SKINNING FOR LIFESIZE AND RUGS
When skinning and quartering, place a tarp or sheet on the ground under the animal if possible. This will keep dirt and rocks out of your meat and out of the hair. Immediately place the meat and hide in cloth bags. You can hang the filled bags in a shaded location with good air circulation or place in a nearby cold water source. We have provided some very basic information about the initial cuts you’ll need to make. Make your preliminary cuts along the dotted lines.
We prefer that you cut the body off at the wrist and ankle joints - leaving the paws and feet in the skin. We will remove the toe and finger bones for you to ensure there are no extra holes or 'skinning accidents' for us to repair. We also prefer you leave the skull in the hide and let us skin out the head.
One more way we go beyond the ordinary with our work; we will craft a 'head in' rug for any animal...
SKINNING FOR SHOULDER MOUNTS
You should cut around the center of the animal first to make sure you do not leave your cape too short.
For the #2 cut
stop just behind the burs
For the # 3 cut
stay in the long hair that goes down the back of the leg.
DO NOT CUT INTO THE ARMPIT
Stay outside of the lighter colored belly hair and cut down the side of the animal.
Depending on how you intend to use the skin; there are 3 basic ways to skin a beaver.
Rabbits can also be skinned using any of these methods.
Hoop or Round:
Lower part of the legs and tail are removed.
A single incision is made starting where the tail was removed; cutting through the anus and the lower jaw:
A single cut is made starting from just above the anus; stopping at the neck. The animal is turned inside out as you go; removing the feet without cutting the legs:
Flat Skin or Pelt:
The tail is removed. A single incision is made where the tail was removed; cutting through the anus and the lower jaw. Cut from the belly incision outward to the paw pad of each foot and remove only the paws:
SPECIAL PROJECTS - RAPTORS AND PROTECTED SPECIES
The majority of this work is done for Native American and First Nation tribal members.
Eagle parts and feathers are an important part of native culture. We take great pride in preserving these items to create ceremonial pieces as well as mounting whole specimens to celebrate and preserve native heritage for our own as well as other tribes.
We also do pieces for museums, schools, libraries, and zoos but as an individual; you can not be in possession of these animals legally unless you have the proper documentation. You must have a federal permit authorizing your lawful possession of such an animal. If you are un-sure of your documentation please contact us before you bring in a specimen.