Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take?

Generally the process takes about three weeks from beginning to end but it depends on how busy we are at that time, as we are heading into peak season we have a waiting period of about 6-12 months.

Must I bring the skin in dry or wet?

I have been taking in wet skins and putting them back in salt but I prefer them dry as I have had a few bad experiences with customers.

Can I freeze the skin?

A lot of people bring in frozen unsalted skins and I salt them and they have turned out great but it`s not advisable as its not guaranteed.

Will the hair come out after it is tanned?

If the skin is on the floor then yes it will start losing hair only after 2-3 years of constant traffic on it but otherwise no they dont lose hair.

Can I wash my skin after it is tanned?

No, rather brush the dirt off. If its really dirty then just wash the affected area with some mild detergent and then rinse and leave to dry in the sun making sure the skin is flat.

How much salt must I put on the skin if I`m salting it?

The suggested amount is 1kg salt to 1kg of skin weight.

How soon after the animal dies must I salt the skin?

It`s imperative to salt it immediately – but definitely within 5-6 hours, or in other words before the body is cold. Making sure that all the blood has been washed off and any extra meat or fat has been cut off before salting.

Why do Kudu lose hair so easily?

All spiral horned animals such as bushbuck, nyala, kudu and eland are all very prone to hair loss.

Do I have to pay for the tanning if the skin has hair loss?

No, you dont unless you instruct us to carry on with it. But we require a non refundable deposit for each that is brought for tanning.

What is hair loss caused by?

As soon as the animal dies the body starts decomposing and the hair follicles are one of the first to degenerate and that causes the hair loss. For this reason skins should  be salted immediately.