When we receive whole carcasses and skinned animals, we start by tagging the hides with your customer number. Once the hide is thawed, we can begin the skinning, fleshing, and drying process.
When we receive dried hides, we punch your customer number into the hide. When your fur is finished we will match the punch with your invoice.
From there your furs will go into a rehydrator, which makes your fur pliable. We then put the hides in a pickle which is just a mixture of water, salt, and acid. It neutralizes the hide so bacteria can no longer grow while it is being shaved and Hyde-mastered.
After the hides have been shaved and Hyde-mastered we put them in the Wet Drum. The hides are in a tanning solution for 24 hours then rinsed and drained for our next step.
We then oil the hides. After they are oiled we hang them up to dry.
After the hides are dried we tumble them in a mixture of corn cob grit and mineral spirits to soften them up. The last step we do is cage the hides to clean out the hair and leather side.