Saturday, June 28, 2008

Deer Leg Tool Kit

Have a demo coming up so I was assembling a section called the deer leg tool kit. It is an example of the possible tools from the lower leg of a deer, ...something the hunter today would discard. Basically, the leg bone is harvested, broken, and abraded into awls and needles for sewing hides into clothing and shelter. The tendons are separated for the sinew. Phallanges are used as beads, or worked into fishhooks. Hoof bones are abraded into arrowheads. Any scraps of hide and hoof are boiled in a clay pot to make hide glue. Finally, a deer toe rattle shows the use of leg bone, hide, hoof, and hide glue...nothing left to waste.

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