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Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 12 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

NorthernMonkeyGirl wrote:
Where's the kit from please?


Snowdonia Taxidermy Supplies

Rob R



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 12 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Woodburner wrote:
Are we talking leather or "rug"?


Whichever is your favourite

T.G



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 12 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Woodburner wrote:
Are we talking leather or "rug"?
For leather it very much depends on what you want to make with it.


But what would one make with a fox fur? Genuine question, or a hares for that matter.

I know just before my mother died she made me choose from her fox stole collection one I'd like to keep, I don't know but the whole thing just didn't rest easy with me.

I didn't want to cause her upset or distress and she was trying to be nice but I didn't want one. They were mostly artic fox and were really old, items she'd been given or left from aunts and her mother.

She made me try them on to make sure I chose one that suited me but to be honest how can you go, oh yes that dead fox around your neck suits you much more than the other dead fox?

In the end I decided to choose the most unusual one out of them, not because it was the rarest or unusual, but because the poor critters head had been squished over the years and I could pop it in a box and forget I own it and if ever questioned as to why I hadn't worn it could say in all honesty that it was because of it's damage.

Thinking about it though, I have real leather items of clothing, saddlery, shoes etc. even settees as do most people, so why is it anymore unnerving (maybe not the exact word I'm looking for) to have a fox stole than a leather sofa?

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 12 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

hare is ace for hats,fox for big winter hats /collars and cuffs ,

at the mo i am making a bag from a bongo (the whole skin not a drum skin) . "hygenically tanned affrihide " and only 10 from the flea market

Rob R



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 12 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Perhaps because of the association with the smell - she borrowed my knife to skin it and now it needs autoclaving!

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 12 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Sheep. In the summer, they live on camping chairs outside keeping us toasty in the evenings, and in the winter, on various sofas and rocking chairs for the same reason. I never, ever go camping without them. Could do with a few more actually. I even take them to sleep on when we go visiting now. Much more comfortably than an air bed, and never get leaks. The only thing I hardly ever do is put them on the floor. They're too nice! The dogs thins this mean, unless I let them on the sofas too (they will choose the chairs with sheep on too. The only willing contact the daft things will have with livestock!)

vegplot



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 12 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Gawber wrote:
vegplot wrote:
I'm rather fond of my own.


but would it make a good rug?


Only if there's a pulse.

earthyvirgo



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 12 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Rob R wrote:
NorthernMonkeyGirl wrote:
Where's the kit from please?


Snowdonia Taxidermy Supplies


Oh my goodness.
We went to talk to these people about a website ...gosh, must be 7 or 8 years ago.

Very strange meeting.
We were being watched by many hundreds of glass eyes!

EV

Rob R



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 12 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

perlogalism wrote:
Hmm, I haven't tanned a cow hide yet, so it'll have to be the Fallow deer for now.

If there's anyone near Shrewsbury who's taking a cow for slaughter and doesn't want the skin though, I'd love to make use of it


Funnily enough one of my cattle hides will be displayed in the new late Iron Age display at Shrewsbury museum. Not sure on the timescale though.

ETA - just found out that it won't be until next year.

Spruengli



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 12 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Sheep - especially my fabulous Kerry Hill X Wensleydale sheepskin - just received from Rosewood Farms

Rob R



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 12 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We've only got a couple of those left now, got some more on the way but they're still on the animals at present, with some more going in on Monday.

Pea



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 12 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

The kit from Snowdonia Taxidermy Supplies is excellent, I have used it for deer, fox and lots of rabbits
Very therapeutic too.

I loved the Balwen sheep skin I tanned a few a years ago but you cant beat the rabbits for softness, Im after some mink skins now.

spughawk



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 12 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Kangaroo very strong and light the best for jesses, veg tanned calf for blocked dutch hoods

madcat



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 12 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I would like to be better aquainted with a sheepskin,make a nice soft bed just for me
what are the choices/costs.

madcat



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 12 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

pea catch your own mink on the cut and do the local wildlife a favour.Mink are total vermin

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