It’s funny that the word weasel is derogatory, because look at this beautiful little creature (found on the road by my friend Brendan). A few weeks ago I skinned him, plus a beautiful fox with bushy tail, stretched and salted the hides, and a week later sent them off to Bucks County Fur in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, to be tanned. They’ll come back via UPS in about 2 months, soft and pliable.
I now have 3 bobcats, 3 foxes, a bunch of squirrels, 2-3 raccoons, 2 weasels, and 2 skunks, one dappled deer (faun) skin. Maybe time for a coat.
What strikes me is that these beautiful furs are obtainable anywhere in the country and mostly going to waste. I remember when I found a still-warm bobcat on the road at 6AM a few years ago. It was just stunning. The big paws! The soft fleecy white fur of the belly! No way was I not going to pick it up. Plus there are the skulls to render, which are fascinating.