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Drumming fur

Postby EO caller » Fri Nov 25, 2011 11:37 pm

I read on the NAFA site that they drum all wild fur before the auction. What does this mean as far as damage or sewing that had to be done. Does it make it easier to pick it out? I've never seen drummed fur. What would a guy have to do to make a fur drum. Old washing machine? Any pics?
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Re: Drumming fur

Postby Prairie Ghost » Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:55 pm

Drumming is kinda like putting your brass in a to get cleaned. It usually consists of corn cob grit of something of the like. It helps to make the fur "fluff" and look fuller. If anything it helps to hide any mistakes that you made and gives you an overall better appearance to your pelts.
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Re: Drumming fur

Postby Tim Anderson » Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:12 pm

Prarie ghost is pretty close.. corncobs or corncob chuncks are used and some add saw dust or cornmeal.. It really fluffs up the hides and gives them a nice clean shine to them and also makes them look and feel silky. You can add other things to help breakup the dried blood if there is any also...

I mentioned this on another site where they were talking about putting cat hides up and no one does it, they said the fur buyer wants them stiff as a board.. The drum sure would make there hides look alot better than they are without doing it...

Here is a pic of a home-made drum.

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Re: Drumming fur

Postby EO caller » Fri Dec 02, 2011 5:01 am

Very cool. Gotta make me one of those. Thanks.
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Re: Drumming fur

Postby bucksnbears » Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:17 am

nice drum Tim. you make i??
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Re: Drumming fur

Postby barebackjack » Fri Dec 02, 2011 4:55 pm

For anyone that puts up any appreciable amount of fur, a drum is as necessary as a stretcher, IMO.

We drum ALL canines and coon leather out before going on the stretchers. Sucks a lot of grease and moisture out of the leather and really gives you a head start on the drying cycle. Anything dried in an air wall (again, a must have piece of equipment for volume work) really benefits from drumming.

When we had ranch fox, all pelts were also drummed fur out with dry cleaning solvent as a final step.


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