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The MA Bip Library



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No, it's not skinning bucks............ Developed and maintained by jp finn


Just want to pass on a signal? Hey, jp!



Opinions and musings of JP Finn. I did it, so it must be my fault.

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JP A little background on me (very little):
I bought my first BP gun in the fall of '69. (.62 cal smoothbore caplock -"made in Spain" brand) Nevada jackrabbits learned to hide that winter.
Played in the hills of North Idaho / Montana off and on for a couple decades, decided I wanted a little more summer than was offered, and moved down to Florida. Fell into the North Florida/South Georgia reenacting circuit as a ner-do-well/deer hide trader in the 1790 time frame. (I was the guy out on the edge of the camp that nobody knew) Soon as I got comfortable at that, I packed up and moved to Missouri. Now, I'm trying to move up to the 1810-1830 era. Old habit are hard to break.

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Library Index


The MA Bip FAQ

What started it and all that stuff.

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The Personna Series

Another way to develop a Personna with examples of how it works for me.

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Trapping

It has been a life long sideline. Where it all started and The Early Years.

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Trapping, Part II

After the Burn Barrel Bonfire of '62, the trap prep area moved over to the creek...

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The Care and Use of Ironware by Florence "Mama" Seward

Recieved a new cast iron cooking item? How to get it ready for use and then take care of it.

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Moccasin Making Tips

Ready to make your own? Need a few hints on how to put all the info together to get started?

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Glue and Sinew

Tie up the dog and use some of those other parts of Bambi's Father

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The JP Finn Method for Impressive Journals

Having trouble with your journal? Try my way and never be ashamed of the weather reports you have been keeping!

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The Brushpile

It happened in the backyard. Now I wouldn't part with it

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The Buffalo Hunt?

Well.....More like the preparations for a Buffalo Hunt

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Cold Feet

Experiments in comfort

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Billy "No Crumbs" and the Mouse Attack

My Version. How Billy got his name

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How it Really Was

Billy's Version. You decide which to believe.

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Odds and Ends
A collection of short bits and pieces.

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Cooking
I was at an Event and heard from several people that they couldn't cook. Then I spoke to a person that only attended for the day for the same reason.
Here are a couple easy recipes that are hard to mess up.

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Pease Porridge Hot....and Cold
It was either my cooking or mosquitoes.

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Gun Grease
Don't let those 'Skinners fool you. The best recipe is right here

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On Dressing the Part by Phil Jose
Phil was part of a roundtable discussion with George Neumann.
(collecter and writer - Collector's Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution ring a bell?)
Anyway, George said...
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About Fire Pits
One of the side benefits of being a 'skinner is all the skills that you develop. Not all of the skills are developed on purpose…
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The Cabool Capers
Way back in Nov of '99, I went for a small Woods Walk with Dwayne and Company. Here's what really happened...
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"Brain" Tan
So someone gave you a deer hide. What are you going to do with it?
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Chemical Translations
Have an old recipe, but don't know what that stuff is?
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An Intro to Home Dyeing
You have this sneaking suspicion that white is not a good choice for living in the woods and remaining stylish...
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Stuffed Breakfast Apples
Another easy recipe to try!
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Camp Hints and Tricks
Little ways to make a camp just a little more comfortable



If you want to plaver, do so. Hey, jp!


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Submissions for the Story page cheerfully accepted!
I am happy to post "Guest" 2 Cents Worth. The pay is all the fan mail you can gather.
Humor, Tips and Tricks, How-To, and I was There! type articles that pertain to the 'skinning lifestyle are in great demand.
There is a need for reports on Club doing's in the 4 State area. Think of it as a recruiting tool.

Articles should be under 1500 words, sent as an ASCII text file or plain text, either HTML ready or I can code it for you.
Pictures should be in JPEG format, under 80K in size and have permission by the people in the image to be published. (I don't check, but that's the rule.)
Like to, but don't think you can write? Hey, that doesn't stop me!



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