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!by