Can someone please explain the proper usage of adjustable stretchers? Obviously, since I'm asking this basic question, I am new to fur handling (this has been my first full year). I have been "stretching" my fur with my adjustable stretchers, basically as far as they will stretch without too much force. Ending up with varying widths in my finished fur. Reason I ask is because I read the following...
Quote from FHA website: http://www.furharvesters.com/PDF/pelthandling.pdf
"To start with, we recommend the use of only one size board. The board must be 60" long and 51/4" wide, gently tapered from shoulders to nose. The use of a properly sized board is of great importance for a uniform overall finish. The proper size board for fox will enhance the density of the fur and increase the length of the pelts. A big concern at the auction house is the different widths of the pelts coming to market.
Some fur harvesters use boards as wide as racing paddles. These pelts have been improperly stretched. The buyers do not want pelts in a lot that do not look similar.
I don't have solid stretchers and I like my adjustables pretty well (no belly wedge needed), so my question is in regards to proper use of Adjustable Stretchers. Can I (or should I) make them uniform with adjustable stretchers? Am I doing wrong by 'stretching' the width of the hide?