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Tanning Poll <> Do you Send them in or do them in your shop ?

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by Galen, Sep 5, 2006.

  1. I send capes in to be done .

    34.1%
  2. I tan my own deer capes

    65.9%
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  1. Galen

    Galen 218-263-7177 www.EdgewaterTaxidermy.com

    How many people send in deer capes and how many tan capes in your shop . I thought this might be interesting as well as the price poll on deer heads.

    15 day Poll
     
  2. shawn77

    shawn77 Guest

    in shop , thats the only way to get the turnaround time you need . to pay the bills. ;
     

  3. oldterryr

    oldterryr Terry's in Heaven with no worries at all.

    always in shop - i cut enuf holes myself
     
  4. Deerman

    Deerman Member

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    in shop all the time
     
  5. James Parrish

    James Parrish Tundra Swan...Its What's For Dinner!

    Unless you don't have enough work to keep you busy, or your prices are really cheap, I can't see much benefit to tanning in-house. I will tan stuff in-house if I have to get it done real quick. Otherwise, I send it out. I live about 25mi from Carolina Fur Dressing and 15 miles from Lonestar, so I just drop 'em off and pick 'em up when they're done. I also use the prep service. When I get a deer in, I cape it off the head and roll the cape up with the face in the middle, bag, and freeze.

    Oldterryr, if you use a good tannery, you shouldn't have many holes at all. I sent 3 capes to David Patton at Lonestar. The only repair work I had to do was on one ear. It had a 3/4" split in the edge. The lips were thin enough, but I like my eyes and nose really thin, so I spent about 10 min on each cape doing a detail fleshing. They could have neen mounted just as they came back to me, though.

    To me, it just makes good money sense to use a reputable tannery.
     
  6. I do both. I send out the big jobs: bear, elk, med-lg lifesize. I tan most of my deer capes, fox, coon, etc. I do my prep work and tanning in small lots-- usually 5 deer capes at a time. I could probably save a few bucks in man hours by sending them out but I feel more confortable doing some things myself.
     
  7. oldshaver

    oldshaver Guest

    Mike, your spending a whole lot more than $1.50 to tan a deer cape. So your time is free? Biz sense to me, would be spending your time mounting another deer.
     
  8. Leslie

    Leslie New Member

    I would like to send them out, and will start doing so soon. I have an idea that it is only worth it to tan in house if you do less than 20 or so deer. Since deer season started this year, I have gotten 8 shoulder mounts. I will tan those in house to have something to work on, and hopefully start sending my tanning out soon. I am nervous about it though, and haven't decided who to use. I am not really asking for recommendations. I have seen several posts with recomendations. I may try sending a couple of spares to Carolina and a couple to Lonestar. See who I like better. I have heard of someone in Greenville, but what I heard was not good. Still, it may not have been his fault considering the source.
     
  9. Nina Lukaszewicz

    Nina Lukaszewicz Outdoor Dreams Taxidermy

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    Never tried a tannery yet. I bought a commercially tanned cape before, to mount for myself, and it was really nice, no holes and really thin with great stretch. I tan all my capes myself but when I get the chance to mount something difficult like a greasy bear cape or a lifesize deer, then I will send it out.
     
  10. Western Rivers

    Western Rivers Wolves are Idaho's #1 Poacher!

    Tan-em, saves alot of money and time!
     
  11. fesekula

    fesekula Active Member

    I pickle shave and tan myself. I have herd to many horror story's from commercial tannery's. If something will go bad I want it to be my fault. No problems yet.
     
  12. jrosbor

    jrosbor Member

    I don't try to save any money or time. I tan in house just because I perfer to do it that way. I like the control I have and thats about it.
     
  13. Alan

    Alan Guest

    I tan everything in house currently have 9 bears and 5 pronghorns from this year going right now. I like the control and less turn around time. 2 of the pronghorns will be ready to be mounted this weekend and they were dropped off last Monday.
     
  14. B KENNEDY

    B KENNEDY “THE YOUNG GUN”

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    I tan every thing in house. i guess I like to be busy. My shop is attached to my house so I can come and go as I please.
     
  15. Kevin M.

    Kevin M. Active Member

    I tan my own. Maybe if I get busy enough to justify it I may start sending them out.But for now I have the time to do it myself.My shop is in a building on my property also. So it makes it easy for my to keep an eye on things.Also I use a pressure tanner. That may be another interesting pole.
    Or How many people are DP'ing.
     
  16. I SEND ALL DEER CAPES AND LARGE LIFESIZES OUT PLUS THE GREASY BEAVER AND COONS ALL ELSE IS DONE IN HOUSE . THE REASON IS I DON'T HAVE A FLESHING MACHINE LOOKING AT THE NEW LITE ECONO THOUGH, MIGHT INVEST IN ONE.
     
  17. Ed Hawkins

    Ed Hawkins New Member

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    Both, I do deer and antelope inhouse using a pressure tanner, and send everything else out.
     
  18. Frank E. Kotula

    Frank E. Kotula master, judge, instructor

    I'm totally in house. I have full control over what I do. 8)
     
  19. aussiesam

    aussiesam I'm an Australian.

    Tan in-house, for same reason as above.
    Only thing i send to the tanner are flat skins.
     
  20. Dean

    Dean New Member

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    I have to many mounts to tan tan them myself. I would be tanning all the time and getting behind on mounts. I'm a taxidermist not a tannery. I do one once in a while if I need one in a hurry. If you have the time to do it it works out great. Time is money. I make more putting a mount together than pickling and shaving capes. By the time the tannery gets the hides back to me they still sit around for about a month or more before I get to start mounting them so waiting isn't a problem. I look at it like having an employee work for you only when needed. You just need to make sure you have a good tannery that doesn't make extra work for you. Just like taxidermy or anything else, you get what you pay for. I like the control of doing it myself too, but there is a time when you have to make the decission and send them out. I believe it just comes down to work load and when you need to make the switch. I made the switch about 10-12 years ago and more money is being made by it.
     
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