I just received my skins from a well known tannery in Heyburn Idaho and I was excited about opening the box and seeing the results, it turned in to a major disappointment.
The otter is severly damaged, torn in MANY places-nearly in half, both cross foxes are damaged-one has a hole in the head where the skin from the lower jaw was protruding and was difficult to extract, the red fox has a large tear as does the lynx. Every skin damaged after the process which began with perfect skins. Other tears are evident.
I have had other animal skins tanned and all came back perfect, though they were all done by different tanneries.
I sent my skins off to the tannery in Idaho due to all of the good things I heard about them from others I know and from things I have read here on AOD. Is this typical of this tannery, is this typical tannery production, was I "just lucky" in the past?
I wanted taxidermy quality processing when I inquired over the phone and was told I would be better of with the other option (type name escapes me ATM), would that have reduced the chances of damage occuring?
What say you "in the know"?