Fur Dresser

Tan and dress pelts to improve luster and beauty.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $50,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Fur Dressers do?

Tans and dresses pelts to improve luster and beauty or restore natural appearance of pelts: Prepares tanning and washing solutions according to formulas and places pelts in vats or revolving drums containing solution to clean, soften, and preserve pelts. Removes long coarse hair from pelts and evens length of underlying fur, using beaming knife and shaving knife [FUR PLUCKER]. Removes particles of flesh and at from pelts and skins, using hand and powered knives determined by thickness and weight of pelt. Examines skins to detect defects, such as spaces, improper scraping, and tears. Records defect and sorts furs according to grade. May oil and clip pelts.


Should I be a Fur Dresser?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Bobbin Drier, Can Dryer, Decatizer, Dewer, Doubler, Douper, Draw String Knotter, Drop Wirer, Drum Printer See More

    How to become a Fur Dresser

    Fur Dressers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Fur Dresser-related education!
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