May 01 2010

Moose Ear

Published by at 7:31 pm under Expeditions and Experiences

Getting food sometimes gets in the way of other projects, so there was no tanning today. What I did however was to make a pouch out of a moose ear. This is a pretty fiddely project, requiring the removal of the cartilage in the ear and resulting in a seamless pouch. I have done this with caribou and roe deer ears too, but they’re too small to really bother with. Getting started I use a knife, but for the rest I use some sharp bone shards and a my thumbs to separate it. I might make a tutorial on this sometime, but until that you can experiment for yourself like I did OR join the Veidemann course, where we teach this (amongst many other things of course). 🙂

The first picture shows the tools and the material. The second shows the finished pouch, stuffed with grass to dry into shape. The removed cartilage can be made into a very sturdy knife sheath by folding it over your knife and stitching it to fit.

This picture is of the Alpine Pennycress (Thlaspi caerulescens) as Neal Battin mentioned on this site’s facebook page. It is one of the few wild plants that are widely eaten in Norway as a spring snack and to my knowledge the only wild flower to be eaten traditionally.

Regards
Torjus

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