Re: beaver fleshing
lugnut, what we have is a homemade clamp.. two pieces of 1x3 about 8 inches long.put them down your fleshing beam about 10 inches and put a mark on them close to the edge of your beam.drill through the mark and put a 1/2 inch carriage bolt 6 inches long through them with nuts on the other end, when i put a beaver on the beam i like to start at about the shoulders so that is where i clamp it. i do from the shoulders to tail them turn around and do shoulders to nose.
furdog, when i skin i leave the nose and lips on then when fleshing i cut them off with the fleshing knife.
as far as the hoops i can hoop a blanket in about 10 or 15 minutes. each beaver gets around 240 rings in them, a few less per size.
lugut, i will get you a picture this weekend of my clamping rig, none to skin tonight. we will be getting some sets out tommorow so hopefully sunday we'll get some pics