STRETCHING BOARDS—WHEN ON A TRIP
STRETCHING BOARDS—WHEN ON A TRIP—When you are out on a tramping trip what do you use to stretch your hides on Do you take boards out with you?
Most trappers have boards which they use year after year. They are a part of the outfit, kept in the line camps or in the home garret. To get these boards the trapper on the ground usually splits them out of pine, spruce or other easily whittled wood, using spare time, and measuring from standard patterns he has purchased or traced or devised himself. My own woods line trapping has been under the pack basket, and carrying stretching boards was out of question; they had to be cut in the timber, either boards from old lug camps or blocks split and then whittled down. I’ve known a few aristocratic trappers who used hardwood stretchers for mink, marten and weasels, and they were beauties, well worth the care with drawshave, plane, glass and sandpaper used to get them down to just the right size and shape.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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