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VIDEO TUTORIALS: Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 4:25 pm
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!
Hard work but the one of the moste enjoyable end-products one could ever hope to complete.
So what exactly is braintan? Braintan, which is sometimes known as "native tan," refers to a natural process of tanning the hide. Unlike commercial tanning, no chemicals or machines are involved. Each is hand-tanned using a time consuming and labor intensive process.
First, the fat is scraped from the skin and the hair is removed. Then a mixture of brains and water is applied to the skin and it is allowed to soak for some time. The mixture is removed and the hide is stretched and dried. It is then worked by hand using a beam or other object to soften it up. The entire process takes many hours over several days.
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