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Beaver On A Wooden Hoop If you are looking for an alternative to selling your beaver in the usual raw state or maybe just looking for a project to do in the off season, try tanning your pelt and putting it on a wooden hoop. A beaver pelt on a wooden hoop makes an excellent wall hanging in a rec room, bar, hunting lodge or just about anywhere else you can think of. There is also a market out there for beaver pelts finished in this way and it offers a good alternative to the traditional market. Thanks to Hern Blett from Pennsylvania for the instructions on hooping beaver.
Use Willow or River Birch branches, the size of a man's finger.
Submerge the braches in water to make flexible.
Use 2 pieces long enough to make a half circle with overlap 2inches larger than the pelt.
Lay a half sheet of plywood on floor.
Center the pelt on the plywood and draw an outline of the pelt, or a few reference marks.
Make a mark 2" form the outside edge of the pelt in the 12, 6, 3, & 9 o'clock position. Then at the 2, 4, 8, & 10 o'clock position.
Now, connect the marks in the shape of the pelt. This is where you want your hoop, 2" from the pelt.
Place finishing nails around your hoop line. This is a jig to bend and form your hoop.
Tip ~ When joining the ends together, shave the ends a few inches, flattening, to form a good joint. I use thin craft wire to hold joints together, then hide with rawhide.
Tip ~ Space the holes 3 1/2" apart in pelt. Use a leather punch for this.
Tip ~ When hoop is in position and properly jointed, let dry for a day or two.
Use a continual strand of leather (if available) to lace beaver pelt onto hoop. Keep your spacing uniform, such as - WWWW. Use the leather to wrap the 2 joints.
Finished Piece ~ Now you have a hooped beaver pelt. But it needs more.
Using your leather or rawhide, hang a few ruffed grouse tail feathers on each side of hoop, at the 3 & 9 o'clock positions. Then hang 2 weasel tails or entire pelts in the 6 o'clock position. At the 12 o'clock position, hang 3-4 African or Indian trade beads.
Now you have a finished beaver on a wooden hoop to admire for years to come.