Yes, by all means I’d suggest you purchase both of Hal’s videos. Fur Handling 2000 and “Clean Skinning & Stretching Beaver. Both videos are professionally done and Hal seems to take pains in the “showing & telling”. His narrative doesn’t fly over your head nor does it slide under the table.
I've been doing coon for a while but this is my first year putting beaver. My opinion of “clean skinning” is that it does take a while, for me at least but after a couple of dozen it's as Hal mentions in his video, about a tose up between the two methods. It’s easier to see the depth of your knife stroke then I thought it would be and the edges of the pelt are quite grease free when you’re finished which I like. I personally enjoy doing it but have some arthritic problems with my left wrist and forefinger (stiff wrist & crooked finger), that even with Motrin, only allows me to do a couple of beaver a day before the pain and grip says no more! It’s pretty darn important to have a good left wrist and forefinger if you’re right handed and wanting to clean skin.
At this time I seem to have greasier edges after beam fleshing and I can get myself in trouble with “pushing” a hole once in a while at the pelt edge, usually between a leg hole and the pelt edge. It’s also quite easy to flesh the gristle on the beam and I use a Necker 600 as well. Right now I’m at a happy medium by clean skinning the edges to the legs and beam fleshing the gristle.
To experienced hands at clean skinning this may seem silly because the gristle is actually nice to shave, in fact, I kind of look forward to getting to it after working out the legs! I can save my left hand and do another beaver or two and still be able to pick up the nails to board them.
One last note, I use one of those fish cleaning gloves (knife-proof) on my left hand while clean skinning figuring that if my grip left me while stroking I would save myself from a nasty cut. Hal points out in the video several places where you could cut yourself. Shortly after the initial cut when there is only limited freeboard, the knife has nicked the knuckle of my left thumb and a couple of times my crooked left finger down there at the tail points. No problem with that glove though and it doesn’t interfere with the “feel” of the clean skinning stroke. I use a 5” Forschner Skinning Knife and a small Dunn skinner in the tighter places and in the field. Though the Dunn is a fine knife, I actually favor the cheaper Forschner Skinner.
Since I rarely post or reply, I hope I haven’t overstated the answer.