by Buckskin Ken
30 Dec 2017, 23:57
Forum: Leather, Hides & Tanning
Topic: Tanning Rabbit Furs
Replies: 1
Views: 82

Tanning Rabbit Furs

So a different buddy has made a couple of connections that will net him a continuous supply of furs and hides. One is a hunter/ trapper needing to clear some stuff out of his freezers. We got 2 bobcats, 2 beaver, 2 otter, 6 deer ..... (all green frozen hides) and a complete frozen grey fox. We know ...
by Buckskin Ken
09 Dec 2017, 04:58
Forum: Edible/Useful Plants and Primitive Cooking
Topic: Anyone know of the Heal All herb?
Replies: 9
Views: 228

Re: Anyone know of the Heal All herb?

The roots should have the highest concentration of the good stuff. I live in NC and our yard is shaded so Prunella is the dominant plant in the spring and most of summer. Even now there is a small green rosette of leaves hugging the ground where each root is.  We use it like purple coneflower as an ...
by Buckskin Ken
08 Dec 2017, 19:12
Forum: Leather, Hides & Tanning
Topic: Eastern Black Bear
Replies: 7
Views: 182

Re: Eastern Black Bear

Tomas, thanks for the link. Like someone suggested in the link, I will be working the paw hides (6 pieces about 1 sq ft each) before tackling the main hides. Also will be cleaning/ harvesting foot bones and skulls before hides. We are getting an early snow right now. It started early this morning. I...
by Buckskin Ken
08 Dec 2017, 05:42
Forum: Leather, Hides & Tanning
Topic: Eastern Black Bear
Replies: 7
Views: 182

Re: Eastern Black Bear

By the way..long time no see....welcome back!~! Quills Yep..... when I logged in, I noticed my last post was in May.  LOL  Life has been hectic but not much paleo since then. I've tanned 5 coyotes this summer but mainly worked on deer rawhide. I guess I have traded about 300 sq ft to several hand d...
by Buckskin Ken
07 Dec 2017, 03:48
Forum: Leather, Hides & Tanning
Topic: Eastern Black Bear
Replies: 7
Views: 182

Eastern Black Bear

Heya.... it has been a busy summer. How has everybody been?  A couple of buddies went bear hunting down east and both came back with a bear. Foolishly, they think I know how to process bear parts, just because I process deer and other furs. LOL  Any insights on any aspects of the processes would be ...
by Buckskin Ken
27 May 2017, 18:08
Forum: Forge & Foundry
Topic: Portable Propane Forge
Replies: 0
Views: 151

Portable Propane Forge

Does anyone have experience using a Majestic Forge? I am considering the 2 burner Knifemaker deluxe. I know using propane isn't very paleo but we need to be able to set up demos at powwows and other events. Any comments or suggestions are appreciated.
by Buckskin Ken
12 Nov 2016, 05:11
Forum: Leather, Hides & Tanning
Topic: Designs for a collapsible and self supporting hide rack?
Replies: 9
Views: 1.3K

<t>I love repurposing stuff. Last summer, while at a powwow, a storm came up and demolished our "pop-up" canopy. Instead of throwing it away, I brought it home thinking I might make some wind chimes out of some of the tubes. When I was preparing to brain a couple of coyotes, I decided that I didn't ...
by Buckskin Ken
24 Oct 2016, 03:39
Forum: Leather, Hides & Tanning
Topic: Neatsfoot oil
Replies: 3
Views: 683

Neatsfoot oil

On alum tawed, braintanned furs, sometimes I will use emulsified neatsfoot oil for final spot softening rather than thawing brains for just a few spots that need a little more attention. My question is this...... has anyone ever used any thing except shaved Ivory soap as your emulsifier?
by Buckskin Ken
10 Oct 2016, 03:55
Forum: Leather, Hides & Tanning
Topic: smoking hides
Replies: 21
Views: 1.9K

<t>I use fishhooks on strings. I have been pulling the string to length needed and securing but I like the clothespin idea. I started out grinding barb off with dremel but soon realized that needlenose pliers would push the barb back flat into the shaft of the hook. My smoker is shown elsewhere on t...
by Buckskin Ken
05 Sep 2016, 02:56
Forum: Hunt/Fish/Trap & Tracking Forum
Topic: Are certain animals unsafe to eat?
Replies: 114
Views: 5.5K

<t>Trichinella spiralis..... this can be found in domestic hogs too..... it's why you should always make sure that pork is well cooked. Nowadays I would be wary of eating the brain of any mammal. Too little is known about the prions that cause Mad cow. I think the first case native to America was a ...
by Buckskin Ken
05 Sep 2016, 02:26
Forum: Leather, Hides & Tanning
Topic: Tanning Trickster's Hide
Replies: 27
Views: 3.1K

<r><QUOTE><s>[quote]</s><B><s>[b]</s>Quillsnkiko wrote:<e>[/b]</e></B><HR>[hr]</HR>Sorry to hear about your Mom Ken....my sympathy's to you & your family. Sounds like if it weren't for bad luck youd have no luck at all...but also sounds like youve got er under control.<br/> <br/> Please post you...
by Buckskin Ken
04 Sep 2016, 03:10
Forum: Leather, Hides & Tanning
Topic: Alcohol/turpentine treatment
Replies: 1
Views: 470

Alcohol/turpentine treatment

<t>Has anyone ever used alcohol/turpentine mix to soak small greasy furs? I have 2 raccoons and a fox frozen, ready to be tanned. I did a fox this way many years ago and it has held up very well as part of my regalia through rain and shine for about 10 years now. That fox was softened with emusified...
by Buckskin Ken
04 Sep 2016, 03:01
Forum: Leather, Hides & Tanning
Topic: Tanning Trickster's Hide
Replies: 27
Views: 3.1K

<r><QUOTE><s>[quote]</s><B><s>[b]</s>Buckskin Ken wrote:<e>[/b]</e></B><HR>[hr]</HR>With all the juggling, the coyotes had to go to back burner. They both finished their time in pickle, were rinsed/neutralized in warm borax solution, hung over line fur side out until fur was dry and flesh was about ...
by Buckskin Ken
03 Sep 2016, 19:13
Forum: Hunt/Fish/Trap & Tracking Forum
Topic: Are certain animals unsafe to eat?
Replies: 114
Views: 5.5K

<r><QUOTE><s>[quote]</s><B><s>[b]</s>Hummingbird Point wrote:<e>[/b]</e></B><HR>[hr]</HR>Generally speaking they are safe to eat raw, but better cooked and best "hidden" in another dish.<br/> <br/> Some years ago I was doing "wilderness survival" with some Boy Scouts.  We were camped on a peninsula ...
by Buckskin Ken
03 Sep 2016, 04:59
Forum: Hunt/Fish/Trap & Tracking Forum
Topic: Are certain animals unsafe to eat?
Replies: 114
Views: 5.5K

<t>Growing up "dirt poor" on the family farm in piedmont NC, we found our protein wherever we could. We didn't eat many predators.... the meat of meateaters has a stronger taste that we didn't like. My family also didn't like possum but if my brother and I caught one in a rabbit gum, we could take i...
by Buckskin Ken
03 Sep 2016, 04:39
Forum: Hunt/Fish/Trap & Tracking Forum
Topic: Are certain animals unsafe to eat?
Replies: 114
Views: 5.5K

<t>Panda, being new, you may not know that Quills will not tolerate humor. LOL  I thought your joke was brilliant on multiple levels.  It meets your criteria of instant kill and no suffering. The idea that you would have easy access to an RPG in UK..... yes, I would like to buy a rifle.... nope....s...
by Buckskin Ken
17 Oct 2015, 04:05
Forum: Leather, Hides & Tanning
Topic: First Time Tanning / Buckskin
Replies: 2
Views: 391

<t>First you could try rewetting it and scraping the grain side several more times. Under the best of conditions, I will scrape the grain side at least 3 times. My thought is the more times you work it on the beam, the softer it will be. Besides getting off the grain and membranes, the scraping is s...
by Buckskin Ken
05 Oct 2015, 01:48
Forum: Archaeology/Anthropology Forum
Topic: Archaeological Fraud
Replies: 5
Views: 1.1K

Sometimes fraudulent artifacts can be just as fascinating even after they are known to be frauds..... the Eccentrics being a case in point (pun intended;-)
by Buckskin Ken
07 Aug 2015, 04:28
Forum: General Primitive Skills Discussion
Topic: A awesome encounter today....
Replies: 14
Views: 1.0K

<t>Since I wear a 39" rattlesnake skin as a trailer and the rattle on my choker, you might say I have a special affinity for snakes. I have never felt afraid of snakes but rather a kinship with them. <br/> <br/> Anyhow, I was compelled to log-in and comment. I can't say it better than Forager just s...
by Buckskin Ken
31 Jul 2015, 16:06
Forum: Edible/Useful Plants and Primitive Cooking
Topic: Medicinals for Migraines and High Blood Pressure
Replies: 11
Views: 1.2K

<t>We discovered that my wife's main trigger was MSG. (also bright light, loud high pitched noises and the other usual triggers) Her migraines were so bad that she was on every type of pill and shot they prescribe. When her doctor added ergotimine (side effect:death-like coma) we refused. In our res...