Our house is all put together.

We still have many things to do before it’s “complete”, but the bones and musculature are all there.

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With one of the hides I tanned, I made a pair of high top moccasins for Manijeh.

It was a slow but fun process. It gave my hands something to do while also providing a chance to clear my mind.

I used a wonderful tutorial I found on paleo planet to get the basics.

I try not to use synthetic material and it sometimes means I have to take a lot of side paths.

Rather than use synthetic sinew (which is a woven polypropylene) I pounded and shredded elk sinew to get enough strands to reverse wrap into a very strong thread. I spent many hours making thread while chatting with friends or riding in the car. It’s quite relaxing and is art art form in its own right. Learning to splice many smaller pieces into one long, seamless piece takes some time to master.

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And the happy new owner.

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We’ve been working on our foundation. Today we finish up the subfloor and start on the walls. Tomorrow, the roof!

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08 Jul 2014

I would like to describe the feelings associated with these moments, but I have not the words, nor the mastery of poetry required.

Happy birthday, kiddo.

The world is an increasingly more wonderful place now that you’re here.

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