From Kotzebue to Ketchikan
It doesn’t faze some people to hop on a snow machine (snowmobile, for you lower 48’ers), drive 40 miles in -20 below zero to check a short trap line for the infamous abundant, Alaskan lynx. But that’s what it takes to offer you the best-looking fur first hand. Of course there is always the long snow blown drive back hoping your thumb doesn’t go numb from holding the throttle to long. And then the true work begins with skinning and fleshing of the animal’s thin skin. Drying time, tagging, packaging, shipping and then sending; trusting the tannery will do a good job. That is a small part of how this unique blanket is created.
The second part is the harvest on the big blue ocean for the largest weasel that can weigh up to 100 lbs. With no shortage in Alaska of the richest fur bearing animal, harvesting is a 2400 lbs. a day chore. Lifting the animal into the boat, out of the boat up to a skinning table, fleshing a heavy hide, and then washing. It all tallies up to…a lot of work! And don’t forget the shipping of the heavy dry hides to one of the only 3 federally permitted tanneries left in the U.S.. Costs of tanning are like renting in Park Place with no choice of playing the Monopoly game.
So when you look at this soft, warm blanket, please remember the bone chilling frost on the face, numb fingers, and sore back that went into making this one of kind “thing”. Oh, and the great craftsmanship. lol