Thanks to your encouragement Terra ... today I skinned a fox! I was ridiculously proud of myself & horrified at the same time. Long story short ... I came across a sick fox this morning & called my neighbour to come up & shoot it. When it was dead, it sort of occurred to me that the gods had been reading the PC forum & had offered me this opportunity to put my money where my mouth is & have a go. Alf (neighbour) assured me it wasn't worth my while ... he was only a little fox & he had a few scars on his hide & he didn't have a really luxurious pelt anyway being the end of winter & all. I thought it over & decided it was better to learn on a fox that it wasn't a great heartbreak if I stuffed it up than wait till I got a beauty & have tears over spilt milk. So I googled "skin fox" & found enough info to have a go. The first bit went really well ... not a scrap of flesh left on the pelt, no nicks, everything good. Then I got to his chest & discovered Alf had shot him from above between his shoulder blades through his heart. (The fox was in a tight spot & we didn't feel like crawling through the tick & leech infested scrub after him if he moved away, so it was that or nothing.) Anyway, the point is that when I got to that bit there was blood under the skin which obscured my ability to see what I was doing & it kinda turned to shit from there. Because I couldn't see very well, I ended up nicking just about every artery the google results said to avoid & it kinda turned into a blood bath. In the end, the shoulders bit of the pelt had so much flesh left on it it was kinda hard to tell if it was a pelt with flesh left on or something you should throw on the barbie with a bit of fur sticking to it! I got a bit disillusioned at this point & decided I wasn't up to attempting the ears, eyes & lips which sounded kinda complicated ... & I was pretty sure I didn't wanna have to cut off his nose ... so I called it a day & was satisfied with finishing the pelt at the base of his skull. It was pretty weird, but nothing like as weird as I thought it would be. I didn't even attempt to get the brains for tanning ... I think that was for next time also. So Terra ... thanks to you ... I've now managed to cross that psychological barrier. All by myself - with a bit of encouragement from you Thank you.