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Scraping Hides With Ants?

I have had little time to do much these days with the amount of time that I work. Three raccoon hides have sat in my garage for months and months waiting for the membrane-scraping step in the hide tanning process. I noticed them in the garage the other day and saw something amazing.

It appears as though the ants in my garage are eating away the membrane layer and leaving behind the skin. Take a closer look:

Do you know what this means? It means I won’t have to do the work! Everyone hates trying to scrape the membrane off a raccoons back. If the ants do this, it will save me a tremendous amount of time. It also makes me wonder how the hide will turn out after I tan it. Looking at these ants do their thing, it appears they are taking off exactly the right amount of membrane and not getting into the skin at all. This may not be the case. They may eat their way through. But either way, I’ll learn a valuable lesson. Anyone else used ants or bugs or other living things to do this kind of work?


Hey there friends,

Thanks so much for all your help with the tour and making it possible. I may update this page if things shift around a bit, so please be patient and check back for changes. Here are the following stops that I plan to make:

Bellingham, WA

Monday June 20, 2011 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Fertile Ground is hosting my tour stop in Bellingham.
The Old Foundry
100 E. Maple St.
Bellingham, WA
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Seattle More Bellingham, WA!

Tuesday June 21st, 2011
I’ll be doing an English Ivy pull and basket making skill-share.

Olympia, WA

Wednesday June 22nd, 2011 3pm-5pm
Last Word Books
211 4th Avenue East
Olympia, WA 98501
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Eugene, OR

Friday, June 24th 6pm-9pm
Maitreya EcoVillage
1641 West Broadway
Eugene OR
Facebook Event Page (Stay Tuned!)

Oakland, CA

Saturday, June 25th
11am-5pm Skill Share
6pm-11pm Reading and Barnyard Dance
Place for Sustainable Living
1121 64th Street
Oakland CA, 94608
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Los Angeles, CA

Monday June 27th 5pm-7pm
1716 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026-3225
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Santa Barbara, CA

Tuesday June 28th, 3pm-6pm
Rocky Nook Park
610 Mission Canyon Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Portland, OR

Saturday July 2nd
Rewild Camp
Join the Rewild Portland mailing list to find out where!
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Rewild Camp Pics!

Hey Yall,

I don’t know if you have noticed it or not, but Rewild Portland’s “Rewild Camp” has been off the hizzy lately (that means very fun and populated with cool skillz, people, food, music and sharing)! Check out all the crazy pics of our adventures over at our Blog:

Fundraising for a Book Tour

Hey there friends. In order for me to go on a west coast book tour I’ve got to raise $5,000. I’m using the Kickstarter online fundraising platform for artists. The way Kickstarter works is simple: offer rewards as incentives for people to pledge money to your project. If you don’t raise all of the money you set out to raise in the time frame you gave yourself, you don’t get funded.

This is important: if I don’t raise $5,000 by March 31st, I will not be going on a book tour any time soon. This is why I need your help! I’ve got some pretty amazing rewards so it’s not like you’re not getting some cool shit out of it yourself. Check it out here:

Debate vs. Rewilding

I have opinions, sure. And yeah, I talk about them. A lot. But mostly with close friends and rarely do I debate them. I’ve never liked debate. The emotional stakes in debate rest way too high for my enjoyment. Debate does not imply a conversation where two sides try to find a middle ground, or where a curious open-minded person learns something new, but rather how each side can continuously argue back and forth trying to prove the other person wrong. If someone concedes to the other, it means they admit to their “wrongness”. The feelings of shame and embarrassment that come with “wrongness” emotionally prevent people from actually coming to terms with another. To debate means to refuse acceptance.

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Calling the Cops vs. Rewilding


A while back an anonymous person mailed me a giant rock with an insulting remark attached to it. I interpreted it as a form of intimidation and I called the police. They sped over to my house, took finger prints off the rock, crime scene photos, interviewed all of my neighbors and roommates, interrogated the Fedex employees, ran the prints through the database, enhanced the security video feed to get a perfect image of the perps face and put an APB out across America. They apprehended the suspect almost instantaneously and imprisoned them for the rest of eternity, justice served.

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Fatigue & Hibernation Report


My fatigue has swelled to an insane amount in the last couple months, with headaches and nightmares too. I’ve spent most of my time in a mental battle trying to fight my way out of the brain fog… to no avail. I change diet, I change supplements, I change exercise routines, sleep schedule, and nothing much changes. Maybe I do have Raccoon Roundworm after all! Wouldn’t it be nice if I had health insurance and could get a spinal tap so I could find out that I have an incurable disease that will kill me in a couple months to a couple years? That would be awesome. Perhaps I should be thankful I don’t have health insurance: ignorance is bliss right? Wrong! Not when it’s ignorance of what is making you feel like shit. Enough doom and gloom and paranoid hypochondria… let’s talk about all the fun I’ve been having!

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