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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!
Since I live in the Northern Midwest I thought it prudent to do research in order to try and replicate what indigenous people in my region and farther North wear to keep warm. So I took a class on how to make a pair of this winter-time footwear.
The instructor of the class, Ms. Jo Wood, was very knowledgeable on both how to teach us how to make our own pair (everyone in the class completed their own pair from scratch…even a few who had never sewn before), she is also a master bead-work artist. Be sure to check out her web site cited below, and acknowledgment on the pattern and construction of this design goes to her. The style here will be of tanned moose, elk, or buffalo hide suede or flesh-side out with a canvas legging. This pattern does not represent any traditional pattern or stitching methods of any indigenous peoples, or ethnic group.
Mukluks or Kamik are a soft boot traditionally made of reindeer skin or sealskin and were originally worn by Arctic aboriginal people, including the Inuit and Yupik. .The word "mukluk" is of Yupik origin, from maklak, the bearded seal, while "kamik" is an Inuit word. Inuipiaq language the "u" makes an "oo" sound, and so the spelling "maklak" is used with the same pronunciation.
Mukluks are very practical in dry cold snowy environment because they allow the foot to breath, unlike many contemporary boots that hold perspiration of the foot in and conducts cold to the feet through rubber soles or synthetic materials. The moister from sweaty feet can cause frostbite. The downside is that they allow the foot to get wet in melting and slushy snow…so be warned.
This tutorial will show you how to make a pair of mukluks from a cast and pattern made from your foot. I have tried to make this tutorial as clear as possible. A good working knowledge on how to sew by hand and/or the use of a sewing machine is necessary. Also it is a good idea, before cutting into your hard earned or bought leather to make a mock-pair out of a pillow case or old sheet to be sure you understand the procedure and your pattern fits.
Also, as I mentioned above traditionally mukluks were made of reindeer and/or bearded seal skin, elk, moose, or buffalo. Whitetail buckskin can be used, but you may need to double or triple the leather to replicate the thickness of hide of the other larger animals. Be sure to pick up a copy of my new DVD, How to Make Brain-Tan Buckskin: Dry Scrape Method if you want to create pair all the way from the forest to foot. ;)
Lastly, a good thing to do before you try to construct anything from a tutorial is to read through it thoroughly, and be sure you understand what the procedure is first. Good luck!
Citations: 1). Be sure to check out this master bead-work artists, Ms Jo Wood at www.JoWoodBeads.com 2). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mukluk
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