Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making eBook

William Hamilton Gibson
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 313 pages of information about Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making.
Popular error corrected.—­A substitute for Whiskey and Brandy.—­Red Pepper Tea.—­Its great value as a remedy in Illness.—­The Mosquitoes’ favorite Victim.—­Result of the bite of the insect.—­The Mosquito Head-Net.—­Directions for making the Net.—­Netting attachment for the Hat.—­Portable Sun Shade or Hat brim.—­Netting attachment for the Hat brim.—­Boat building.—­A Boat of some kind a necessity to the Trapper.—­The “Dug-Out” or Log-Canoe.—­Requisite Tools for its Manufacture.—­Selection of the Log.—­Directions for making the boat.—­Remarkable thinness to which they may be reduced.—­Lightness of the boat.—­How to gauge the thickness.—­How to stop leaks.—­The Indian or birch bark canoe.—­The Indian as a Canoe-maker.—­His remarkable skill.—­Perfection of the Indian made Canoe.—­Description of the Canoe.—­Capacity of the various sizes.—­How to construct a Bark Canoe.—­Selection of Bark.—­How to prevent Leaks.—­Material used by the Indians in sewing the Bark.—­Advantages of the Birch Bark Canoe.—­Basswood, Hemlock, and Spruce Bark Canoes.—­A light home-made boat.—­Selection of Boards.—­Directions for making the Boat.—­Caulking the seams.—­Value of Pitch for waterproofing purposes.—­How it should be applied.—­The scow.—­How to construct the ordinary Flat-bottomed Boat.—­The Mud-stick.—­Snow shoes.—­A necessity for winter travel.—­The “Snow Shoe Race.”—­The mysteries of a Snow Shoe.—­“Taming the Snow Shoe.”—­How to make the Snow Shoe.—­Complicated Net-work.—­Two methods of attaching the Net-work.—­How the Snow Shoe is worn.—­The toboggan or Indian sledge.—­Its value to the Trapper.—­Winter Coasting.—­Great sport with the Toboggan.—­How to make a Toboggan.—­Selection of Boards.—­How the Sledge is used.—­Curing skins.—­Importance of Curing Skins properly.—­Valuable hints on Skinning Animals.—­How to dry Skins.—­How to dress Skins for Market.—­Astringent preparations.—­Recipe.—­Stretchers.—­How skins are stretched.—­The Board Stretcher.—­How it is made and used.—­The Wedge Stretcher.—­How made and used.—­The Bow Stretcher.—­The Hoop Stretcher.—­Tanning skins.—­To Tan with the hair on.—­Preparation of Skin for Tanning.—­Tanning Mixture.—­Recipe.—­Second Mixture.—­Recipe.—­Third Mixture and Recipe.—­How the Skin is softened and finished.—­How to tan mink and muskrat skins.—­Preparation of Skin.—­Tanning Mixtures.—­Various Recipes.—­“Fleshing.”—­The Fleshing-knife.—­Substitute for the Fleshing-knife.—­How to tan the skins of the beaver, otter, raccoon, and marten.—­Tanning Mixtures.—­How to soften the Skin.—­Simple Tanned Skin.—­Recipe for removing the fur.—­How to finish the Skin.—­Observations on the history of furs and the
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