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.
Please check out the Fly Tying Section, on the Bulletin Board, here at FAOL too.
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