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Hello, I already posted this in the fibre forum, but thought I should share it here, too. My husband is a traditional tanner and just finished his new website. He teaches workshops on occasion and is a great source of knowledge. For those wanting high quality 100% bark tanned hides and furs he is one of the only sources in North America. Anyways, have a look if you're interested.

www.bark-tan.com
4 years ago
Hey, just wanted to share my husbands work for people interested in traditional tanning methods and learning, sharing, or purchasing. We're on Vancouver Island but sometimes travel for teaching as well. Anyways, check it out:
www.bark-tan.com
4 years ago
oh, also... for winter foot wear i find bark tan is best because it can be heavily oiled which will give you much more water resistance than buckskin or felt.
Hi Jocelyn, I find a combo of wool and leather to be the best for winter wear. With possible under layers of cotton/silk/thinner wool/etc. For naturally tanned leather you have 2 real options - buckskin (braintanned) or barktanned leather. check this bark tan stuff out:

https://www.etsy.com/people/SmokinHides?ref=si_pr

Bark tanned leather is going to be more water resistant than buckskin. Both buckskin and leather are extremely good at blocking wind. sometimes wool (esp. unfelted) can let the wind in a bit too much for me
a d&c is a great option if you can access/afford it. myself, i opt for herbs.

for more info i also recommend sisterzeus.com, there is also a listserve (i think you can access it thru sisterzeus), and there are several zines on the topic. Susun Weed's website likely has information and there is also a forum to ask questions on.
7 years ago
I know a lot about this subject.

Do not EVER use pennyroyal essential oil internally! It is poisonous! It could be applied topically if diluted in a carrier oil and i know some who have used it this way to induce miscarriage.

If you decide to herbally abort I would look at Susun Weed's recipe. There are definitely concerns with herbal abortions and it is particularly an issue when women are badly educated on the subject, are fearful/anxious of their situation, are treating themselves in isolation (which will breed fear and anxiety and thus a tendency to overdose!), and are unsure about their decision.

There have been many safely done, effective herbal abortions. It is not how it is often portrayed by ignorant people or books or movies.

If you don't have someone to walk you through it/support you i recommend getting a d&c

The biggest factor in terms of success is timing. You should always know when you should bleed next. Herbs are most effective when used right when you are supposed to menstruate or maybe within the time frame of a week. They can be done later, but it's significantly harder/more stressful.

Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota) is primarily an implantation inhibitor used during fertile times/after sex.


Acupuncture is also effective at encouraging menstruation.
7 years ago
as a co-operative (business or housing), as tenants-in-common on the deed, or, if you are able to subdivide a parcel (which can be a difficult zoning endeavor depending on where you are) you could "sell" individual lots off a larger parcel. these are the methods i am familiar with for ownership. there are other ways to do it where you no longer own the land individually (ie: a land trust)

7 years ago
Len, you can also pick up most roadkill in BC if you have a trapper's license.

i usually wild harvest a significant portion of my food and medicinal (tea) plants. lots of mushrooms, berries, nuts (hazel, walnuts), apples/pears/medlars and edible greens.. all from wild/feral/otherwise untended areas.

i also am in to hunting, fishing, trapping, and using parts of animals that others usually toss (heads, hooves, hides, bones, etc.). i also enjoy clamming and picking oysters and mussels.

sometimes we'll get free animals from the buy and sell/craigslist, too. got a free boar once!

anyways, when i have a stable living situation and can focus on food i would guess alteast 75% of my food comes from the above methods. i also grow some veggies by just encouraging them to go feral (ideal) and i usually tend atleast a potato patch and some squash plants.
7 years ago
you will not get the same omega 3 amounts from plant based oils as you will from fish oils. it is generally the omega 3's that people lack in their diets and the omega 6's that people tend to get enough/too much of. this is due in large part to eating too much grain and vegetable oils.

i would recommend taking a liquid fish oil or ideally just eating more fatty fish.

purslane is a good veggie source of omega 3. not sure of ratios.
7 years ago