beretta24 wrote:If you're just starting I would just use a bucket for the sawdust. A little light tossing in the sawdust and then blow the bird feathers dry. You can get a blower for $150, it takes up very little space and you can dry a bird in 10 min or so.
Ok, I know this is an old post, but it seemed like a good place to start and ask questions. So far, I'm not a tumbler, though I did take a class in tumbling and gymnastics almost fifty years ago in college. Didn't doo too well there either. Anyway, I've found myself in a bit of a predicament. I have ten or twelve birds to mount for some friends. I've skinned them, fleshed them, degreased them and rinsed them and frozen them in blocks of ice. I have the manikins on hand as well as all the other necessary materials. My problem is drying the birds. Usually, I use a hair dryer, but this process can take an hour or more. I've been threatening to build a tumbler and am gathering information, but right now, I don't have everything available to build it. So, after reading this and other threads here (best source of information I've found, by the way) I figured I'd try some "manual tumbling". I have a couple of five gallon pails and one that's a bit larger, maybe close to ten gallons. The shop is loaded with sawdust, so I figured I'd give that a try.
My question is this. given the materials I have on hand (buckets and sawdust), what's the process? I realize that I should blot and dry the bird as much as possible, then what? Do I drop the bird in the sawdust and start rolling it around? How long does it take?
I'm a little concerned because the birds are for friends. If they were my own, I'd jump right in and experiment, but I really don't have that luxury at this point. I can always just use the compressed air, reversed vacuum and hair dryer, but I'm trying to condense the cycle.
Thanks for any help.