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Nov 29, 2021 - 8:34:38 AM
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9651 posts since 3/19/2009

Funny.. Up ahead on the road I saw what I thought was a run of the mill road killed opossum. Much to my surprise I discovered it to be a groundhog. Like any red blooded, ex back to the lander would have done... I drove around the block and picked it up. It had been run over multiple times so I was sure it was Dead.. However, after having driven about one mile with the deceased groundhog on the passenger side floor of my car, I encountered an ambulance coming my way, lights flashing and siren sounding... Dang, should I have left the groundhog on the road? Has a call been made to the animal rescue people??
After arriving home, I quickly separated the skin from the rest of the carcass and it it now drying, ready to be made into...somethinglaugh

How is your Holiday season coming along?

Nov 29, 2021 - 11:22:36 AM
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5648 posts since 9/26/2008

Head a banjo with it.

Nov 29, 2021 - 11:33:59 AM
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9651 posts since 3/19/2009

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Originally posted by ChickenMan

Head a banjo with it.


I'm done with banjos..!! However I did notice that the raw skin near the head is well over 1/8 inch thick.. Impressive.. I see a new wallet in my future.

Nov 29, 2021 - 12:42:18 PM
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9651 posts since 3/19/2009

I made a few calls. Seems that because of supply line problems, they are consistently out of Groundhog Helper.

Nov 29, 2021 - 5:58:46 PM
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247 posts since 9/6/2011

I hope that G-----H-- Peggy does not hear about this. Bad juju!

Edited by - imapicker2 on 11/29/2021 17:59:34

Nov 29, 2021 - 6:06:04 PM
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9651 posts since 3/19/2009

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Originally posted by imapicker2

I hope that G-----H-- Peggy does not hear about this. Bad juju!


Gosh, never thought of that.. Well I DID rescue the carcass and did treat it with respect!!!!   Never did hear how she got that name!!

Nov 30, 2021 - 6:37:15 AM
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DougD

USA

10389 posts since 12/2/2007

I hope it wasn't one of her friends or relations!

Nov 30, 2021 - 7:25:23 AM
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12681 posts since 9/23/2009

Yes I am deeply disturbed by this...lol. Don't you have to rub the hide down with brains or something to tan it properly? You ain't gettin' a hold of my brain, but I mean, somebody else's brain.

Nov 30, 2021 - 7:32:35 AM
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9651 posts since 3/19/2009

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Originally posted by groundhogpeggy

Yes I am deeply disturbed by this...lol. Don't you have to rub the hide down with brains or something to tan it properly? You ain't gettin' a hold of my brain, but I mean, somebody else's brain.


Don't worry, I'll use egg yolk as a tanning agent..!!

Nov 30, 2021 - 1:56:28 PM

12681 posts since 9/23/2009

You gonna fry it up to eat or tan it to put on a banjo????

Nov 30, 2021 - 2:07:41 PM

9651 posts since 3/19/2009

Frankly, it had been run over so many times, YUK, that with the exceptions of the tail and feet.. all of the bones and offal were MUSH... It wasn't pretty, I telz ya. At one point I even asked myself if I was in my right mind for having tackled the project (no comments, please)............Nothing internally would have been salvageable HAD I had a desire to use it... However, the good condition of the hide is a testament to how tough a Groundhog is!!!!!

Nov 30, 2021 - 2:45:59 PM

Quincy

Belgium

231 posts since 1/16/2021

Hahaha, I love this story.

That piece of skin would be an excellent prey for a dog's flirt pole! My Dixie would go nuts, I know for sure.

Nov 30, 2021 - 5:15:36 PM

9651 posts since 3/19/2009

quote:
Originally posted by Quincy

Hahaha, I love this story.

That piece of skin would be an excellent prey for a dog's flirt pole! My Dixie would go nuts, I know for sure.


What is a flirt pole???

Dec 1, 2021 - 8:29:44 AM
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12681 posts since 9/23/2009

I know the old folks used to brag about their groundhog hide shoestrings, but I don't remember hearing if they had to tan the hide to make those. Supposedly those shoestrings would outlast many pairs of boots and get you through a lifetime.

Dec 1, 2021 - 8:30:54 AM
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12681 posts since 9/23/2009

So my point being, if the hide doesn't work out for the banjo, maybe you could go into the super long-lasting and tough shoe string business, Lee!!!

Dec 1, 2021 - 10:04:11 AM
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9651 posts since 3/19/2009

quote:
Originally posted by groundhogpeggy

So my point being, if the hide doesn't work out for the banjo, maybe you could go into the super long-lasting and tough shoe string business, Lee!!!


That hide is TOUGH.. I 'm thinkin of making some socks that won't ever develop holes!!

Dec 1, 2021 - 12:21:17 PM
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159 posts since 7/30/2021

quote:
Originally posted by TuneWeaver
quote:
Originally posted by Quincy

Hahaha, I love this story.

That piece of skin would be an excellent prey for a dog's flirt pole! My Dixie would go nuts, I know for sure.


What is a flirt pole???


A flirt pole for dogs is like a very large cat toy! smiley
A pole with a long string, and something to chase/hunt attached to the end...
My dog loves it and once he "catches" his "prey" (long flat stuffed animal i.e. fox) he'll give it a good hard shake...

Dec 1, 2021 - 1:13:46 PM
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Quincy

Belgium

231 posts since 1/16/2021

quote:
Originally posted by NCnotes
quote:
Originally posted by TuneWeaver
quote:
Originally posted by Quincy

Hahaha, I love this story.

That piece of skin would be an excellent prey for a dog's flirt pole! My Dixie would go nuts, I know for sure.


What is a flirt pole???


A flirt pole for dogs is like a very large cat toy! smiley
A pole with a long string, and something to chase/hunt attached to the end...
My dog loves it and once he "catches" his "prey" (long flat stuffed animal i.e. fox) he'll give it a good hard shake...


Exactly! 

I'm about to make one myself this weekend.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iGjaVUKjxw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVGIu-aaxb4

Dec 2, 2021 - 1:54:02 PM
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WyoBob

USA

311 posts since 5/16/2019

quote:
Originally posted by groundhogpeggy

So my point being, if the hide doesn't work out for the banjo, maybe you could go into the super long-lasting and tough shoe string business, Lee!!!


"Skin him out and tan his hide
Best dern shoestrings ever I tried, groundhog!"

 

BTW Lee.   I can't make it for dinnersurprise
 

Dec 2, 2021 - 2:18:30 PM
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9651 posts since 3/19/2009

quote:
Originally posted by WyoBob
quote:
Originally posted by groundhogpeggy

So my point being, if the hide doesn't work out for the banjo, maybe you could go into the super long-lasting and tough shoe string business, Lee!!!


"Skin him out and tan his hide
Best dern shoestrings ever I tried, groundhog!"

 

BTW Lee.   I can't make it for dinnersurprise
 


But, but... the bisquits are in the oven!!!!!

Dec 2, 2021 - 2:38:56 PM
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159 posts since 7/30/2021

We got a lot of mileage over one run-over groundhog, I must say! :-)

Dec 2, 2021 - 2:42:11 PM
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9651 posts since 3/19/2009

quote:
Originally posted by NCnotes

We got a lot of mileage over one run-over groundhog, I must say! :-)


Keeping an inane topic going is my "gift" to humanity!!

Dec 7, 2021 - 2:22:01 PM
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9651 posts since 3/19/2009

Well, the groundhog skin has found a home.. I'm using it to 'back' an archery bow that I'm building...!

Dec 9, 2021 - 3:22:12 PM
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9651 posts since 3/19/2009

OK. The archery bow was my FIRST attempt to build such an item.. and guess what.. I had it strung up, was testing the poundage of the pull .....and the bow broke in half.. So much for groundhog backing.. should I have tried skunk??? Anyway, I calmly cut the bow into little pieces and threw it into the garbage can.. I wasn't disappointed, angry, or sad... I KNOW that what looks like failure is just a learning experience.. I've had a LOT of wood break during my years of bending wood for banjos... No, I have no plans to start another bow soon, but I don't feel like I failed.. I tried something and that something didn't work. Had I tried again maybe I'd have a functional archery bow..... nothing more and nothing less.... Such is life..

Dec 23, 2021 - 1:26:34 PM
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bsed

USA

4192 posts since 6/23/2007

quote:
Originally posted by TuneWeaver

Funny.. Up ahead on the road I saw what I thought was a run of the mill road killed opossum. Much to my surprise I discovered it to be a groundhog. Like any red blooded, ex back to the lander would have done... I drove around the block and picked it up. It had been run over multiple times so I was sure it was Dead.. However, after having driven about one mile with the deceased groundhog on the passenger side floor of my car, I encountered an ambulance coming my way, lights flashing and siren sounding... Dang, should I have left the groundhog on the road? Has a call been made to the animal rescue people??
After arriving home, I quickly separated the skin from the rest of the carcass and it it now drying, ready to be made into...somethinglaugh

How is your Holiday season coming along?


I hope it don't 'wake up' now laugh

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