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Rabbit skin blanket

Discussion in 'Sleep Systems' started by feellnfroggy, Dec 19, 2016.

  1. feellnfroggy

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    I downloaded a free Amazon Kindle book. Woodcraft by EH Keeps. He mentions a woven rabbit skin blanket being warmer than even wool? Any experience with this? I don't see much about it.
     
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    Primitive Ways has a nice article on how to make one.

    How to Make a Rabbit Skin Blanket

    At the bottom of the page there is some further reading:

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    I've only read that they are very warm, lighter than wool blankets, and hair comes off the entire time they are in use. One author (can't remember which... Angier or Rutstrum most likely) said he sewed his blanket between two pieces of sheeting to prevent the hair issue.
     
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    Kreps made that same point. It's a trail blanket, not for use indoors lol.
     
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    I gave thought to trying that years ago, but getting the hide off a hare, (rabbits yes, hares no), in one piece is beyond my skill level,,, I've skinned and sold perhaps thousands of pelts, but I simply don't have the patience to skin a hare the way I read about,,, seems the pelts always tear to pieces for me,,,

    It'd be an exploit to boast of if a fellow did pelt out enough hares and wove such a blanket, but I'd want it in a bag to keep the hare's hair off me,,,
     
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    Going back to your original post, and the book it came from, "Woodcraft". In printed form, my copy of this book is tiny, almost a pamphlet, and I like to take it along hunting with me, just for something to browse IF I get bored (which doesn't happen often).

    and "Elmer Kreps" is just a cool name.
     
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    Much to be learned for those old fellows. Even if we cannot do exactly as they did, it gives us insight into why we do things a certain way today,,, new ideas and new gadgets are often simply the next generation ideas and gadgets,,,
     
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    Rabbits not hares. He may have mentioned hares, but I'm thinking a "rabbit hare" blanket may have tongue twister your thoughts? Lol. Pun intended.
     
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    Had one as a comforter in late 80"s....it was not warm or comfy....it was OH HOLY HELL THIS IS HOT!!!! I CANT BREATHE!!!
    If you have any body heat whatsoever.....you'll feel like youre suffocating under it.
    I check occasionally looking for a prime reindeer hide thats not $600. Even that will only be used outside... And only in temps under 30.
     
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    I have experience doing this on a smaller scale. I made a small scarf in this fashion, I'm saving up hides now to make a blanket.

    Check out my post on the subject.

    Making Rabbit fur blankets/clothing

    Edit: Didn't notice this was already posted!
     
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    Rabbit hair must have some quality to it that makes it extra warm. My Mad Bomber hat uses rabbit fur and it is crazy warm.
     
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    Nice post, I had no clue that rabbit fur was this warm. I have harvested enough, to apparently, stay warm. All tossed.
     
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    john rowlands refers to the rabbit fur blankets in "cache lake country". great book, can't recommend it enough. basically the strip of rabbit hide is twisted around a thread then woven into a blanket, then trimmed with cloth. Rowlands states inthe book he sewed them between two heavy cotton sheets to prevent waking up with a mouthful of hair
     
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    I know the Great Basin Indians made them.
    Utah Museum of Natural History used to have a display.
    Looked like strips of skin with the fur on, flat woven into a blanket.
     
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    I've been researching these a bit, and there were several techniques of making the fuzzy cord, including a way of using turkey body feathers (it apparently "only" takes about 15,000 feathers to make a blanket!). The same source told me it takes about 150 rabbit skins to make a full blanket, which actually seemed semi-do-able.

    Sounds nice, since I'm always cold....:)
     
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    Can't say that I've ever made one, but I have used one when I lived out in New Mexico.

    I used to have some neighbors were of Native descent and one night, during the winter, the town's power went out. I invited my neighbors over since I had a wood burning stove and they proceeded to bring some handmade blankets - one of them being jackrabbit skin. I must say it was far warmer than any goose down blanket I've ever tried. They are correct in saying the hair falls off with ease and gets in your mouth. I woke up several times that night, pulling fur from my mouth. Overall, it was a fun experience. I'd use one again if I had to.
     
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    There is only one book I've read more often than Cache Lake Country. Which is Traplines North by Steven W. Meader.
    There is a Traplines North website.
    Henry Bugbee Kane is without doubt my most favorite illustrator.
    One year I spent a full year reading Cache Lake -- one chapter each month...
    However, I've always thought there was something"wrong" with the book. Something didn't jive. A google search proved interesting. Still it is an enjoyable book.
     
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