Martin, Mink, Fisher
Rehydration & Hide Preparation
At Fur Tanning Co we use
a unique method of tanning that encourages you to
rehydrate your skins in a specific manner. The following
instructions will allow you to get the best results on
your hides and capes.
- In luke warm water
submerge medium size capes such as Deer and Antelope
for 20 minutes. On larger capes such as Moose and
Elk submerge for no longer than 30 minutes.
- After soaking hang
cape and squeeze off excessive water and allow
draining for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes
tightly Horse up (Roll skin-to-skin tightly
overnight) the cape with the face to middle over
- Proceed with
For Flat Skins and
- Sponge entire skin
side of hide with ample warm water. (DO NOT
- Horse up with face
to middle over night.
- Proceed with
The most important step
of taxidermy or tanning is how well the hides or pelts
are prepared, prior to the tannery or taxidermist
receiving the shipment. Remember, the quality of your
finished hides or pelts depend on the customer prep
work. This should include, timely manner on
skinning, fleshing, salting and drying the hides or
pelts. These steps should ensure the hides or pelts will
remain at the highest quality possible.
All specimens must be
properly prepared before shipping.
- Properly flesh all
meat and heavy fat from the hide.
- Ears, lips, and eyes
- Faces, paws fleshed
and nose, tail split.
- Salt all hides and
hang on rack to 75% dryness. This helps prevent
bacteria from growing.
- Do not over dry it
will cause skins to become brittle and could cause
damage when folding.
- Box up using strips
of newspapers for packaging materials as it will
absorb any moisture left. Do not put in plastic bags
as it could cause hair slippage.
- Shipping - We prefer
using Ups or FedEx please ship on Mondays or
Tuesdays so we will receive your packages before the
Shipping & Terms