Monday, February 21, 2011

Coon Skin Cap

You might remember that I8 had been doing a unit on Cowboy Charlie this past fall. He loves all things pioneer and Old West! I was commissioned to help him make a coon skin cap which I undertook using instructions from the Homeschool in the Woods unit on the Early 19th Century.

He chose some "fur" that didn't look like a coon at all and I started the task. Then Christmas happened and you know we got him the Frontier Craft Kit and of course it had a coon skin cap! Not only that, but you could buy just coon tails. So, we got one for J5- just the tail. When it showed up in his stocking he had one thing to say, "Santa went coon huntin'!" That one still makes me laugh!

Great set of directions, but I didn't need to do the tail directions after buying them from the Corps of Rediscovery.

The finished product- is that a crazy nice hat or what?
Just getting started...

He loves this cap! Here he is wearing it when we took our tracking walk. Wait till you see all the tracks we were able to see. I8 has finished his fringed coin bag and the tomahawk. He started the possibles bag, but we need a little modern intervention to kick start that one again. I still need to finish putting together J5's cap, but I8 has been enjoying his for a few weeks now. Imagine sitting in a meeting and sewing a coon cap for your boy. Yeah...

Oh and the tail is real!

5 comments:

Your dh said...

Honey, you make us sound like real hicks in this post. Do something high tech next so that we don't come across like the Hatfields or McCoys...

Heather said...

hahahaha

I had considered that!

Sorry honey!

Tracey said...

Hey dh, she did not make you sound like real hicks in this post. Santa really does coon hunt and it is real nice of a momma to sew a coon cap for her boy while sitting in a meeting, especially since the tail is real!

Heather said...

hahaha! Thank you Tracey!

Anonymous said...

Tell I8 that that is a way cool hat! I may just ask him to make me one too!

love, Grandma