A very cheap stud.
Speaking of cheap, how about Elk hair from a neighbor.
"I just keep it in the freezer," he said.
Aaron has a much more DIY in-tuned spouse. If mine uncovered a packet of red flesh in the freezer next to her brother's Omaha steaks, unwrapped it and discovered the other side of the flesh still had all its hair attached, life as I know it might be over.
I lived in constant fear for a couple of months, with the packet of Elk fur stuffed way back on the top shelf of the downstairs mini-frig. What to do? what to do?
Cruising the net I found a couple exotic solutions involving borax and other stuff. Then I remembered 5th grade. How could I forget, my mother was my teacher for half the year. (I don't recommend that.) But I seemed to recall pictures of native Americans scraping then staking out buffalo skins in the Great Plains sun and covering the skin side with salt. So that's what I did and it turned out quite well. There was no odor and after a week they were dried out and ready to use and store. I still have to protect them from Rua who would love to trying tying with them having destroyed my bucktail collection in her first tying attempt. (See previous blog .. Teaching your dog to tie....)
|I scraped off fat and flesh from the hide pieces, nailed them to a board, covered them with salt and then stretched some screening over them. I then left the out in the sun on the roof top deck for a week.|
|Looks professional but also authentic.|