Typically, fleshing beams are made of wood, preferably hardwood, shaped and sanded to fit the user’s needs. The issue I have found (primarily when fleshing furbearers) is that imperfections in the wood are very difficult to eliminate, and even if perfect, the texture and sponginess of the wood cause some difficulty in smooth and uniform scraping. My buddy Garrett turned me onto PVC several years ago when he demonstrated his new fleshing beam on river otters from Afognak Island. The beam, made from a section of PVC pipe, was much smoother and harder than wood, and made fleshing much easier than with the wood beam I was using at the time. Using a draw-style fleshing knife (I use a Necker 600), the flesh seemed to roll off with much less work, and resulted in a much more uniformly fleshed hide. I quickly made one for myself, and couldn’t believe how much easier it made my life. I was able to flesh everything from foxes to wolves and wolverines in half the time.