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#13432 - 03/30/06 09:28 AM Drumming (Tumbling) Furs
WayneAmerica Offline
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Registered: 02/07/06
Posts: 56
Loc: Nebraska
I have an old dryer I was going to use for tumbling furs. Does anyone else use this method? If so, what have been the results on the furs? More important... is it worth the effort?

Thanks.

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#13433 - 03/30/06 10:02 AM Re: Drumming (Tumbling) Furs
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Registered: 07/22/00
Posts: 3663
Loc: Wellington,OH=USA
Is it worth the effort.No,not in my opinion

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#13434 - 03/30/06 02:46 PM Re: Drumming (Tumbling) Furs
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Registered: 07/17/00
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Loc: Blue Creek, Ohio, USA
If per chance you send your furs to auction, the cats and canines will be tumbled there, and you will be charged for it (drumming charge). But, drumming them at home will not help you avoid the charge, all the fur that comes in is drummed.

If you are selling to a local buyer, I doubt that drumming is going to get you very much extra money. If you were selling fur on a private contract, then maybe drumming would be a good idea.

smile -- Hal
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#13435 - 03/31/06 04:05 AM Re: Drumming (Tumbling) Furs
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Registered: 11/16/01
Posts: 55
Loc: Pennsylvania
I use a tumbler all the time in the fur shed. I mainly use it to dry wet hides. When I get wet, muddy coons, beaver, yotes. I take the garden hose to them, then just skin them and toss the hide in for 10 minutes or so. Comes out nice and dry. Also, the sawdust that clings to the leather help soak up the greese when fleshing. This method does not work to well on red fox.
Oops, forgot to mention, I use dry hardwood sawdust for media.

Mike

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#13436 - 03/31/06 06:51 AM Re: Drumming (Tumbling) Furs
WayneAmerica Offline
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Registered: 02/07/06
Posts: 56
Loc: Nebraska
Scrapper - Does that mean you leave the heating element working?

Otherwise, without the heating element, will it help to produce a softer pelt?

Thanks.

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#13437 - 04/01/06 03:29 AM Re: Drumming (Tumbling) Furs
scrapper Offline
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Registered: 11/16/01
Posts: 55
Loc: Pennsylvania
Wanye,
No, I don't have any heat in the tumbler.

I'm not sure I follow what you mean by a softer hide??

Mike

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#13438 - 04/01/06 05:56 AM Re: Drumming (Tumbling) Furs
Hal Offline
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Registered: 07/17/00
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Loc: Blue Creek, Ohio, USA
The process of tumbling (drumming) raw furs is used to clean up the fur, and remove some of the grease. A sawdust-like compound is used in the process. It has nothing to do with softening the leather.

smile -- Hal
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#13439 - 04/01/06 09:31 AM Re: Drumming (Tumbling) Furs
WayneAmerica Offline
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Registered: 02/07/06
Posts: 56
Loc: Nebraska
Okay... for cleaning them up, then. After those two coons I started on last year, having them a little cleaner, certainly, a little less greasy, sounds good to me!

Thanks guys!

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#25396 - 10/17/17 12:31 PM Re: Drumming (Tumbling) Furs [Re: WayneAmerica]
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