Brain Tanning: An Easy Guide for the 21st Century

 
9780943604688: Brain Tanning: An Easy Guide for the 21st Century

After practicing this ancient craft for many years I know there are a number of books currently available on this subject... So why another book on the subject? First I have been studying and working with this method for almost 50 years. A tremendous amount of experimentation and research, in addition to blood, sweat and tears has resulted in experience only time can provide. My former teaching companion had close to 55 years of experience at the time of his passing. Paul learned first hand from his wife's (Kiowa) grandmother in Oklahoma. It is our combined knowledge that I will share with you. Second, while there is information available, in either printed or video format, I feel that many people are often given erroneous, misleading or insufficient information. The result is readers are often left with more questions than answers. Third, brain tanning simply does not have to be as hard, mysterious, time-consuming or as smelly as many people would have you believe. In fact the job should be relatively easy or you are doing something wrong. Dick Walsh, author. Includes historical information, how to obtain hides, the making of all tools needed and instructions for Fleshing, Framing, Membraning, Graining, Braining, Drying, Softening and Smoking Hides. The book also includes Tanning with the Hair On, Cleaning Buckskin, References and numerous pictures of the tanning process, tools and items the author and others have made from brain tanned hides. A new refreshing voice with a natural ability to communicate and teach others.

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Dick Walsh has a degree in Secondary Education. For a number of years he taught history, psychology and sociology on the High School level. From an early age he had an interest in Native American culture and the Fur Trade. He loves the outdoors and has hunted deer for close to fifty-five years with both gun and bow. He is a taxidermy hobbyist and has mounted deer heads, other small game animals and tanned various skins for himself and friends. Dick is an accomplished bead worker and rawhide craftsman. His home is adorned with tipi backrests, beaded gun cases, knife sheaths, moccasins, drums and parfleche containers representative of the Plains Indians. He has given many demonstrations, workshops and seminars for the County Parks Department, State Parks, Missouri Conservation Department and the Department of natural Resources, as well as teaching classes at his home on Plains Indian brain tanning. Today he is retired after working for the Jefferson National Parks Association at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. On occasion he still teaches those interested in the ancient art of brain tanning

Review:

Anyone who knows Dick Walsh is impressed by his natural ability to communicate and teach others. Whether in person or in print, Dick has a unique ability to convey complex issues in a straight forward manner. As a result, his writing reads like an easy conversation between friends. At the same time, he never loses sight of the finer details. Not only is his text well documented, it is generously filled with supporting quotes and historical background to give the reader just the right amount of context to better understand and appreciate the subject. He caps it off with a generous supply of photographs and illustrations to ensure that the tanning enthusiast not only reads about the various techniques but is able to see them clearly demonstrated as well. Brain Tanning: An Easy Guide for the 21st Century will be an indispensable resource to the novice and experienced tanner alike. --David Grove, President & CEO, Jefferson National Parks Association

Dick Walsh's book serves as both history and how to for those wishing to learn the craft of brain tanning leather. Once an essential part of the daily life of people of many cultures living in North America, knowledge of this craft is quickly disappearing. Dick's book provides insight into thousands of years of cultural history for American Indians, explorers, fur trappers and traders. --Robert J Moore Jr., PhD. Author of: Tailor Made, Trail Worn: The Clothing, Arms and Equipment of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

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