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In this DVD, How to Make Brain-Tan Buckskin : Dry-Scrape Method, will take you through the entire process from a “green” hide to a soft, supple, luxurious, finished product in the method used widely by our Native America brothers and sisters as well as other aboriginal peoples around the world - an ancient technique still used today.
I will show you what pit-falls to avoid, how to lace a frame, and both modern and primitive techniques to help you transform a harvested deer hide to tough durable, suede-like leather ready to be made into many items and accessories such as: skirts and dresses, boots, mittens, cell-phone cases, and more…
You will also find that using the “dry-scrape” method of tanning a hide can be done in an urban outside area with little mess or “ick-factor”, and can even be done indoors!
With this DVD you will learn one of the many ways to make use of the whole animal, thus aiding its ascension of spirit - honoring it in the way of our ancestors many, many years ago.
Approx runtime: 90mins
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[NEW] Fire-by-Friction: The Bow-Drill Method
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Leading anthropologist suggest that our human ancestors began to control fire around 800,000 years ago, most likely with Homo erectus. For early humans fire became the “tool-of-tools”, providing warmth, and light, a way to process food for easy digestion, protection from things that go bump or “growl” in the night, and as the first social –media, AKA “Bush-TV”, the same is true for us in modern times.
What would you do if you were lost or stuck somewhere away from civilization, you and your loved one(s) are cold and anxious, and it soon will be dark - your matches are wet, and/or your lighter fails? Do you know how use what is around you to build a fire, and create warmth and comfort in an emergency situation with no tools?
In this DVD, How to Make Fire by Friction: The Bow-Drill Method, I will show you how to create one of the most reliable ways to start a fire from scratch, using only what Nature provides. This ancient 5000-plus year old tool is one of the easiest methods of primitive fire-making to master, even though it is one of the more complicated in terms of the equipment used.
But don’t worry, I will take you step by step on how to not only construct each of the 5 components of a bow-drill kit from scratch, but the correct way to build a simple Tipi fire, what pit¬-falls to avoid, and even the use of natural cordage or the bow-drill-string from common plants such as Velvet Leaf (Abutilon t.), and Stinging Nettle (Urtica d.).
The time to learn to swim is not when you are drowning. With this DVD you will gain the know-how to practice and master this very important survival skill!
The debris hut is one of the fastest and easiest shelters you can make with no tools or special equipment. The concept in construction is very much like the way some animals, like squirrels, build their homes or nests. Depending upon how well it is constructed it is a very snug, warm and dry shelter good for tempratures ranging from well below -10°F to 90°F even without fire or proper clothing.
It is constructed out of debris found on the forest floor. The debris can be anything from dirt, snow, leaves, pine needles or anything that will trap insulating dead-air space. In fact, more debris = warmth, so you can never pile on too much debris. The debris forms the insulating layer that keeps the heat (your body heat) inside the structure, and so keeps you warm. Actually, the picture above is of a debris hut I made out of pine needles with Phragmite door embelishments.
As a rule where cold and/or wet conditions exits and hypothermia may be a risk, at least 24" of debris covering the top and sides is required.
Debris Hut Insulation Chart Debris Amt. Temp.
36" (approx. 3') down to 30°F
48" (approx. 4') down to 0°F
54" (approx. 5') down to -20°F
66" (approx. 6') down to -40°F
You enter this type of shelter feet first and you may even bring in extra debris to pack around you once inside. Use debris on the floor for as a pad for sleeping and to retain body heat that can be lost by laying on the cold bare ground.
Mark your debris hut so you can find it from the outside easily. The nature of the debris hut is that it blends in perfectly with the surroundings. If someone is trying to find you they will have a hard time seeing your hut.
If you are concerned about creepy-crawlies that live in the debris or may take up residence in your hut simply smudge the inside of your debris hut out with braided sage or a leafy branch for about 15-30mins.
WARNING: Since the Debris Hut is essentially a giant tinder bundle, NEVER build a fire inside your debris hut. Make sure your fire is well away from your hut.
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