Glossary of terms used on our web site
A-Sel, A-Exc, A-Ord, A-Cft - grades of leather, for complete descriptions, see our Buckskin Info Page
Baculum - the bone from inside an animal's penis, aka "Mountain Man Toothpick". For pictures of baculum
listed by species, see our Baculum Chart
BB-Sel, BB-Exc, BB-Ord, BB-Cft - grades of leather, for complete descriptions, see our Buckskin Info Page
Cape - the head and shoulders of an animal, the part used to make a mounted head
Cased - hide has not been cut up the belly, but is skinned as a tube, like a sock.
Dressed - Tanned/finished to preserve the skin
Ears turned - ears were turned inside out when the hide was raw so that a taxidermist can turn them back when mounting on a form, so the ears will stand up as in nature.
GH "Greatest Height" - The measurement of the tallest part of a set of antlers
GW "Greatest Width" - The measurement of the widest part of a set of antlers
Life size - a taxidermy mount other than a flat rug, such as a mount on a wall, or a full body mount.
NTB "Nose To Base of tail" - hide is measured from the tip of the nose to where the
tail meets the body
Open - hide has been cut up the belly so it lays flat
Plucked and Sheared - long guard hairs have been plucked out, and
the soft underfur is sheared to a uniform thickness. This makes for a
very soft fur. See our inventory of Plucked and Sheared Beaver.
Rawhide - Hide with hair removed and skin stretched and dried. Used for drums, shields, etc
Raw Furs - Raw furs have not been tanned. Tanning a fur preserves
it for the long term, turning the skin into leather. A raw fur may be salted and/or dried, but may be slightly greasy and generally needs to be further preserved (tanned)
to be used in most craft projects.
Rosette - The gnarled part of the antler that sits against the animals head
Scapula - shoulder blade
Ventral - The front, or "belly" side of the body
WT "Width between Tips" - The measurement between
Zygomatic (arch) - "cheek" bone
UT-Sel, UT-Exc, UT-Ord, UT-Cft - grades of leather, for complete descriptions, see our Buckskin Info Page