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Carolina Fur Dressing Shutting Down

Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by Manny81, Nov 10, 2021.

  1. Manny81

    Manny81 Member

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    Yes, it’s happening. Go Brandon!
    Anyone can point me to a reputable tannery close to coastal NC? I’m in the Currituck county area. Thanks!
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  2. Glenn M

    Glenn M Well-Known Member

    Ive been sending hides there since 1985 never tried another tannery. In all those years I never had a problem with any hides. I got to the point the only worry I had about my hides was UPS getting them there and back. Rick and Marsha Morgan ran the business the right way!!
    Taxidermy is just a hobby to me now but sad to see them go!
     

  3. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Can't imagine the impact that's going to have on this industry.
     
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  4. Richard C

    Richard C Well-Known Member

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    Rick , I remember when you started. Good luck in your retirement and thank you for providing taxidermists with a great product all these years.
     
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  5. Manny81

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    George, It’s already impacting a lot of small shops around my area. I have two options: expand my shop and start tanning or shut down large game and focus on fish and ducks. Unfortunately being a disabled veteran, the tanning is something my back and shoulders can’t bare.
    Probably time to find a regular job.
     
  6. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Or, time to find another tannery?
     
  7. Manny81

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    I wish! Shipping has skyrocketed all around. I’d have to raise the prices even more than I already did. I live in a very rural area, not many shipping options other than UPS. Green skins can get pretty heavy. I think I’ll just stick with euros and smaller game. I’m sure the 300$ shoulder mount guy down the street will love the extra business.
     
  8. Richard C

    Richard C Well-Known Member

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    That’s called “tannery roulette “. It’s like playing the lottery, you almost never win.
     
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  9. Manny81

    Manny81 Member

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    Exactly! When CFD closed due to Covid a couple years ago, I took a gamble with some bear hides and sent them to a tannery in Alabama. Received one and the other is in the ”I’m getting to it tomorrow” status every month I contact the owner. I think I lost it and I’ll have to replace it.
     
  10. Richard C

    Richard C Well-Known Member

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    I forgot , there was a posting on here 3 or 4 months ago that “”New Method will close there doors at the end of the year”. Due to all the same issues. The only difference was they are surrounded by tent camps and it was getting dangerous to go to work there for all the employees.
    The key words in the Carolina letter were, “government over-site and regulations , that will only get worse “.
     
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  11. Glenn M

    Glenn M Well-Known Member

    In an e-mail I got sometime in June from Jennifer, there was mentioned of a new tan for home tanners going to be offered from CFD. Said something like it would be something different that anyone else was offering. I was looking forward to trying that, but I guess that wont be offered?
     
  12. 15pt

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    Here's an option. Dry preservative!!
     
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  13. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member


    I found that even when you find a tannery that is working for you, it could be 3 or4 years into it and then you start getting crap because of a change on their part. I found that doing my own deer and small game helped, but I still had bears, elk and such that I just didn't have time or space to do. I did learn to fix some pretty bad issues from tanneries though.
     
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  14. Richard C

    Richard C Well-Known Member

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    I was thinking the same thing.
     
  15. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    I’d quit taxidermy before I’d ever do DP on a big game mount .
     
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  16. Museum Man

    Museum Man Well-Known Member

    Had used New Method aka Pepi as far back as 1970. Sad to hear about them also. The last few years have used Quality Fur Dressing and have not had one problem at all. Have had African and north American stuff done all with exceptional quality and wet tans offered with a two-week turnaround. Dry tans were running six months which was pretty much average over the years with everyone.
     
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  17. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    That's not an option. That's desperation. Try DP on a bear, moose or bison.
     
  18. Richard C

    Richard C Well-Known Member

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    With DP , it’s partner is bondo ears.
     
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  19. 15pt

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    I dont get those in South Alabama. Anyway it's just an option that you yourself used for years.
     
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  20. grumpa

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    This will put a bigger load on existing {surviving} tanneries and it will put them even farther behind.
     
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