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Monday, 17 May 2010

skinning a squirrel for a pouch..

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10 comments:

Le Loup said...

I would imagine that one could do the same with a possum.
Good one.

grimbo said...

apparently the old trappers etc,used whole beavers,just hanging of the belt and used this as their pipe bags..

Le Loup said...

I did not know about the whole beaver skin, but I did read that the Indians used whole animal pelts for pipe bags, which was also their fire bag. I believe they called it a Skipatogan.

grimbo said...

i saw an article on primative living discussing this.the debate was how it was tanned as the animal was cased skinned and not slit,it seems alot of the tanning may not penetrate the creases etc,and smoking it could prove difficuilt..

Le Loup said...

I would not have thought that brain tanning would be a problem, but I don't know about the smoking.

grimbo said...

who knows?the old timers did it well enough..

Le Loup said...

That's right, it certainly was done. I would think at most a little more effort in rubbing in the brain mixture and perhaps turning and checking in the smoking process. Makes me want to get out there and make one!

grimbo said...

i think you should,after all you said you havent worked any pelts for a while,and practice makes perfect,what would you use it for any idea?

Le Loup said...

No, I have all the pouches I need. Besides squirrels are in short supply here, a bit like hen's teeth, and possums are protected. No beavers either.
I heard somewhere that they, whoever they are(?), were thinking of reintroducing extinct animals back into the English countryside, including beavers.

grimbo said...

not sure keith,there was talk of reintoducing wolves to scotland..i laughed at that one..

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