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Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Anyone send sheepskins by post for turning into rugs?
« on: September 13, 2014, 11:52:19 am »
I want to send 3 lamb skins off in Oct. I know I need to salt them first and that they need packing in several layers, very carefully, and that they need to be correctly labeled.
I just wondered if people use parcel force or one of the other delivery agents.
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Anyone send sheepskins by post for turning into rugs?
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2014, 12:22:49 pm »
I haven't sent any off for a while, but when I did it was by parcel force - doesn't have to be though, there are lots of carriers these days.  Just be sure the skins are well salted til they're dry, and packed with fresh salt for the journey, so they don't leak  :tired:
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Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Anyone send sheepskins by post for turning into rugs?
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2014, 01:58:31 pm »
Thanks Fleecewife. I will probably have to do some more research on the cheapest option.
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Daisys Mum

  • Joined May 2009
  • Scottish Borders
Re: Anyone send sheepskins by post for turning into rugs?
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2014, 02:23:45 pm »
Try myHermes they seem to be pretty good!
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Foobar

  • Joined Mar 2012
  • South Wales
Re: Anyone send sheepskins by post for turning into rugs?
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2014, 03:51:54 pm »
The only "problem" is that animal by-products are not on most carriers approved items lists.   I usually just say that the contents are rugs or wool. ;)
City Link, myHermes etc all very good - shop around for the best price though.

devonlady

  • Joined Aug 2014
Re: Anyone send sheepskins by post for turning into rugs?
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2014, 05:42:27 pm »
Ask at your abattoir if they will send the skins off. Mine do.

Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Anyone send sheepskins by post for turning into rugs?
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2014, 08:07:29 pm »
Ask at your abattoir if they will send the skins off. Mine do.
All the skins at my abattoir go to China. I would like mine a bit nearer home  ;D
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Bramblecot

  • Joined Jul 2008
Re: Anyone send sheepskins by post for turning into rugs?
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2014, 11:49:43 am »
Bionic,

Are you sending them to Devonia?  Mine went last week, turnaround 20 weeks.

Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: Anyone send sheepskins by post for turning into rugs?
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2014, 02:22:00 pm »
Yep, they are going to Devonia. I have Nikki's list of things to do. She said they should be ok so long as they are 'done' before mid Oct.
I am prepared for a long wait  :(
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devonlady

  • Joined Aug 2014
Re: Anyone send sheepskins by post for turning into rugs?
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2014, 08:49:39 am »
Has anyone done their own sheepskins? I believe you can get all the stuff on-line to do them.

lesbri

  • Joined Apr 2013
Re: Anyone send sheepskins by post for turning into rugs?
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2014, 09:14:37 am »
Yes I did three last year. Kit was from Snowdonia Supplies and was quite straightforward to do but I did find the skins werent so supple as the one I sent off to the tannery to do. Im not sure whether that was down to me not working it enough at the crucial stage or if it was because I was doing it by hand rather than through a machine. But they were perfectly fine to use as rugs which was what I wanted, probably not supple enough for clothing etc. It was much cheaper than sending them off to the tannery though!   :thumbsup:

bekka@dh

  • Joined Jun 2014
  • Cumbria
Re: Anyone send sheepskins by post for turning into rugs?
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2014, 02:27:44 pm »
Lesbri, did you use the brush on kit? I was hoping to find someone who had - any recommendations?

lesbri

  • Joined Apr 2013
Re: Anyone send sheepskins by post for turning into rugs?
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2014, 06:39:53 pm »
Yes, the brush on kit.

 

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