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fleshing beaver tails #7483402
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Can anyone point me toward a video showing how to flesh beaver tails?
How the heck do you hold them?
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Re: fleshing beaver tails [Re: AKAjust] #7483428
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I just put a couple of nails at the base of the tail on a sheet of plywood and scrape off with my trusty pull-type paint scraper. Takes less than a minute per side.


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Re: fleshing beaver tails [Re: AKAjust] #7483437
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Re: fleshing beaver tails [Re: AKAjust] #7483467
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It's MUCH easier to cut down the sides like the video, then put the tail bone in a vice, then use a pair of vice grips and just grab each side of the tail leather and pull. peels tight off. One side always seems to have more fat than the other side. Way faster than using the fillet knife all the way down.


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Re: fleshing beaver tails [Re: AKAjust] #7483498
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Has anyone tried tanning the tail skin?

Re: fleshing beaver tails [Re: AKAjust] #7483500
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Re: fleshing beaver tails [Re: AKAjust] #7483515
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Way back when I first started tanning, didnít go too well. I have since improved my tanning method that has produced some soft leather. Iím fixiní to do up a batch of tails using my new method. Iíll let you know how it goes.


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Re: fleshing beaver tails [Re: AKAjust] #7483520
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Used these folks in the past and tails came out great! Looks like ,for now, theyíre not accepting tails. https://specialtyleather.com/hides/

Re: fleshing beaver tails [Re: AKAjust] #7483525
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In the mid-90s I was professionally involved in tanning furs. in a season I made about 2000 pelts of muskrat, mink, polecat, marten, fox, badger. I think that with your help I can make a beaver's tail.

Re: fleshing beaver tails [Re: Miley] #7483538
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Originally Posted by Miley
Used these folks in the past and tails came out great! Looks like ,for now, theyíre not accepting tails. https://specialtyleather.com/hides/



Same here, hoping this is short term, I liked the way the tails came back from them.


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Re: fleshing beaver tails [Re: AKAjust] #7483540
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Great video on it thanks Hobbie


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Re: fleshing beaver tails [Re: AKAjust] #7483541
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To make a useable size chunk of beaver tail leather for wallets etc,you have to leave both sides attached at least 4 inches on one side.
Splitting them in two pieces is not the way to handle beaver tails for the leather market.
May be OK for your own use,depending on the use.
There used to be a good market for properly skinned and dried beaver tails for a few years,we got $3 a tail for large tails and 75 cents for small ones.
The market was limited and FHA would let us know when the buyer needed an order.

Go to FHA website and check the pelt handling manual under beaver tails.
There is information on how to properly handle beaver tails.

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Re: fleshing beaver tails [Re: AKAjust] #7483547
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Originally Posted by Boco
To make a useable size chunk of beaver tail leather for wallets etc,you have to leave both sides attached at least 4 inches on one side.
Splitting them in two pieces is not the way to handle beaver tails for the leather market.
May be OK for your own use,depending on the use.
There used to be a good market for properly skinned and dried beaver tails for a few years,we got $3 a tail for large tails and 75 cents for small ones.
The market was limited and FHA would let us know when the buyer needed an order.

Robert ! Do you make beaver tails ?

Re: fleshing beaver tails [Re: AKAjust] #7483548
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I do not tan beaver tails anymore,Kosoi,I have tanned a few in the past to make knife sheaths and watchbands.
I have also tanned sturgeon skins for the same purpose in the past.

Tanned sturgeon skin must be the toughest leather on earth.

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Re: fleshing beaver tails [Re: AKAjust] #7483563
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Iíve not had much luck softening Bark tanned fish skin.


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Re: fleshing beaver tails [Re: AKAjust] #7483572
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Go to U-Tube they have several good vids on splitting and skinning them. I use the vice grip and vise method only takes minutes and you don't have to much to flesh on one side cause the other side peels right clean.

You can use split beaver tails for wallets, Boco, is a bit behind the times with that advice, LOL I buy them like this all the time when needed, several people here have supplied me with them !

You just have to make sure they are at least 4 inches wide by 8 inches long larger is better cause even tails shrink when tanned

Specialty Leathers is your go to people for tanning tails, I don't recommend doing them home tanned they will usually break when you fold them, it takes a fine tan to do them and then they are sanded down pretty thin to work with.


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Re: fleshing beaver tails [Re: AKAjust] #7483633
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I hear you make nice wallets Gritguy.I'm sure you can make a wallet out of split tails of the right size.
That said,the larger the piece of leather you have to work with gives you more leeway in what you can design and make with a piece of beaver tail leather,thus more marketing opportunity.
The handling of beaver tails for a larger piece of leather is in the FHA fur handling manual.
I skinned and sold a lot of beaver tails and never had any trouble handling them complete,as opposed to pieces.


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Re: fleshing beaver tails [Re: AKAjust] #7483650
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I've bi-folded tails before for larger projects, not a easy chore to do, and then hoping they come back from the tannery with out splits or rips in them from the work there is another story. Tails are a tricky thing to master to even send in to tan, most use to much fleshing work on them or don't prep them correctly to have tanned.

It's a no brainer the more material you have to work with makes the job a bit easier depending on what it is.

Your work is not in question, your advice that you provided that you could only use split open tails was !


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Your work is not in question, your advice that you provided that you could only use split open tails was ![/quote]


Well not exactly-you said yourself you need a piece at least 4 inches across-You wont get that from a lot of tails,only the biggest if they are not handled complete.


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I don't know what the big deal is. They are just like filleting a fish. Not hard to tan either.
Also you don't have to use a vice if you just pull the tail skin off while it's still attached to the beaver.


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