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G'day guys,

Just wanted first off to say thanks for the great site.

So maybe i missed it but i was wondering if you had thought of putting a DIY section on your site. You could have a few DIY article located in one area and people from the community could write in with their own DIY survival ideas.

 

Just a thought.

 

Cheers

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Josh, Welcome to the site and I think the DIY section is "scattered" all over. There are several links and threads on DIY camp stoves, some in this sub-forum, etc. Do you subscribe to the newsletter? They have a listing on each newsletter for the links for the DIY threads.

Look under wilderness survival and country living for a start on the DIY stuff.

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Anytime. I know I posted several links to other articles under a Living History Thread (not sure which sub forum but will look) and then the farming/gardening sub forum also has some great ideas and links. There are some really smart people who can adapt a toothpick into a skyscraper on here and they share ALOT of very valuable info.

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http://www.survivalcache.com/forums/showthread.php?704-Living-History

 

Here is the post I made with several DIY links. These are based more on Colonial American history and the "buckskinning" hobby/lifestyle.

If you want some really good basic ideas using old technology; look into the living history reenactment groups; medieval and Colonial/American fur trade are 2 of the big time periods.

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Guest kevin

hey reg 5.... i here borax is good for tanning hides...you know if it is or not?

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I know it is mentioned in many of the books for a "chemical" tan. I believe its use is in lieu of using other acids. I have never personally used it tho and would have to go thru my books and notes to find out for sure. I will look and get back to you ASAP.

Are you looking for any treatment to tan a hide? Or do you have access to borax so it makes it cheap and easy?

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hey reg 5.... i here borax is good for tanning hides...you know if it is or not?

 

http://www.tn.gov/twra/pdfs/tanninghides.pdf

 

http://www.ehow.com/how_8777133_tan-hide-borax.html

 

Here are 2 links on how to use borax to tan a hide. I prefer using brains and/or hardwood chips to tan personally but that is based more on my history hobby than anything else. Tandy Leather and almost every trapper's supply offers a pre-mixed tanning solution that works very well also for hair on or hair off hides. The biggest issue is from what I gathered as i scanned the info in the above links is it is for hair off applications only. I wish I could be of more help on the borax method.

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Guest kevin

hard wood chips?.... iv'e got tons of those.....how do you do it with them?....if i bag the fox thats been raiding my chickens i wanna tan him....and i LOVE old school ways.

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hardwood contains tannic acid. do NOT use a metal container.... after fleshing and scraping the hide, you soak the hide in water with the hardwood chips.... very simple directions. I'll find a better one and link it. The Native Americans used a hollowed out stump of hardwood (oak is especially high in tannic acid). Even acorns contain alot of tannic acid, especially in the pin/black/red oak family which is leeched out using water to make the acorns taste better (they are bitter if not done).

 

http://www.alpharubicon.com/primitive/tanningdragoona.htm

 

http://www.pioneerliving.net/tanninghides.htm

 

http://www.braintan.com/barktan/2tannins.htm

 

Here are a few links. Make sure you read thru them to find the way that will be easiest and will keep the hair on for the red fox. Hardwood ashes will remove the hair normally or even weaken it so it falls out faster over time. Hope it helps.

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Guest kevin

thanks reg5.....it will....may set a snare line this wkend to get some practice before i try the fox.....coon skin cap anyone?

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LOL.... good luck. A "fun" way to catch the fox is dig a hole at about a 15 degree angle (I'm guessing here) and bury a smooth walled stove pipe in it. Throw a sardine in and the fox will go down after the sardine and can't back up because of the slick walls of the pipe. Caution, the fox will be alive and a tad upset when you go to retrieve your prize...lol.

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Guest kevin

good trap.....for fox and bobcat we use traps i make with scrap metal(frame) and hard ware cloth and a guillotine trap door. bait it with a live chicken(in a separate compartment). ....easier than digging....but in a survival situation i'll dig....know any recipes for fox?

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Probably any you can find for dog. Lewis and Clark just roasted dog and coyote in their travels but I'm sure it works in a stew as well.

 

Some more links with tons of free downloads. I think CCSir posted originally in the multi media forum.

 

http://laylowsbunker.com/info_pump/Old%20Knowledge%20Books/ebooks/steeltrapsdescri00harduoft.pdf

 

http://laylowsbunker.com/info_pump/Old%20Knowledge%20Books/#Trapping

 

http://laylowsbunker.com/info_pump/

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