There was a young man the day before yesterday that asked for a tutorial on dorsal skinning. This is just the way I do it, some others may have better way's and/or advice so please add your 2 cents if you do. I will post the Bobcat today & then add the Beaver & Fox in a few day's. Hope this helps some beginners understand dorsal cut skinning for lifesize mammals. BTW, I usually do not dorsal skin cats (most fox & all beavers I do though) I split the belly & leg's for I have found it a lot easier to modify or alter my form, totally prep it & then apply & Taxi the hide. But for this particular mount I am using a dorsal incision because it will work better for the form & mount I am doing for the customer. Start by splitting the cat down the back from the bottom part of the neck to a couple of inches above the base of the tail. start skinning around every reachable area & then snip the tail off at the base. I prefer to spray the skin with Stop-Rot while skinning Keep skinning around & make a 1 1/2" - 2" cut right above the pads in the feet (this allows easier skinning & easy insertion & modeling of clay when mounting) DO NOT CUT THE PADS! Now to the feet, I prefer to remove the toes while skinning, not later during fleshing. Get as much done now while you can! Start by skinning down as far as you can & then snipping the toes off. Then split the toe & foot bone for easy removal Skin on down & remove the toe bone & the very bottom joint, you can snip right in between the cartilage with ease. After all the toes have been removed, move up to the head & skin. On the ears, skin & split them as far as you can while attached to the head....this gives you weight leverage of the cat to help you skin, and then later you will not have as much prep & splitting work to do. The less you have to touch the ears with your warm hands, the less chance you have of the ear hair slipping After splitting as far as possible, the remove the ear from the head as close to the base as possible. After that, finish skinning the skin away from the head until completely removed. Cut off at base This is what your finished skin & body should look like.