OK, I am thoroughly confused and wondering if someone can set me straight. I have read a few books on fur preperation (specific to coyote) and every book regarding preparing fur to be sold never mentions salting. However every book on mounting an animal always mentions salting the hide.
I just got my first coyote and want to make a wall hanger (soft hide) myself. I have fleshed it and placed it on a wire stretcher. I have not salted it. I will probably need to turn it tomorrow (fur side out). The justification for salting seems to be so the hair won't slip, so why do fur handlers (coyote) not salt the hide?
I would like to tan the hide once it is dried. I had ordered a Lutan tanning kit from Van Dykes. Let me know if you think I should utilize a different kit or if this will do. Any pointers you can give would be GREATLY appreciated!!!
Salting and drying it that way makes it rehydrate better/quicker for the pickling/tanning process. I tend to add a special rehydration aid when doing air dried skins. I did a big air dried coyote a couple months ago- it required a warm soak up with this rehydration stuff, and extra work with detail fleshing. Coyotes need to also be degreased, though they are not as full of skin oils as coons, possums, and beavers. Keep in mind I have been tanning hides for something like 17 years, so what seems "easy" to me would be harder for you. You may just want to send it a fur dresser.
I don't know why the fur market prefers air drying btw. Maybe it's part tradition, the old mountain men couldn't carry salt with them, plus the Indians tacked out or hooped up hides as well.
Foxtrapperwoman I might look into sending some fur to a fur dresser this year if I can catch a grey and coyote. Do you have any you would recomend. Also would they need to be fleshed stretched or could I just skin,0 freeze and send. I know the latter would cost more, but I figure it would be done correctly. Looking for wall hangings also?
I have sent to Moyles for years, but there is something going on with them this year. Some over at taxinet have been complaining. Moyles sent me a weird partial bill, and my coons weren't done yet. I'll be finding out soon enough if they screwed up my hides, when those coons are done.
I'm not sure about this, as it is just something I read somewhere, maybe on trapperman. From what I understand, salting hides for the fur market make them harder to grade. Since the value of the hide is determined by the grade, the buyers want to know for sure what they are getting.