Otter-Length and Width of Skins
Otter-Length and Width of Skins-What is the length of a large otter skin from tip to tip, and how large should an otter stretching board be; length, width and thickness?
Without an otter skin to measure I cannot tell you exactly how long it would be to be classed large, and then, too, the various dealers would not all have the same standard, but in general I think that a skin measuring four feet from tip to tip and eight inches in width at the base would be called a large one, although they grow larger and skins sometimes measure as much as five and a half feet in length, width in proportion. I gave a comprehensive article on raw furs and I find that the boards I recommend there where described as follows: “as before mentioned, the tail of the otter must be stretched out and tacked fast to the board, and for a large otter a board of five feet, four inches will be needed. The boards should be made of ¾ inch material, beveled to 3/16th inch on the edges, and should have cross strips to keep the pieces from turning.” The boards recommended in this article were of the three-piece variety, and were shown in diagrams. The complete article, with the exception of the part referring to bears and a few other animals, and one illustration of skins, has been reprinted in our book, Fur Farming, and this chapter of the book will give you the most complete and reliable instructions for handling all common furs of any work I know of; also shows diagrams of most of the boards. The diagrams with measurements are also given steel traps.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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