Fox II

On our way south from the Bay Area to LA, we picked up another beautiful road-killed grey fox.  We skinned and cleaned it on our first day back at the co-op, removed its brains and cleaned its bones on the second day, brain-tanned it on the third day, and smoked it over the fire pit on the fourth day.  I think we may have given some of the younger coopers a bit of a shock!




























In case you’re interested in becoming one of us weird people who does these kinds of things, here are some good resources:

Brain Tanning Furs by George Michaud

Tan Your Pelts with Nature’s Tools by Jim Miller

Skinning, Tanning, & Working Hides: A DIY Guide to an Ancient Skill by Rowan Gangulft, PhD


2 Responses to “Fox II”

  1. Raven Says:

    Hi Rachel!

    I stumbled across your blog and have started reading at the beginning. What wonderful information, contemplation, and adventure! Thank you so much for taking the time to share!

    I am fascinated by alternative social constructs and have been enjoying researching them. I just wanted to say hi and happy to meet you!


    Ketchikan, AK

  2. Ollie » Blog Archive » Squirrel Says:

    […] for each animal: we put Fox I in a chemical bath that didn’t work too well; we brain-tanned Fox II, which was gross and kind of sketchy but worked really well; and we used a strong black tea + raw […]

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