Thanks DU, glad you made it back!! As an update, I had to go through several steps to get the hide validated and prepped for the tanner. I had to go near the tanner's location for work, so I took the hide with me to their facility. They were the nicest people, and let me tour their facility. I got to look through the various colors and finishes available. I finally settled on a brown called "chocolate". It's on the right on the photo. Hell, I might just make a full body suit out of this one and walk around town calling myself gator man.