I've been mounting birds for 45 years. Yeah, pretty much old school, but it worked. I'd done a few ducks and other waterfowl here and there, but never really cared to because of all the extra work. But in the two years I've been reading this forum and picking up tips, my interest in waterfowl has really been rejuvinated! A special standing ovation for Dux, the Waterfowler and of course Pete. And all the others who've contributed tips and tricks that have made mounting waterfowl so much easier.
Following Pete's instructions and a little "backyard ingeniuity, I built a fleshing wheel. This single machine has simplified the fleshing process so much that mounting waterfowl is a breeze. The old scrapers, scissors and scalples are in the trash, for the most part. And the hair dryer trick saved a ton of work! (I don't have a tumbler, nor the inclination to build one when the wife's hair dryer is easily "stolen"
Like Pete always says, there's more than one way to skin a cat, but learning all these new methods has been fun and helpful.