile so id like them to be thawed when I'm ready.

    5. I have a flesh all mini flesher (air version) but a lot of people have recommended using a pressure washer. Opinions??

    6. Any other super important tips you would give a beginner?
     
  2. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    1. No. Baking soda = sodium bicarbonate; they are one and the same.
    2. Yes. It is a good idea to wash the hide and make sure you get as much blood and dirt out before putting into the tan. I use dawn or just straight water.
    3. Whatever you use, be sure and rinse it out real well so any soaps or chemicals you use don’t affect the tanning/pickle solution.
    4. I usually take it out of the freezer the night before I plan to work on it and let it thaw overnight.
    5. People have different preferences. I recommend you use what you have. As you progress try other methods. Power washers with enough pressure to be effective can be pricey. What one person likes and is effective with, another might struggle with. You need to experiment and learn what suits your skill level and your pocketbook.
    6. Read as much as you can in the tutorials on this site and get some dvds of different methods.
     

  3. I avree in all questions answered above with Mike. I use krotann
     
  4. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    It's 20 degrees outside. Do you want to suit up in water proof clothes, set up a pressure washer, get you hide out there and spew fleshings all over the yard or walk into a comfortably warm room, set your hide on a beam and push a knife around while dropping fleshings in a garbage bag lined can? Some like like a pressure washer and some don't. I don't think, for myself, all the fuss and mess is worth the outcome of pressure washer fleshing.
     
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  5. Westcoast

    Westcoast Well-Known Member

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    All good advice, my only suggestion would be to try ALL methods of fleshing and then cherry pick from there. I personally don’t use one specific method. I’m not a huge fan of the pressure washer, but for some instances it works well. I’ve used that mini flesher and it will do the job, but it flings tissue everywhere! Nowadays I use a beam, round knife and a dremel for thinning. Krowtann is simple to use, just follow the directions to a T. It is not a race, speed is not important. Take your time and really get the skin nice. In taxidermy the better job you do upfront, the less work you’ll have down the road. Good luck!!
     
  6. John_UpaTree

    John_UpaTree New Member

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    If you're using the flesher to thin hide, I'm not sure the pressure washer is the same tool as the flesher. The pressure washer is handy for initial fleshing fat & meat off, but it is not what you need to thin the hide after tanning.
     
  7. Whitelightnin

    Whitelightnin Well-Known Member

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    I have the mini flesher as well. It works pretty good once you get the hang of it. Beware however make sure you wear glasses/goggles and preferably an apron when using it. It slings fat, membrane and meat everywhere. Its no fun wiping membrane straight out of the pickle bath from your eye.