Maybe not this much.
Saaaaay, does that iron look like an old file to you?
Rare indeed! <thud>
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It's a fairly recent thing eBay has introduced. There is auction
format and fixed price format. Now with best offer you can have a
fixed price but people can make an offer below that and the seller can
chose whether to accept it. It's an alternative to auction format
with a reserve. There's a whopping fee for setting a reserve while
best offer is free.
We learned a new thing on ebay. We offer an item for sale that we have
multiples of. Let's say we would take $6 for it, but it sells for $9.35.
We now can go down the bidders and offer every one who bid over what we
wanted for it ($6) and sell multiple items with only one listing fee. AND,
if we want, we can go further down the list until we reach our minimum
price. Pretty neat.
It's called a "Second Chance Offer." eBay encourages it. It even
reminds you which of your sold items are eligible to make SCOs.
Watch out for fake SCO offers from scammers.
"To be sure a Second Chance Offer is legitimate, go to www.ebay.com,
and click on My eBay. Then sign in and make sure the Second Chance
Offer appears there [in My Messages. You should also see a note in
Didn't Win next to the original item.] eBay will never send a Second
Chance Offer email with the subject line "Question from eBay Member."
If you receive an email pretending to be a Second Chance Offer with
that subject line, please report it to eBay. You can report this type
of email from the Misuse of the Contact an eBay Member Feature page."
I don't think this is an adze, I think this is a wahintke. It is a scraper used
to remove the thin
membrane from the inside/outside of a deer, buffalo, elk, etc. hide. Could also
be used to remove
the fat before drying the hide. As to the value, well, do you watch the
Antiques Road Show?
Watched one episode where an old wool blanket, a Navaho Chief's blanket to be
precise, was estimated
at $350,000 US on a BAD day, and should go for more than $500,000. The guy kept
it on the back of
his easy chair.
Very brief ramble on brain tanning and use of wahintke follows.
The hide was mounted in a frame. In a buffalo's case, it was staked to the
ground, all fat removed,
and the hide allowed to dry to rawhide. The wahintke was sharpened as much as
possible. With the
hide stretched tight you could scrape the hair and membrane off the hair side,
then repeat the
process on the flesh side. Scrapings from the flesh side were used for glue
making (hide glue).
Once all the membrane was removed, the hide was ready to be brain-tanned. We'll
skip a couple
paragraphs of description here of making brain solution, soaking, wringing (hide
not hands), and
about 8 hours of real time.
Once the hide is restrung in the frame, you begin working it dry. Lots of
things work as a tool
here. Baseball bat, canoe paddle handle. The trick is to rub the hide as much
and as hard as you
can to stretch the leather fibers until it is completely dry. You don't want it
to dry too fast or
it won't be as soft as it could be. 6 hours is about right. A wahintke is
just about perfect for
this. I discovered this on the first brain-tan hides I ever did. I found I had
not gotten all the
membrane off, so had some hard spots on the hide. I grabbed the wahintke (hey,
I had a dozen hours
into this deer hide at this point) to try to remove the membrane before the
thing dried and I had to
start all over again. It actually did take the membrane off (amazing
considering how slick a
deerhide soaked in brain solution is) and turned out one of the most soft and
fluffy deer hides I
have ever seen. Unfortunately, this is fluffy rawhide, and the first time it
gets wet, it will turn
into shrunken hard rawhide. So the next step is to smoke the hide (yeah, yeah,
I know. They're
hard to light.) for 4-8 hours depending on the method you use. Large
pamphlets/small books written
on this subject.
Anyway, you end up with a chunk of leather softer than the flannel used to pat a
baby's butt, with a
distinctive wood smoke smell. It gradually fades. 3-5 more northern-sized
whitetail hides and you
have enough for a set of leggings, breechcloth and a shirt, . Scraps would be
used for mocs, bags
or to tie your set of Mother of All Pointy Sticks to your ponies (well your
woman would. Tipi's
belonged to the women, not the men.) when moving camp. Heck, you can even eat
it if you get
desperate enough (Donner party).
On Tue, 22 Nov 2005 10:48:30 -0800, with neither quill nor qualm, mac
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