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Cutting Dried Animal Hides
By Henry Hoffman, Oregon

If you've ever tried cutting a dried animal hide into smaller pieces with a knife or razor blade, you have probably had some difficulties, especially with the thick ones like elk.

I've recently found that a hacksaw works really well for this. Saw from the skin side and saw in the direction of the hair. If you want to go across the grain, slant the saw to match the angle of the hair. ~ HH

Credits: This tip is one of many by Henry Hoffman in the new book, Northwest fly patterns & tying guide, by the Rainland Fly Casters, published by Frank Amato Publications.

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