Again, loving it, getting really enthusiastic about your produce Patrick, guess I gotta save myself up enough to go get one of those promising Buckskin courses of yours, always wanted to learn those skills but I think I found my teacher of choice ^^
yours sincerely Ruud
Picked this cow hide up today and will deflesh it tonight - this will be the starting point for a skin curragh or coracle,
I've already gathered the willow over the winter and I will begin to weave the frame soon.
Is it possible to make such a Coracle with the one hide? or will it be a multitude of hides, or is the skin stretched ?
Just wondering over here
I really loved all the stuff you did before so looking forward to seeing your progress on the coracle.
Yours sincerely Ruud
I am still deciding on the curing method - I may go with oak bark tanning like they did with the Brendan but use a mix of beeswax and birch tar as an alternative to fat or wool grease.
In Norway for the last few years the students have been shown how to construct bull boats using fresh moose skin hair on - these boats function fairly well as a means of
transportation and as a fishing platform, so with this in mind I may just dehair the hide and use it in its rawhide state keeping the epidermis intact which would help with waterproofing -
it all depends on how busy I am. There are many ways to construct this type of craft using a single hide or multi hides although the latter requires a bit of technique in the sewing
and positioning of the skins. I will be making a hide lauvu this winter with 6 or 7 cow hides so this will be a one skin boat capable of carrying one man and his fishing gear.
I'll look forward to seeing that lot. In fact I might race yer to a fully finished buckskin and fur outfit (feeling confident as I've got a head start and also knowing that you'll probably have several hundred metres of nettle cordage to twiddle on the side )! I'm getting there with a red deer hide hooded parka, dry scraped, brained and softened then smoked to within an inch of it's life up in the smoke hole of the main camp shelter throughout the whole year. The buckskin trousers and hunting shirt I'm aiming to make up from buckskin pieces, some smoked more heavily than others to give a sort of 'two tone' camouflage and the pucker toe woodland moccs are done, just waiting to be worn in and moulded then re-smoked.
I've roughly calculated for 9 fallow sized buckskins for moccasins, mittens, troos, shirt and sewing thonging plus three red hair on hides for the parka.
Keep posting the pics, it'll give me the kick up the rear I need to get everything finished over the winter.
Hmm, thanks for that very informative response Patrick, did not know about the birch tar and beeswax mix recipe yet, will look into that sometime sounds interesting ^^. and I though that bull-boats were really unstable, and so were not the best fishing platform, or it is just some experience in balancing which I could use some of ^^. I'm looking forward to yet another jaw dropping result.
Yours sincerely a fan
I'm on it Teedee, I'm on it. My buckskin moccasin/boot hybrids have become an article for the next issue of Bushcraft and Survival Skills magazine so can't post anything about those for now. Working on a pair of strides at the moment followed by some bark tanning experiments.
Brilliant work Patrick. Inspiring craftsmanship - can't wait to see this seasons collection!
Lots of things on the go at the mo, another little utility pouch from odds n ends and the shirt skins are almost smoked to my satisfaction.
Managed to deflesh the cow hide and scraped off 18lbs of fat and membrain - a job and a half. I am away this weekend filming with the BBC again for Landward
- 4 episodes - so every thing has been put on the backburner until thats over.
My first thought, was hmm a coracle, a simple bowl shape stretched over with any kind of skin, but you had to make it awesome and amazing now didn't you patrick, amazing, I cant get enough of looking at your creations they are one by one marvelous thank you for showing us what the meaning of being a craftsman is.
Yours sincerely Ruud, in awe
omg...blown away....i believe i met you briefly in the closing hours of the wilderness gathering....your stall was a large circular set-up if i remember correctly? i was as lost for words then as now lol!
my very first word to the photo of the finish corical was a word that cant be put on this here forum but it began with f and ends in k i think u get the rest because that is unbelievably amazing and thanks for sharing it