Here is a demo of how to build a winter snow shelter and fix a cup of hot tea.
Working with rawhide
Here at Absaroka Tannery, we produce rawhide which is created using organic materials. Elk, deer, antelope, moose and beef hides are hand scraped to remove the hair, we then neutralize in food grade white vinegar so there are no harmful chemicals to deal with. Continue reading Working with Rawhide
The purpose of curing a raw skin is to take away the environment for bacteria and provide a means of storage prior to tanning. Many hides are ruined from poor handling before tanning could ever take place. The moment the animal quits breathing, oxygen is no longer being carried to the cells of the body. Decomposition begins immediately. You have to slow this natural process. Continue reading Preparing hides for tanning
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Here is a video showing how Joe Brandl builds a Ti Pi for the Old Jackson Hole Museum:
Here is a media report on Absaroka Western Designs:
Using an Apache style spinner, this shows an easy way to make very strong cordage.
Using bits of willow, Joe shows how to make twisted cordage out of grasses more easily.
Joe starts with a basic fire steel and goes on to show many ways to start a fire.
Here’s a neat container for matches and some tips on firestarting.
See how to purify water or clean out a wound safely.
You can use steel wool to help start a good fire, even using your flashlight batteries!