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Tan Your Hide!: Home Tanning Leathers and Furs
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Deerskins into Buckskins: How to Tan With Natural Materials: A Field Guide for Hunters and Gatherers
by Matt Richards

All kinds of people enjoy making and wearing their own buckskin. and so can you, with this easy to use guide. Over 130 photos and illustrations brig you step by step from raw skin to velvety soft buckskin, and then show you how to create beautiful garments and useful goods. This book teaches tanning as a natural process, no chemicals are needed!
bulletPaperback: 160 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.44 x 8.18 x 6.02
bulletPublisher: Backcountry Pub; (November 1997)
bulletISBN: 096586720X

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Tan Your Hide!: Home Tanning Leathers and Furs
by Phyllis Hobson

In Tan Your Hide!, Phyllis Hobson explains just what you need to tan your own leather and fur, and all the steps involved in doing it right.  The end result is a handsome and durable article that will last for years.
bulletPaperback: 144 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.42 x 8.98 x 5.99
bulletPublisher: Storey Books; (October 1989)
bulletISBN: 0882661019

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Indian Handcrafts, Revised Edition (Illustrated living history)
by C. Keith Wilbur

Book Description
For thousands of years the Indians of the Northeast lived by their wits, fabricating the articles needed for daily life from materials they found in nature. Now you can reproduce these authentic objects by following the clear, step-by-step instructions in this richly illustrated book.

Indian Handcrafts explains how each object evolved, how it was used, and what tools and materials you need to re-create it. C. Keith Wilbur carefully researched the methods described and actually made and tested each of the handcrafts. All the necessary supplies, he says, can be found free of charge, in the great outdoors - just as the Indians did!

You can learn how to shape a duck decoy from dried cat-o-nine tails, bend and lash green saplings to form a wigwam frame, use porcupine quills to apply natural dyes to your handmade moccasins, build a rubbing stick so you can start campfires "from scratch" and much more. This intriguing book preserves authentic Indian handcraft methods and serves as an enduring tribute to Native American ingenuity and craftsmanship.

bulletPaperback: 144 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.43 x 10.83 x 8.40
bulletPublisher: Globe Pequot Pr; 2 edition (January 1, 2001)
bulletISBN: 0762706619

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Traditional Indian Bead and Leather Crafts (Traditional Indian Crafts Series)
by Monte Smith, Michele Van Sickle, Ronald Ted Smith, Montejon Smith

Book Description
This useful book contains complete illustrated instructions on all of the basics of Beadwork and Leather crafts of the American Indian and the early frontier. It is the second in a series on Traditional Indian Crafts and was written in answer to numerous requests for a "how to do it" book that would not only cover the basics of the traditional crafts of the American Indian, but would also present illustrated step-by-step instructions on how to do those crafts. The book has two objectives: To provide a clear, concise guide to the person who simply wants to make a nice attractive pouch or bag and to serve as a "primer" on the basics of traditional beadwork and leathercrafts of Native Americans for the craftsperson who wants to understand the techniques involved and, thereby, be able to construct other items using them.

Each project was written independent of all the others and will allow you to make any one item without reading the total book. Projects described include Leather Pouch, Strike-A-Lite Pouch, Knife Sheath, Beaded Sioux Pouch, Scissors Pouch, Beaded Crow Pouch, Fringed Pouch, Beaded Awl Case, Quilled Pipe Bag, Fringed Possibles Bag, Fringed Mirror Pouch, and Gage d'More Pouch.

In addition, craft techniques described include all the basics of working with and sewing leather, beading techniques such as edging, the lazy stitch, running stitch, "crow" stitch, spot stitch (for making rosettes), and return stitch, and the preparation and use of porcupine quills for quill wrapping. All of the pouches, bags and containers described may also be made without adornment if the craftsperson so chooses.

This book is designed so that even the beginning craftsman can create authentic Indian and frontier crafts with ease and learn the basic techniques while doing so! 137 illustrations; 15 B&W photographs, 4 pages in full color; index.

bulletPaperback: ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.31 x 11.03 x 8.49
bulletPublisher: Eagle's View Publishing; (March 1987)
bulletISBN: 0943604141

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Home Tanning & Leathercraft Simplified
by Kathy Kellogg
bulletPaperback: 192 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.49 x 8.74 x 5.92
bulletPublisher: Williamson Publishing; (April 1984)
bulletISBN: 0913589047

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How to Tan Skins the Indian Way
by Evard H. Gibby, Montejon Smith (Editor)

This exciting Eagle's View publication explains everything you ever wanted to know about brain tanning as it was done by Native Americans. Brain tanning is the process of mechanically separating the fibers of the hide, lubricating them with oils from the brain tissue and making them water resistant by the application of smoke. It is the ideal method for home tanners. This 32 page, fully illustrated book features clear, simple, step-by-step instructions for tanning all kinds of skins, with and without the hair. Methods described include: making buckskin (including fleshing, removing the hair, braining the skin, and breaking and drying the skin); tanning rabbit and sheep skins with the hair or fur on; and smoking the skins. Techniques for making rabbit skin ropes and rabbit rope blankets and a special section on primitive clothing are also provided. The appendices contain information on constructing many of the tools used and suggestions on tanning without brains.

American Indian tribes used brain tanning to process animal skins into useful materials before modern tanning processes were introduced to America. The tanned hides were made into tipis, buckskin clothing, bags and other useful items. Skins tanned with the hair on were used for blankets, robes and material for some clothing. Although early settlers considered brain tanned leather inferior to "real leather", this is not true. Skins can be tanned, with the hair on or off, without the use of acids or hazardous tanning solutions. Buckskin made this way is durable, light, and soft as flannel. In addition, brain tanned leather is far superior to chemically tanned leather for use in native American crafts such as beading and porcupine quillwork, or any work which requires stitching on leather. The high cost of brain tanned leather makes learning the technique a very attractive alternative. This book will be invaluable to anyone interested in traditional skills of the American Indian or survival skills, and to those who enjoy making and wearing their own craftwork. 37 illustrations; 8 B&W photographs.

bulletPaperback: ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.11 x 8.49 x 5.56
bulletPublisher: Eagle's View Publishing; (April 1991)
bulletISBN: 0943604338

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Buckskin: The Ancient Art of Braintanning
by Steven Edholm, Tamara Wilder, Jim Riggs

Book Description
Try this easy to use field guide to braintanning -the same tanning method used for thousands of years by American Indians- and learn how to make your own velvety soft, durable and washable buckskin, all without the use of dangerous of polluting chemicals.

bulletPaperback: 307 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.01 x 9.00 x 6.06
bulletPublisher: Paleotechnics; (March 2001)
bulletISBN: 0965496554

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Native American Crafts and Skills: A Fully Illustrated Guide to Wilderness Living and Survival
by David Montgomery

Native American Crafts and Skills is an excellent introduction to the study of Native American crafts and outdoor skills. This book not only describes the skills Native Americans have cultivated over hundreds of years, but explains in step-by-step detail - through over two hundred illustrations by the author himself - how to create all kinds of Native American handiwork.

Begin with the process of tanning leather to create authentic Native American clothing - from elaborate war bonnets to several varieties of moccasins.

Discover the basics of the Native American "kitchen," including utensils and cookery, as well as the many foods common to the Native American diet. Chapters on Native American games and musical instruments showcase a side of domestic Native American life rarely seen before, and a section on jewelry making will give you a head start on creating your own elaborate geometric beadwork designs.

Annotated with a complete list of reference books and supply sources, this is an authentic and exciting book for people who want to share in the beauty and artistry of Native American history.

bulletPaperback: 276 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.65 x 9.00 x 5.90
bulletPublisher: The Lyons Press; (April 2000)
bulletISBN: 1585740705

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The Ultimate Guide to Skinning and Tanning: A Complete Guide to Working with Pelts, Fur, and Leather
Author: Burch, Monte

Here is the complete guide to a skill that may be mysterious to some, written by Monte Burch, an authority who practices many of the traditions of tanning and hiding. Starting at the beginning, Butch introduces the hunter to the tools of a tanner, and even gives complete plans for making many of these implements. Instructions are given for making fleshing beams, stretchers for pelts, fleshing knives, and many others. He also covers tanning formulas and materials, both traditional and modern.

Other topics include:

bullet Skinning small game
bulletStretching and drying pelts
bulletTanning small-game pelts
bulletSkinning big game
bulletTanning big game
bulletMaking buckskin
bulletTanning domestic hides
bulletSkinning and tanning reptiles
bulletSkinning and tanning birds

From the oldest method to the newest twist, Burch's guide will be indispensable to the modern hunter.

bulletPaperback: 240 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.64 x 9.18 x 6.08
bulletPublisher: The Lyons Press; (November 2002)
bulletISBN: 1585746703

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Buckshot's Modern Trapper's Guide for Xtreme Safety, Survival, Profit, Pleasure
by Bruce Hemming

Book Description
Whether you're a veteran trapper looking to increase your catches a beginner wanting to start out on the right foot or an outdoors person thinking about taking up trapping, Buckshot's Modern Trapper's you all the information you will want or need for Xtreme Safety, Survival, Profit, Pleasure. By following Buckshot's advice, YOU'LL BE TRAPPING LIKE THE PROS and soon discover the rewards, pleasure, profits and importance of trapping.

bulletPaperback: 184 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.50 x 9.25 x 6.50
bulletPublisher: Quick Works; (September 27, 1999)
bulletISBN: 1928547001

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The Complete Book of Tanning Skins and Furs

by James E. Churchill

The finer points of tanning with background information on the necessary tools and equipment.

bulletHardcover: 197 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.91 x 9.31 x 6.33
bulletPublisher: Stackpole Books; (November 1983)
bulletISBN: 0811717194

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