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#2835977 - 11/17/11 04:29 PM Beaver - need Beaver hoop tutorial please
Eagle eyes Offline

Registered: 06/17/07
Posts: 11
Loc: Utah
Can someone show me the right way to hoop a beaver please? Pics would be nice blush

#2836301 - 11/17/11 06:18 PM Re: need Beaver hoop tutorial please [Re: Eagle eyes]
mike jerrell Offline

Registered: 01/23/07
Posts: 3345
Loc: Mississippi
I dont claim to be a professional hooper,but I have done quite a few,Im sure somone here knows a better way. I hang my hoop on a nail so its about chest or alittle higher,I only open my hoop about 2/3 rds.the size I expect when finished, I usually put a couple hooks in the nose or eye area then the bottom then the sides,If you have strong hands and sharp hooks you can stick em through the hide by hand, I have arthritis in my hands and stick my hookkole before I start. Just lay the hide on a 2x4 and make a hole evry1/2 inch or 3/4 inch.After ya get all your hooks in, You can pull downward and out for your size, Dont get it too tight,have it so the middle of the hide is alittle floppy when ya shake it. Commercial stabilizers work well. But I prefer a 6 ft.piece of cord,tie and s hook in one end then about 14 inches up from the hook make a loop,like atruckers hitch,then clamp on another s hook. You can hook one side then the other,run the loose end through the loop and pull until desired oval shape is reached,then make acouple half hitches and hang it up high,dries faster than boards, I use both though. Hooping takes a little longer but the hides seem to dry faster and u can hoop em whemn the fur is wet. Sorry no video.
Gotta spread your arms and hold your breath and always trust your cape. ~ Jerry Jeff Walker

#2836338 - 11/17/11 06:27 PM Re: need Beaver hoop tutorial please [Re: Eagle eyes]
Hupurest Offline
"Andy S wannabe"

Registered: 09/20/10
Posts: 2809
Loc: Alaska
Have always started like above..

start with north, then south,
then east, then west.
then north east, and south west and north west, southeast.

then split the differences same pattern, like tightening lug nuts...until the hooks are about 1 in apart.

It helped me to have 3 different sizes of hog rings.....to keep it a nice even size..
Originally Posted By: Malukchuk
I'll take wolves over idiots any day.

#2837086 - 11/17/11 10:28 PM Re: need Beaver hoop tutorial please [Re: Eagle eyes]
Eagle eyes Offline

Registered: 06/17/07
Posts: 11
Loc: Utah

#2837231 - 11/18/11 01:58 AM Re: need Beaver hoop tutorial please [Re: Eagle eyes]
TrapperJeb Offline

Registered: 04/30/08
Posts: 132
Loc: Lane Co, Oregon
I use a pair of pliers to put my hooks thru the hide... done it by hand once and I looked like I'd shaken hands with Edward Scissorhands! LOL
"The flock is safer when the wolves cannot tell the difference between the lions
and the lambs." ~ Charlton Heston

#2837300 - 11/18/11 05:49 AM Re: need Beaver hoop tutorial please [Re: Eagle eyes]
Scott W. (Iowa) Offline

Registered: 09/08/08
Posts: 215
Loc: Northeast Iowa
I find on big beaver I don't even need to use a tensioner to get the right oval. Just squash the sides in as you are hooking and tightening and it stays put. Unless you have hoops that are much stiffer than mine. Mine came from MTP.

#2837357 - 11/18/11 06:55 AM Re: need Beaver hoop tutorial please [Re: Eagle eyes]
Don Adams Offline

Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 1837
Loc: Ohio
I do mine like Hup and Mike - I use needle nose pliers as well. Those hog rings are sharp. Pic from last year

Edited by Don Adams (11/18/11 07:02 AM)

#2837526 - 11/18/11 09:14 AM Re: need Beaver hoop tutorial please [Re: Don Adams]
Sledmaster Offline

Registered: 11/17/11
Posts: 0
Loc: NE Kansas
Very nice Don


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