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Woolly Sheep

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by 3bears, Mar 1, 2022.

  1. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    After damn near 2 decades at this I got the call to shoulder mount 3 sheep, 2 jacobs and 1 racko sheep. My question is on the tan. Home tan or send em off,wet or dry tan? I typically wet tan everything myself but not sure about getting the damn wool fairly clean. Any suggestions from those that have experience with these would be appreciated.
     
  2. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    Not sure which is better. With a dry tan, sometimes, but not always, the grit they are tumbled in is also tough to get out in addition to all the burrs and sticks.

    George has posted a method of cleaning using a lot of hair conditioner in the wool then pressure washing the wool clean. I have not had much look with that, but it could have been the pressure washer wasn't good enough.

    Good luck, I hate those things. They mount up quick, but you spend a whole day brushing to get them somewhat clean.
     

  3. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    I was thinking, they should mount up quick but that dang wool does not look fun. I did brush them before I caped them so there is less crap stuck in the wool. I've sent multiple sheep hides in to be dry tanned and they came back pretty darn clean so I was thinking of that. Typically, if I'm mounting it, I get a wet tan.
     
  4. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    I like dry tanned ,even when rehydration I try not to get the wool wet .
     
  5. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys, I appreciate it. They are salt dried and boxed and ready to be shipped in for a dry tan. I was thinking that anyway but, just wanted a little reassurance.
     
  6. tomgobbler

    tomgobbler Active Member

    09F81C7E-CD43-4019-A730-31EABF62F3FB.jpeg I do a bunch from a hunting ranch ever color / wool / hair configuration there is - and I send them off and do wet tan -
    Works good for me -
     
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  7. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Tomgobbler, Those look good but how tangled is the wool when you get them wet tanned. It may be deceiving but the 3 I got in appear to be even woollier than those. My experience with tanneries has been less that enjoyable so, I prefer to wet tan my own capes in house and only use a tannery for dry tans.
     
  8. donkeyman

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    maybe its the tannery you use - makes a big difference in the outcome.
     
  9. Crittrstuffr

    Crittrstuffr Well-Known Member

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    The few I did were commercially tanned (DRY) and came back clean and purty :). They seemed to combed to some extent but mounted up really nice and customers were happy with them. Wet tan . . . that's a lot of hair to get completely dry. I'm in Michigan so even our winters are more humid than other areas. JMO
     
  10. tomgobbler

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    I’ve done as wooley as they come - everything gets wet tanned - they don’t come back anymore tangled then when they were shipped there - the long haired - hairy sheep are worse then the wooley ones - those get flat out dreadlocks - and they won’t come out no matter wet or dry tanned . But I guess I can’t speak about the dry tanned / as all my capes are wet tanned. I way prefer getting capes back wet tanned. I generally mount everything within the same week as getting it back from the tannery - so I like it hydrated and ready to go - wet tan is not for everyone - if you don’t have the freezer space or aren’t going to mount them right away . I don’t freeze any of them - I just get them back and mount them -

    wet wool doesn’t bother me a bit - I towel dry , so it’s not dripping and blow dry it for a little bit and then put a fan on it over night / and hit it with the blow dryer again the next morning a little and then the fan again and they dry just fine.
     
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  11. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    I did what Tom does. I used shop air and blew out residual. I used lots of conditioner when they came back. After blowing them dry, I'd mount them and let them set. The next day, with a furrier's comb and a hairdryer, I'd start at the underside and backbrush to the top making them puffballs. I'm not sure they'd have groomed that well without the conditioner.
     
  12. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone for your input. I've done euros and horn plaques and even had sheep hides dry tanned but have yet to do any sheep shoulder mounts other than a Texas dall, and they aren't woolly like these critters.
     
  13. tomgobbler

    tomgobbler Active Member

    George - yea I condition them really good as well …., and awhile back I was watching my wife comb out my 9 year old daughters long hair after she had showered and she was spraying something in it ….. I was like what is that ….. it is detangler it helps the brush glide through the hair a lot better and so I had her get me a bottle and I use it on those mounts & it is pretty cool stuff ! Would highly recommend spraying it in the wethair Before brushing out …. It really helps :)
     
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