Beyond the Senses
An indepth study of damaged whitetail deer hair as seen through the microscope. This is another article that takes out the guess work, and jumping to the wrong conclusion regarding hair slip.
These photos show a common form of hair slip that many are totally unaware of as to the causes.
CHEMICALLY INDUCED PRONGHORN ANTELOPE HAIR SLIP
by Glen Conley
HAIR SLIP, SLIPPING HAIR ON CAPES
by Glen Conley
Was this hair slippage caused by bacteria? I DON'T THINK SO!
How many people on planet Earth know how the hollow portion of hair grows and developes on cervids? Caribou hair growth developement sequences can be seen and understood with these microphotographs.
Cary Cochran and I were talking one time, when he said to me, "Glen, taxidermy AIN'T rocket science.....but, it sure helps if you understand some of the principles."
I laughed long and hard at the truthfulness of his statement.
This article should help you to better understand the effects of pickle acids on skins, capes, or hides, and the structures we are dealing with. One aspect of stretch, or lack of, of a tanned cape, can be better understood with this microphotography illustrated article by Glen Conley.
UNDERSTANDING THE LACK OF STRETCH OF A TANNED HIDE
If you are a beginning taxidermist of tanner, these articles just might cut a few years off your learning curve. If you have been at these things for awhile, these articles will either be a good refresher, or fill in a missing blank or two for you.
HIDE TANNING and TAXIDERMY
WHITETAIL DESIGNER SYSTEMS, INC.