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900 Freedom Drive, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27610 Phone (919) 231-9933

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the turnaround time?

Current delivery time is updated regularly on the homepage.

Can you re-tan skins that have been already tanned at other tanneries?

Yes, but sometimes re-tanning is more difficult than tanning a fresh skin. Should you require tanning of a skin that has already been tanned somewhere other than Carolina Fur Dressing, you will be billed at 100-125% of our list tanning fee.

Can you dry tan a skin that has already been wet tanned?

For wet tans that require dry tanning: Skins will be re-oiled, dried, tumbled in sawdust, recombed and boxed. This service will be billed at material, labor, and overhead, 50% of original price.

How do I re-soak a dry tanned skin?

How to soak dry tanned capes and life-sizes is a question we are often asked. Probably the best and most often used method is as follows.

  • Submerge the skin in a container of plain tap water ranging from 60°-85° F. Add 1/2 lb. salt per gallon of water
  • Leave skin in container of water for approximately 3 hours.
  • If skin wants to float on top, periodically push it down under the surface.
  • Once it has been soaking for about 3 hours, remove skin from water and let it drain.
  • After the skin has been drained, or hand squeezed of all excess water, it should be rolled up with the face and ear butts in the center of roll.
  • Place rolled up hide in plastic bag overnight.
  • If you have a shop refrigerator, place hide in plastic bag and store in refrigerator overnight.
  • Next morning, the hide is ready to be prepped and mounted.

Using our tan, the skin can be kept in the refrigerator for 1-5 days if you cannot mount it right away. If you decide not to mount it within 1-5 days, it can be frozen and re-thawed later.

NEVER LEAVE A TANNED SKIN SUBMERGED IN WATER OVERNIGHT.

What type of tan does CFD use?

We actually store and use three (3) different tanning agents. Depending on the kind of skin, type of hair, fur, or wool and whether it is a wet or dry tan, determines which particular tan is used.

Having been in the taxidermy tanning industry for 36 plus years with an exceptional work force, we have literally hundreds of thousands of our tanned skins on mounts in trophy rooms, homes, museums, learning institutions, restaurants, truck stops, garages, basements, bars, both nationally and some internationally. We do not feel a need to disclose particular techniques, procedures, supplies or chemicals used. With that said, we are EPA and EPCRA compliance on chemicals used, stored, shipped, and disposed of.

Should I get “wet tan or dry tan”?

Just like taxidermists are not all the same, WET TANS ARE NOT ALL THE SAME. Our Carolina Fur wet tans, have never been duplicated for their stretchability, cleanliness of hair, and the non-oily feeling on the skin side. Even though our wet tans have clean non-oily hair and leather, the skin is fully penetrated with a tanning oil . Once a Carolina wet tan is mounted, the excess hide trimmed off the cape can be dried, then the work around with your hands, will then turn white and remain soft. This is due to the total penetration of the tan and oil.

A Carolina Fur Dressing wet tan will help you save time on the actual mounting process. You will spend less time and labor in repairs and finishing work. In many cases your skins will easily stretch out to their original size or even larger. It’s a fact that wet tanned skins will save you labor, which in our business translates into money saved.

Our wet tans are frozen and stored at -10°F then shipped on Mondays with most boxes going via UPS Ground. These skins are completely tanned, oiled, and ready to mount or be frozen when they arrive at your shop.

They have no oily residue on the leather or hair side, plus they have a pleasant odor. Also, since the skins are not tumbled in sawdust for hours there is much less damage to ears and lips.

Currently, we are tanning far more wet tan deer than dry tan and we are also wet tanning caribou, antelope, elk, moose, boars, and most african species.

How should I wash the hair/fur on a wet tanned skin?

How should I wash the hair/fur on a wet tanned skin?

On a Carolina Wet Tan, you can wash off any residue from the hair by submerging the entire skin in:

  • 1 gal- water 80° F
  • 1/2 lb. salt
  • Mild detergent, preferably dish washing liquid

Once hair is lathered up well, wash the soap from the hair, then rinse again in:

  • 1 gal water 80 deg F
  • 1/2 lb. salt
Should I wet tan bears, furs, Mt. Goats, Bisons, etc.?

There is no yes or no, black or white, answer to this question. We tell people that any skin can be wet tanned with good results. Please remember with a Carolina Wet Tan, you will get a cleaner fur, and leather BUT, if you have a spring bear with long soft or wooly hair, a long haired goat, fur, or Bison, the hair will be cleaner if dry tanned. Therefore, you have to weigh the advantages of working with a wet tanned leather and having to possibly wash the fur before you mount one of these types of skins, or start out with a cleaner fur, and rehydrate the dry tanned skin. It’s a personal choice. All unprimed skins such as early bears, early furs, early deer and caribou should be wet tanned if they are to be mounted. This will help to save the delicate, in-between season, hair and epidermis, that might come off should it be dry tanned.