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Almost ready...

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Checking arm holes...

   

Getting ready to start. An almost three year old grandaughter inspects everything one piece at a time. The drying frame and the Ugruk skin have a tarp under them to protect the floor.

This skin has been fermented in seal oil, to make hair removal easy. It was then soaked in the Arctic Ocean to let small water animals help clean the skin.


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Inspecting a hole

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Sewing up the hole

   

The front arms of the Ugruk leave holes in the skin, which ideally can be sewn shut to let the skin stretch better on the frame. It isn't absolutely necessary, but Eunice Ahsoak really want to try out the caribou sinew she had made last fall. The sinew is used to sew Ugruk skins that are used on Umiak skin boats.


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Start at the top

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Going across

   

The skin is first tied to the frame across the top, she works from the center to one side.


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Check out camera

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Check out nose

   

Three year old kids are fascinating in their fascination with everything. We took more than one break where every single button on the camera was pressed to see what happened. The shutter button of course was the most interesting, but a very experience kid... she repeatedly tried to see what that nice touch screen LCD would do! (Nothing.)

My fun was pointing out certain aspects of granddaughter that protrude!


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Other side Top

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Now the Bottom

   

After the top is tied from one side to the other, the center of the bottom is tied to the frame.


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Lacing One Side

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Lacing Other Side

   

Then longer pieces of small rope are used to lace the sides to the frame.


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Final touches are applied, and the side lacing is adjusted to evenly stretch the skin.

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Outside

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Finished

   

The skin was just slightly too large for this frame! It isn't really tight the way it should be, but the difference won't be a problem. The time for sewing up holes in the skin was taking too long, so only one hole was sewn shut.


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