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Buckskin: The Ancient Art of Braintanning Paperback – February, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Paleotechnics (February 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965496554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965496551
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is not really "out of print", but has been reissued in a new and better form. The new reprint edition "Buckskin: The Ancient Art of Braintanning", ISBN# 0-9654965-5-4 is now widely available and features an improved title & cover, minor revisions and additional illustrations. Please check out the new title by searching for it now or simply click on the "other titles by this author" button. See you there.

About the Author

Steven Edholm & Tamara Wilder are specialists in pre-metal technologies and regularly practice, teach, and demonstrate braintanning & other primitive living skills for museums, fairs, parks, and schools. Their work has also been published in the "Bulletin of Primitive Technology" (a biannual publication of the Society of Primitive Technology) and in the book "Woodsmoke: Collected Writings on Ancient Living Skills". They and their business, Paleotechics, are located in Northern California.

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I recommend it without hesitation or reserve.
Vaughn Terpack: jterpack@greenwood.net
It is the kind of book that you can go back to time and time again and find new and valuable information that you missed the first time.
Matt Richards
This is the a very good job of writing on the topic.
R. L. Allen Jr.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Vaughn Terpack: jterpack@greenwood.net on February 5, 1998
Format: Paperback
I have been involved in primitive skills, like hide tanning, for over a decade and tanned my first hide while I was still in high school. My weekly outdoors column regularly features primitive skills which people seem to enjoy, even if they don't spend any time in the woods.
When I got word that Steve & Tamara had finished their book, I sent for it and was pleasantly surprised at its bulk when it showed up in my mail box.
This is undoubtedly the finest book on the subject as it covers everything you could want to know about tanning, caring for your skins, sewing skins together and making your own tools. Steve & Tamara have anticipated every concievable problem you might face and offer solutions to them at the end of every chapter.
Going beyond just tanning, these fine tanners show you how to sew the skins together into garments with several seams and types of stitches and then go on to show you uses for the other parts of the deer that are usually discarded. There's even an interesting method of turning a tuna can, some sand, melted fat and a bit of cattail fluff into an simple lamp.
Undoubtedly, the finest aspect of this book, and one that shows the care and thoroughness of its writers, is the artwork. In books of this nature, those concerned with the simpler ways, I have always found the pictures to be too dark or out of focus, and the drawings nothing more than crude stick figures. In Wet-Scrape..., I found the complete opposite. The photographs are clear and well-balanced, and the drawings are superb. In fact, they could have easily done without the pictures, such is the clarity and expressiveness of the drawings.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Matt Richards on February 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
There is a lot of information contained within these pages...written by two excellent brain tanners and experienced teachers. It is the kind of book that you can go back to time and time again and find new and valuable information that you missed the first time. I do think its a little hard for the beginner to find the simple and straightforward how-to do it information in, but it is there, and it will teach you what you need to know, and then some.
"Wetscrape Braintanned Buckskin" has a particularly good bibliography, section on tool sharpening, troubleshooting, museum quality illustrations, good humor and a whole lot of excellent information. I've been brain tanning for a living for 11 years, teach it regularly and have written a book on it myself, and all I can say is that if you are considering getting this book, just do it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By runningwolf4647 on March 11, 2013
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I am teaching a young man to tan deer skins and this book was purchased to help with the mental picture for him. we started tanning the hids about 3 weeka after I purchased the book for him and he studied it through and through. much to my surprise he knew every step before I started to explain it to him. and finished each process as if he had been doing it all his life.

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By Bratchild on April 4, 2012
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Such a great deal. My great white hunter wants his little squaw to take care of the tanning for him. It was nice to have a refresher corse. Just don't expect to see me wearing my works!! All kiding aside the book was in perfect condiction and very informative. Thanks.
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