Now the hide is ready for the fleshing beam. Everyone’s fleshing beams will be a little different to suit individual needs and heights. My bear beam is just an 8-inch spruce long split in half, sanded smooth, and coming to somewhat of a point. On the beam, I start by finishing the head. I flesh the lips, then work the flesh back from the nose down the body. I use an ulu on the head, and it works great for me, but it can be done with a knife as well. You want to remove the meat, fat, and thick scar tissue from the hide, rolling it back in one continuous piece. Be sure to go around all the edges of the hide with an ulu or similar blade. It’s very important to flesh the edges of the hide. It is tedious, and time consuming, but if you don’t get the edges clean, they will likely slip. I work my way all around the edged, fleshing the legs as well, so I am left with one big mass of flesh in the middle of the bear.