Bead Art by Deb McQueen

Sewing Salmon Skins

I attended a wonderful workshop today. Joel Issak  was a great instructor, very patient and he really knows his salmon skins. He has made everything from vests and wallets to ladies high heels ! Fairbanks Arts Association hosted the class in Fairbanks. It was part of the Dena’ina Way of Living program sponsored by the Rasmusson Foundation.

I got a good start on a small project, skin needs to dry before I can finish. I have plenty of skin for a few more small projects.  We learned how to properly skin a salmon and cure the skin. We even got to bring home some wonderful silver salmon for dinner!

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skinning the fish
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my skin, ready to be scraped
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scraped, ready for washing/curing
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soaking in ultra concentrated solution
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extra fins and collar
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Joel Issak’s Mukluks
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washed, cured, ready to sew
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skin pouch, will mold and add finishing touches

 

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