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#1147565 - 01/24/09 03:44 PM Adjustable Stretchers - ideal usage
hughesj23 Offline
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Registered: 07/19/08
Loc: texas
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?

Thanks.

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#1147602 - 01/24/09 04:05 PM Re: Adjustable Stretchers - ideal usage [Re: hughesj23]
yoteskinner Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Hillsdale, IN
When you put up your fox, make sure that you only spread the board to 5 1/4" so that they all remain uniforn width.
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#1147882 - 01/24/09 06:29 PM Re: Adjustable Stretchers - ideal usage [Re: yoteskinner]
JTM Offline
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Registered: 12/20/08
Loc: Utah/Wyoming
I will be following this one, because I have just went to solid boards from adjustable boards. It seems that the 5 1/4 boards are great for a small fox but, just don't seem to fit a large fox. The large fox are way to bunched up on the smaller boards. Grawes has boards for sale that are not furharvesters dimensions, but I think for a Utah fox those would be perfect.
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#1149932 - 01/25/09 05:45 PM Re: Adjustable Stretchers - ideal usage [Re: TexA 68 & going]
4488 Offline
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Registered: 01/09/08
Loc: Indiana
Adjustable stretchers are wonderful in the wood stove. Give a guy a wooden stretcher and you have an instant engineer.

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#1150525 - 01/25/09 09:01 PM Re: Adjustable Stretchers - ideal usage [Re: hughesj23]
hughesj23 Offline
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Registered: 07/19/08
Loc: texas
Thanks for the replies. I will mark my adjustables and try to keep the stretch more uniform.

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#1150562 - 01/25/09 09:12 PM Re: Adjustable Stretchers - ideal usage [Re: hughesj23]
trapperkeck Offline
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Registered: 11/12/07
Loc: Crofton, NE
Not to thieve your thread, but I just ordered 6 adjustable stretchers for cats. The problem with cats is that you get so much variation in size. I have a few solid cat boards, yet it seems that every cat I have finished did not fit on the boards properly. What are your recommendations for putting cats on adjustable boards? I have no problem with other critters. I have two sizes of fox boards and three sizes for coon boards (only use 2) and two sizes for yotes and of course two sizes for mink.
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#1151166 - 01/26/09 07:48 AM Re: Adjustable Stretchers - ideal usage [Re: trapperkeck]
hughesj23 Offline
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Registered: 07/19/08
Loc: texas
Originally Posted By: trapperkeck
Not to thieve your thread, but I just ordered 6 adjustable stretchers for cats. The problem with cats is that you get so much variation in size. I have a few solid cat boards, yet it seems that every cat I have finished did not fit on the boards properly. What are your recommendations for putting cats on adjustable boards? I have no problem with other critters. I have two sizes of fox boards and three sizes for coon boards (only use 2) and two sizes for yotes and of course two sizes for mink.


trapperkeck: I wish I knew. I have the same situation with my bobcats. I marked my adjustables to FHA specs, but some of my cats "sag". Makes me want to stretch them more. Not sure if I need to.

BTT

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#1151740 - 01/26/09 01:56 PM Re: Adjustable Stretchers - ideal usage [Re: hughesj23]
trapperkeck Offline
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Registered: 11/12/07
Loc: Crofton, NE
BobCatching, Lynxie, anyone??
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#1151782 - 01/26/09 02:13 PM Re: Adjustable Stretchers - ideal usage [Re: trapperkeck]
trapperkeck Offline
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Registered: 11/12/07
Loc: Crofton, NE
OK, out of 296 peeks, nobody knows how to put a cat on an adjustable stretcher. That is just unbelievable????
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#1151916 - 01/26/09 03:17 PM Re: Adjustable Stretchers - ideal usage [Re: trapperkeck]
Dale Torma Offline
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Registered: 02/02/07
Loc: Northern MN
Adjust to the width preferred by the auction house and use them for the ability to easily remove fur without wedges etc.

I have adjustables made by sudden valley that I use for coyote, otter, fox and male fisher. I stretch each to the appropriate width and have got top lot grades for many of my furs. My adjustables have a wire head section (kind of like a heavy 'rat stretcher) and the body is 2 piece wood, so I can tweak the head shape if I like.

I use a mink board to stretch the tails and make special tapered boards to stretch the legs if appropriate.

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#1169508 - 02/03/09 04:31 PM Re: Adjustable Stretchers - ideal usage [Re: hughesj23]
hughesj23 Offline
trapper

Registered: 07/19/08
Loc: texas
btt to ask...

I provided a link to FHA's recommended board sizes above. I was not able to find the same for NAFA.
Does anyone know where a guy can locate NAFA's recommended board sizes by animal?

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#1169517 - 02/03/09 04:35 PM Re: Adjustable Stretchers - ideal usage [Re: hughesj23]
grumpyoldman Offline
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Registered: 04/20/08
Loc: Montana
The trick is to catch them that are all the same size
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#1169714 - 02/03/09 06:09 PM Re: Adjustable Stretchers - ideal usage [Re: grumpyoldman]
4488 Offline
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Registered: 01/09/08
Loc: Indiana
Other than for cats and fox the best way to use adjustable wood stretchers is to stoke up the fire in the fur house. Terry

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#1169792 - 02/03/09 06:42 PM Re: Adjustable Stretchers - ideal usage [Re: 4488]
David Underwood Online   content
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Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Peachland NC
I make my own. One size does not
fit all cats. So, I pull them long
as needed, then spread to get out
slack. Some won't be tight on a
#5 wire strecher. Pull them long
as you like, still need spreading
sometimes.
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#1169980 - 02/03/09 07:34 PM Re: Adjustable Stretchers - ideal usage [Re: David Underwood]
Billy303 Offline
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Registered: 03/14/08
Loc: George Co. Mississippi
David... That Cypress?
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#1170931 - 02/04/09 10:54 AM Re: Adjustable Stretchers - ideal usage [Re: TexA 68 & going]
David Underwood Online   content
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Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Peachland NC
Billy, those are yellow pine.
I use cypress when I can get it.
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