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- Pay the $50 deposit for Custom Tanning in the store or in person
- Slaughter your animal, and salt the skin as per instructions below
- Deliver or ship the skin to the address given to you in your deposit receipt, with your order number
- It will take 3 weeks or more to process your skin
- Full payment will be due, then the skin will be packaged and shipped to you as any other Dinsmoor Sheepskin once paid in full. Your deposit covers return shipping.
This page specifically mentions sheepskins, but these instructions can generally be applied to other animal types as well.
The general condition of the hide, climate conditions or experience of the hunter, farmer or butcher, among other factors determine the outcome of processing. The quality of the raw pelt directly determines the quality of the finished sheepskin. Dinsmoor Sheepskins LLC assumes no responsibility, guarantee or liability to the results of any skin received for tanning. This means that if there is excessive wool loss or damage beyond our control, we are not liable in any way. We reserve the right to deny the processing of your skins if they fail to meet our minimum processing criteria including, but not limited to:
- Extremely long fleece (5″ maximum)
- Extremely matted or felted fleece
- Oversize pelts
- Extremely filthy pelts*
- Large holes in the middle of the skin
- Excessive thinness of the skin
- Improperly preserved skins
If they fail to meet one or more of these criteria, you’ll be asked if you wish them returned, in which you must provide for return shipping or pickup. If we do not hear from you within 48 hours of notification, the pelt(s) in question will be destroyed.
Dinsmoor Sheepskins LLC encourages you to follow the preservation techniques on this page, as it is our goal to return to you a beautiful sheepskin. All skins to be processed must be submitted with a $50 nonrefundable deposit, each. This is to cover the costs of inspection and initial processing in the case of a pelt that was deemed unsuitable for further processing.
Preservation Instructions for delivery or shipment
During skinning, be careful not to nick the dermis. Once the skin is removed, drape it over a nonmetallic item such as a wooden chair or bench, NOT the ground. Within an hour of skinning, spread the skin out on a clean and flat surface away from weather, skin side up. Remove any excess meat and fat with a sharp knife, as this will cause defects if left on. Cover all of the skin with a 1/2″ layer of granulated sodium chloride salt, and let sit until the salt is saturated with fluid. Scrape off the saturated salt and apply fresh salt. Repeat the previous salting and scraping instructions until the salt no longer saturates with moisture. Generally this process will take a couple weeks. The skins should be completely dry to the touch at this point, on both the skin and fleece. Shake off the excess salt and keep them from getting wet and they are ready to be delivered or shipped.
Optionally to decrease the chances of bacterial or fungal growth, you may decide to spray the skins with a fungicide/bactericide before salting. It is up to you to determine if you wish to do this, but if you have this extra step available, we would recommend it. It’s up to you to determine if your product is suitable for this use.
Generally the pricing of a custom tanned sheepskin will closely match the store price of a similar pelt, unless there are surcharges applied, such as for filthy or extremely bloody pelts.
What you receive
A quality Dinsmoor Sheepskin.
Refer to the care instructions included with your sheepskin.
There is no guarantee that any washable sheepskin will be identical in quality after being washed. Issues such as shrinking and hardening are unavoidable characteristics of any leather or wool based product, and a Dinsmoor sheepskin is no exception. To be washable means that as a tanned product, the skin will not go rancid as a raw skin would if washed after drying.
Other animal types accepted
Animals not accepted
Some animals are too difficult to process, or they pose a risk to the rest of our inventory because of their greasiness, or other characteristic which makes them unsuitable for processing.
- Any animal larger than a domestic sheep
- Snakes or other reptiles
- Fish or other sea life
- Birds or other avian
- Any other exotic animal not listed