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#4147993 - 12/01/13 09:54 PM Re: Frost scraped beaver. [Re: Boco]
Magnum21 Offline
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Registered: 11/09/08
Loc: Furport, Wa.
Very nice product Boco.
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#4148010 - 12/01/13 10:10 PM Re: Frost scraped beaver. [Re: Boco]
beaverpeeler Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: Oregon
I do it the same way exactly as you describe ....except mine aren't frosted. They also turn out clean as a whistle.
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#4148067 - 12/01/13 10:50 PM Re: Frost scraped beaver. [Re: Boco]
Boco Offline
trapper

Registered: 08/08/11
Loc: james bay frontierOnt.
You can get them clean all right but the only way to thin the leather uniformly is frost scraping.


Edited by Boco (12/01/13 11:12 PM)

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#4148077 - 12/01/13 11:00 PM Re: Frost scraped beaver. [Re: Boco]
WST Offline
trapper

Registered: 04/02/08
Loc: Eastern Oregon
Is there an advantage to thinning the leather?

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#4148088 - 12/01/13 11:11 PM Re: Frost scraped beaver. [Re: Boco]
Boco Offline
trapper

Registered: 08/08/11
Loc: james bay frontierOnt.
Of course.Beaver have thick leather around the cheeks and shoulders and sometimes on the rump,especially fall beaver.If not thinned down it takes these areas a long time to dry and that is why you hear of mould problems etc.Most good fur handlers will thin these areas down with a knife when on the board so there are no drying problems.Frost scraping thins these areas uniformly and leaves the pelt grease free allowing it to dry as quick as overnight at low temps allowing for a supple leather that is not boardy or crinkly,and especially not grease burnt.

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#4148095 - 12/01/13 11:16 PM Re: Frost scraped beaver. [Re: Boco]
Mitch L Offline
trapper

Registered: 08/02/13
Loc: Iowa
This is great! I'm emailing this thread to myself... But imo it should be archived! Thank you for sharing!

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#4148114 - 12/02/13 12:09 AM Re: Frost scraped beaver. [Re: Boco]
woodsman324 Offline
trapper

Registered: 06/15/09
Loc: East River SD
Good stuff Boco, thanks for taking the time to post this.
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#4148135 - 12/02/13 01:24 AM Re: Frost scraped beaver. [Re: Boco]
tmrschessie Offline



Registered: 12/23/06
Loc: South Central Nebraska age 64
Very nice how to post...what type of scraper is that your using? It looks like it adjusts the depth of the blade? Tom

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#4148137 - 12/02/13 01:41 AM Re: Frost scraped beaver. [Re: Boco]
On a Call Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/23/10
Loc: S/E Mich - N/W Ohio
I to am glad you posted this.

So what brand of scaper are you using ? Or...does it not matter ?

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#4148239 - 12/02/13 06:56 AM Re: Frost scraped beaver. [Re: Boco]
Fairchild #17 Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/27/06
Loc: Millville, Pennsylvania
I would love to see a video of this method.

Is that an MB Crunch Proof Swivel on your dog's chain? LOL
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#4148254 - 12/02/13 07:11 AM Re: Frost scraped beaver. [Re: Boco]
Boco Offline
trapper

Registered: 08/08/11
Loc: james bay frontierOnt.
The scraper is just a cheap replaceable blade paint scraper,that is easy to sharpen with a file.
Yes Fairchild 17 it is,lol.

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#4148258 - 12/02/13 07:17 AM Re: Frost scraped beaver. [Re: The Beav]
Andy n Dutch Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/11/13
Loc: Suffolk, Va
Originally Posted By: The Beav
I would think a coon would be way to greasy.

Besides It only takes 3 min to flesh a coon the regular way.


Must be nice to have that much time leftover! I'll get there one day.

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#4148267 - 12/02/13 07:30 AM Re: Frost scraped beaver. [Re: Boco]
bunkerhillred Offline
trapper

Registered: 04/05/10
Loc: Southern Adirondacks,New York
This seems to answer my question of quicker beaver fleshing. I too would like to see a video of this!!
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#4148276 - 12/02/13 07:44 AM Re: Frost scraped beaver. [Re: Boco]
Boco Offline
trapper

Registered: 08/08/11
Loc: james bay frontierOnt.
I advise you guys that have the climatic conditions to give it a try.The only real requirements are a scraper that can easily be touched up with a file(make sure you round off the corners with a file or grinder-very important),and cold enough conditions.If it is not cold enough your scraper will gum up with the fat,and this will slow you down and cause the scraper to chatter.It only works when at least minus 20c or colder.
If anyone wants to try it,just PM me with any questions and I can walk you thru it.It is really very easy and straightforward.
Until you get the hang of it just start with one pelt.Beaver is the easiest to learn the technique on.
On smaller beaver just scrape the back,shoulders,head and rump.The flanks and belly is thin and can easily be cleaned up with the same scraper after boarding.


Edited by Boco (12/02/13 07:48 AM)

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#4148284 - 12/02/13 07:51 AM Re: Frost scraped beaver. [Re: Boco]
On a Call Offline
trapper

Registered: 01/23/10
Loc: S/E Mich - N/W Ohio
Well that is cold but we hit is a few times a year, at night.

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#4148363 - 12/02/13 08:49 AM Re: Frost scraped beaver. [Re: Boco]
madtrapper Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/26/06
Loc: Ely, Minnesota, coolest small ...
I do some frost scraping of beaver and otter to do the final touch up. I don't like to freeze them overnight or longer, they can dry real white and I hear the graders don't like them that way. When it's 20 below or more you can freeze them hard enough to scrape them in about 1t5 minutes. I use it mainly for the tougher gristle areas, like the neck gristle on otter and coon.
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#4167361 - 12/10/13 07:34 PM Re: Frost scraped beaver. [Re: Boco]
trapper les Online   content
trapper

Registered: 03/06/11
Loc: williams,mn
Here is one of the 10 I did today,
Ive did 14 in the last 3 days,and if it stays cold like this...-20 for a while more-I get another dozen done.These look better than any Ive ever done.

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#4167440 - 12/10/13 08:01 PM Re: Frost scraped beaver. [Re: Boco]
Boco Offline
trapper

Registered: 08/08/11
Loc: james bay frontierOnt.
Very nice job Les.It's a real worksaver and the great finish is a bonus.
You should get some beaver patterns for your boards.

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#4167515 - 12/10/13 08:20 PM Re: Frost scraped beaver. [Re: Boco]
trapper les Online   content
trapper

Registered: 03/06/11
Loc: williams,mn
I have a pattern somewhere,how much does it matter?

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#4167556 - 12/10/13 08:28 PM Re: Frost scraped beaver. [Re: Boco]
Akmike84 Offline
trapper

Registered: 11/17/09
Loc: Alaska
Great looking beaver, amazing how clean it gets them. I also agree that some patterns would be a good idea. I'll let Boco answer on how much it matters, but I know that if you shape them with the size patterns you will consistently come out larger Length times Width. That seems to be the most important part of the pattern to me is uniformly shaped makes them larger when measured. Plus it just looks nice smile. Again great job on fleshing and I've got my first three on boards right now waiting for them to freeze and try this frost scraping.
Mike

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