Post by billythekidrock on Sept 19, 2006 23:44:30 GMT -4
Just wondering how others do it. Here is my way.
Take the paw and lay it on a table or chunk of wood with the claws pointing to the left. With your thumb and first finger of your left hand, grab a claw where the hair starts. With your right hand feel about a half inch behind where the skin starts and you will feel the joint. Now with a sharp knife cut the skin straight down, then rotate your knife hand slightly to the right and cut to the left in a crescent shape.
Once you have all the claws off you will want to clean them up a bit. Here is how I do it. Hold the claw in your left hand by the long hairs, with the tip facing up and the pad facing away from your hand. Cut straight down between the long hair and back of the claw. Do not remove all of the skin, basically you are giving the claw a close shave. Then I do this to both sides, then with the pad.
When they are done put them in a small bowl with Borax. Every couple days you should shuffle them around a bit. If they are very wet or damp I lay them on a plate to air dry, then back to borax.
Do not use salt or store in the freezer.
Here are some photos of some claws that I started to clean. They do not have any hair on them but you will get the idea.
I take the claw by the back, where the long hair is and cut right down the back.
Post by gundogs123 on Sept 21, 2006 13:25:44 GMT -4
I had my taxidermist show me how he does it. Similar to Billy's method but put the claw in a vice,(pad towards you), with a sharp knife just cut down the sides closely and over when you feel the joint. Scrape it off a bit. Then put them on a board near or above your furnace for a few days, turning a few times. When they are completly dry, put them back in the vice sideways, wrapped in paper towel. Put the claw part down and take a grinder to smooth down the bone on the top of the claw.
Post by billythekidrock on Sept 22, 2006 21:22:16 GMT -4
I don't have but a couple dozen anymore, but at one time I had about 200. I lost them away or gave them as gifts, some that I cleaned were not mine. One year I gave all my neices & nephews predator calls with claws on the lanyard. They go quick.
And now after all that, both my boys want full necklaces..it may take awhile.
Henpecked: KPR or bear question.... photobucket is so slow, where are you hosting your pictures?
Jul 24, 2014 18:15:31 GMT -4
BEA: still no buck luv on t-cams...i think they are all at CHB or Pete's Plots !
Jul 24, 2014 19:18:17 GMT -4
kpr: Henpecked...I use P Bucket...works great here...
Jul 25, 2014 10:02:03 GMT -4
Henpecked: takes for ever to even make a new folder, I have pics but I dont have all day to wait
Jul 25, 2014 12:00:52 GMT -4
skeeter: hey is there a post on how to insert a video ... other then photobucket or vimeo? like right from my c drive
Jul 26, 2014 10:14:04 GMT -4
kpr: Skeeter not sure videos can be directly uploaded...sorry...has to be hosted,I bumped up a post on how to from Youtube,easy to get an account there with just and email addy and you can keep it "private" if you want.
Jul 27, 2014 6:36:32 GMT -4
markus: Good to see a decent buck show up for ya bea.
Aug 17, 2014 21:18:40 GMT -4
BEA: yup i agree markus....its been a tough go finding a couple bucks ths year,hopefully they hang around. I know come rut time there will be a buck or two in there with the does aroundbut I'm not against filling a tag early haha! "specially with two tags
Aug 18, 2014 5:57:49 GMT -4
BEA: I guess its two tags again ?
Aug 18, 2014 5:58:12 GMT -4
heavyweight: Bea the bucks are a bonus for ya,just that beautiful paddle would be enough for me!
Aug 18, 2014 11:09:02 GMT -4
BEA: i enjoy that trip more and more heavyweight! I'll miss it when I move from here....but Im hoping the move will be to better hunting grounds!
Aug 18, 2014 11:52:41 GMT -4
markus: 2 tags again...seems crazy, but it's what we have!
Aug 20, 2014 9:28:12 GMT -4
BEA: yuo...right or wrong markus....but I'll take it!...likely take one and then only take a second if its a good one...
Aug 20, 2014 16:39:24 GMT -4
Henpecked: You fellows enjoy the holiday weekend........
Aug 29, 2014 15:14:39 GMT -4