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.
tuketu: Guess that course in " Wit and Quick Retort " is finally starting to pay off ... Lol ! All in good fun my Brothers !
Apr 11, 2014 10:53:49 GMT -4
BEA: U guys n your wheeler pride!!!!!! I'd hate to see the jabs if you were discussing something weighty like who makes the best recurve bow Although that would be quick.....because we all know who that is.....cough blackwidowcough
Apr 11, 2014 11:54:18 GMT -4
markus: gotcha...my 2010 Polaris has 8500kms and has never left me stranded = inferior....your 2013 machine only has 386kms because you dont drive it in fear it's gonna konk on ya = superior. Got it. lol
Apr 11, 2014 12:57:39 GMT -4
tuketu: Oh my Oh my .... No Fear with the Yah-ha Bruddah ! Don't want to get in a pissin' match over machines ... just share some drivin' time
Apr 11, 2014 14:15:44 GMT -4
markus: haha! Bring it out this year. We'll put ya in "KPR's Hole" and see how ya do. lol I drive around it and wait for him....but he always makes it out eventually. lol
Apr 11, 2014 14:29:21 GMT -4
BEA: can i bring my 3 wheeler?
Apr 11, 2014 16:22:22 GMT -4
markus: Yes you can! lol I wish I had one!
Apr 11, 2014 16:34:17 GMT -4
BEA: they fill a niche spot ....traction/snow/mud not being it tho....but in fairness ..a small light machine is great for picking your way thu the woods to a downed animal
Apr 11, 2014 17:12:31 GMT -4
BEA: i'll never sell that ol machine....soon time for a break job tho...and maybe swap out the original tires.....
Apr 11, 2014 17:13:23 GMT -4
kpr: You two just call when ya's need to be towed and give me GPS co-ords...I'll come get ya.
Apr 11, 2014 17:46:40 GMT -4
BEA: i'd like to have a new wheeler...but depending on if land becomes a home or a cottage.....if its a home....I might lean towards a tractor....soo many things to buy.......so little money
Apr 11, 2014 17:49:06 GMT -4
markus: You can likely save a few pennies if you get a pink bike. lol
Apr 14, 2014 14:49:48 GMT -4
markus: or "fushia" lol
Apr 14, 2014 14:50:11 GMT -4