Muskrat Dubbing the easy way

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Muskrat Dubbing the easy way

Post by Roadkill » Tue Jul 19, 2022 11:11 pm

Thanks to whoever recently commented about using a hair trimmer to take dubbing off a skin 8-) ... :D

One muskrat hide... and my new pet trimmer
ImageRIMG7259 by William Lovelace, on Flickr

Muskrat belly dubbing trim...
ImageRIMG7260 by William Lovelace, on Flickr

A few whirls whirl in the Roadkill coffee dubbing machine and a nice supply of dubbing in about 15 minutes for the first attempt...
ImageRIMG7261 by William Lovelace, on Flickr
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Re: Muskrat Dubbing the easy way

Post by Partsman » Wed Jul 20, 2022 4:08 pm

Very cool, a little warm to pickup a road kill but lots of rats on the sod farm behind my house. The trimmer looks like the way ideal way to collect the fur.
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Re: Muskrat Dubbing the easy way

Post by DUBBN » Thu Jul 21, 2022 2:49 pm

I can not bring my self to shave my muskrat. I really like to remove all the guard hairs. I do not want those long hairs in my small patterns.

Beaver is different. All beaver should be shaven as close as possible. Its easier and funner to work with.

I feel like I should cut out a patch of the ditch rat and shave it. Some things cause me stress. This is one of them.
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Re: Muskrat Dubbing the easy way

Post by letumgo » Thu Jul 21, 2022 4:20 pm

I can not bring my self to shave my muskrat.

This line struck me as so funny. I immediately started laughing when I read it. Sounds like the opening statement in one of those multiple step self help programs.

“Hello, my name is Ray, and…” :lol: :lol: :lol:

Sorry to get off track, I am just in a silly mood.
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Re: Muskrat Dubbing the easy way

Post by hankaye » Fri Jul 22, 2022 9:09 am

Ray, Howdy;

Once you've met the Man himself and spent some time on the water with him ...
it only raises the humor level by a huge amount, in the best way possible. :lol: :lol: :lol:

However the short paragraph about the other rodent rings true with much more
meaningful implications. Reminds me of ex #1 for some odd reason ... :? , :lol:

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Re: Muskrat Dubbing the easy way

Post by Johnno » Fri Jul 22, 2022 5:34 pm

DUBBN wrote: Thu Jul 21, 2022 2:49 pm

Beaver is different. All beaver should be shaven as close as possible. Its easier and funner to work with.

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Yep…. Agreed 😀
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Re: Muskrat Dubbing the easy way

Post by mooney4 » Sat Sep 17, 2022 3:25 pm

Just came across this topic! I just bought a couple of Muskrat skins and was thinking that i should try and shaving one into different batches of dubbing. I might need to go get an electric groomer now!! Thanks!
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Re: Muskrat Dubbing the easy way

Post by DOUGSDEN » Sun Sep 25, 2022 9:10 pm

Gentlemen,
Pretty humorous exchange above! I like Bill's tutorial about "trimming the rat" but, in some ways I have to agree with Wayne (I think?) about keeping some of it (perhaps the whole skin) in tact in case a Casual Dress or Birds Nest should happen along and need tied!
I have been confirming some orders for this winters rats from my local trappers! They treat me well and will stretch and dry the entire skin for me for a nominal fee! I always welcome a beautiful Muskrat skin into the den! Wonderfully soft and versatile fur for tying!
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