It's been a decade or so since I installed a skin head and I don't recall if I did so with the rough side of the head on the inside of the rim, or the outside. Is there a preferred way, or is it just a matter of personal choice, or does it really matter?
Edited by - mainejohn on 11/22/2022 12:22:22
The "traditional" way is to install the "grain" side facing up. That is the side that had hair on it (outside). It is a sturdy surface that wears well.
The "flesh" side has a softer surface - with a membrane that might be rough if it wasn't scraped well.
BUT - either way is really fine. I sometimes mount the flesh side facing up on stained heads because the color is often more vibrant.
One more thought. Sometimes it is hard to tell which side is which - especially after the hide is soaked.
If that happens - try this:
Lightly scratch the hide with your finger nail. The softer flesh side will turn white when scratched. The grain side will retain its color.
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