Step 3: Start Skinning

Rachel's camp is known for it's leather-clad tattooed roadwarrior looking residents. Hardcore Bay area artists and degenerates. What better place to skin a badger? Passersby stopped and offered advice and assistance, helping pull and cut on the skin. One was a veternarian. Another was a taxidermist who had skinned badgers before. He said he'd put badger fat on his boots and they never leaked again. He suggested tanning the hide with battery acid. We skinned the badger's anus and started on the legs, but before we got any further various zombie goths, steampunk vampires, and hippies came out from the camp and begged us to do our thing somewhere else. They said, "This is the weirdest thing I've ever seen at Burningman" and "We're vegetarians".

Speaking of anus, badgers are really clean animals. I couldn't believe it. We'd run right over this guy, and his butthole didn't smell at all!! We invited all and sundry to smell it, and sure enough, all agreed there was no smell!! Each time I failed to smell it I'd say something like "If I ever get run over and some badger eats me, he's going to have to put up with my stinky butthole."

People would look at the animal and say "that smells", and we'd say, "really? what smell?" and then they'd pay attention and say "oh, you're right! It doesn't smell!"
Haven't you noticed? It is not nice to murder animals
<p>It ran in front of his car??? He didn't kill it on purpose</p>
you should have just buried it and gave it the respect it deserved as one of Gods creatures.
Don't ya think it'd show more respect to make its death worth something? Like food, in a desert? I believe in God, but I also believe God gave us animals for our use. Badgers, well, they don't serve much purpose in our lives, generally, but it was killed, so better to use God's gift than throw it in a hole in the ground.
oh yea....oops.....i killed it......oh well lets skin and eat it.......yea thats real respectable.....if you accidently killed your child or a family member, what would you do? all Gods living things deserve respect whether it be animal or human. PERIOD.
<p>notice U said living things.... this things dead... if your really worried, read Gen 1v28-30...enjoy? </p>
<p>I was looking for an instructable on tanning when I came across this. Pretty interesting, Like some of the other comments, I admire the attitude of using what you have at hand and not wasting anything. Some of you are very negative out there, I did not realize hippies were so judgemental! I could not find your Tanning 'ible if it's out there, please let me know where I can find it. Thank you and good job!</p>
<p>perhaps you should be skinned too - just to have a taste of it...</p>
Human is dangerous to all things on earth.
<p>No one is forcing you to live here.</p>
It is also dangerous to Earth.
That is not nice to do to animals
You are obviously not from England then, where the badger is a much loved rural animal.
This is one of the first instructables I ever stumbled across and to this day it is still probably my favorite!
Put some clothes on in your next instructable! Make a hat out of this and wear it to a Wisc Badgers game.
when will the tanning instructable be out. My parents and I don't hunt or trap, even though I want to, but I am big in survival, primitive living, and making stuff. I have a lot of PDF's on my computer on tanning skins and preparing game, and would like to add to my collection. Next year I turn 18, though because I am home schooled and going really slow, I am still a sophomore technically, I probably won't graduate till I am 19:( But when I do graduate, my grandmother's friend who owns a cabin not to far from where I currently live is going to let me stay there if I take care of the land for him since he lives in York PA and the camp is here in WV, either in Wheeling or Moundsville. I am also hoping that he will teach me how to hunt.
I'm more interested in tanning people. Both ambiguous meanings meant. Happy Halloween aaaaahhhhahahahhahahhahahahahahhahaha :-) <br> <br>I don't think animals were put on earth for people to use( mentioned above ) <br>I think animals are just as privileged as humans to inhabit the planet. Ted Nugent is a great guitarist, but he does give me the creeps.
<strong>Can these techniques be used with politicians?</strong>
hhhmmmmm yes
&gt;They said, &quot;This is the weirdest thing I've ever seen at Burningman&quot; and &quot;We're vegetarians&quot;.<br><br>I laughed out loud. I've heard that vegetarianism is no longer valid on the playa, and even the most hard core vegans will eat bacon.
Wow, some claws on it! Me being from Wisconsin, I love badgers, never skinned one though! Maybe some day, if the worst should happen and I run one over, now I'll have some idea how to skin it. Thanks.
Why is he in his undies?
Because it's Burning Man!
Haha, it just gives me laughter everytime I see it! :)
I, am disturbed.
Scarred for life.
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I met a guy at my hunter's safety program who had the hide of pretty much anything you could want
Why on earth would u skin a badger?
What a poser!
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what could you possibially want with badger skin?!?
there is only one thing for sure ... i wasnt expecting to see something like this on this site the community should at least take down the pictures this is cruel the pictures posted and the whole instructable offends me <br />
If you don't like it, don't look: the title is VERY clear that this is about skinning a badger!<br /> <br /> The pictures are educational. An instructable isn't very instructive without pictures.<br /> <br /> It is in no way whatsoever 'cruel' to skin and utilize a DEAD animal. It's dead. Cruel would be to hit it and not even stop to check if it was still half alive. Cruel is skinning snakes alive for the amusement of restaurant-goers. Go complain about that, instead of people making the best of an unfortunate situation.<br /> <br /> (BTW that is a very handsome badger!&nbsp;We don't have them in NZ so I've never really seen one before.)<br /> <br /> To the Author/s: kudos for using the grand beast, and not wasting it. Hope the meat was good! What are your plans for its' fur?<br />
The fur sat tanning in battery acid for.. 2 years?&nbsp; And then was finished with a softening tumble-dry in a dryer.&nbsp; I think it came out pretty well!<br />
VERY..................................unusual. :)<br />
&nbsp;Haha. &nbsp;Star is wearing a Birth Advocate t-shirt from my doula days! &nbsp;Glad it came in handy :) &nbsp;I'm sure my co-doula, Gia Schultz, who designed it, would be proud to hear it was featured in a Burning-Man-badger-skinning.
<p>who cares!!! the dude didn't get rabies! lets leave it at that!</p>
Can't help but sing the badger song.<br />
Yeah, and as a previous Vet running the facility at Fort Drum, NY, and having to deal with bite cases (I am on record for sending the first positive rabies specimens for testing in the history of upstate NY) I can only say that this sincerely frightens me. I'm sure by now there's nothing left of the badger's brain tissue to send in for testing, and were<br/>I in any position of authority on this one, I would strongly, strongly recommend that any people who came into contact with the badger, or consumed any part of it, be started on post-exposure treatment immediately.<br/><br/>This is not being &quot;overly cautious.&quot; Badgers are carnivores, and tend to be exposed to rabies much more often than other animals. Other more common (and non carnivorous) animals that are highly dangerous: Raccoons, Skunks, Bats, etc. Bats are particularly bad, as they remain infective much longer than most mammals. Some never die from it. There are some colonies that are estimated to be as much as 85% infected.<br/><br/>Yes, they're probably safe, but as Nevada (home of the Burning Man) has one of the highest rates of rabies in the U.S. (since 1926) I don't think I would even CONSIDER messing with an animal I just watched dart out into the road. For all they know, it was chasing an imaginary rabbit, or was very angry at a tree. Eating an animal that darted into the road without first having had a chance to properly observe it (when hunting, for example) is nothing but playing Russian Roulette, only instead of instant death, you get agony and slow on-and-off insanity over the span of a week.<br/><br/>In April of '04, 7 people died in China from rabies due to badger bites. Rabies is a horrible, horrible way to go, first losing control of your muscles, then slowly losing your mind, becoming insane while your consciousness still is fully awake. When in military veterinary school, I had to watch a video from the 60's of a young child dying of rabies. He was given a glass of water and tried to be a &quot;good boy&quot; and drink it (while his arms flailed uncontrollably) but his brain had already hit the hydrophobia stage and would cause him to gag and choke on anything liquid. Imagine being deathly afraid of water, and still knowing there's no reason for you to be. Being insanely angry but also knowing it's just the virus that's killing you that makes you this way. People have been interviewed as they died of rabies, and believe me, that's no way for any living thing to die. Imagine spouts of insanity that last longer and longer as you die, then spouts of completely clarity, remembering everything you did and said while you were insane, and knowing that each moment of clarity will be shorter than the last.<br/><br/>I say again, the symptoms can be as simple as a sore back, or a headache, and once you're symptomatic, look forward to an agonizing death within the next 7 days. Period. You don't survive rabies.<br/><br/>Currently, there is only one person (Jeanna Giese) in history that has ever &quot;survived&quot; rabies. This was because her doctor invented the &quot;Milwaukee Protocol&quot; on the fly, wherein the patient is induced into a severe, very deep, very dangerous coma in the hopes that the body will produce antibodies before it dies.<br/><br/>Today, Jeanna is still relearning everything she knew from childhood, including how to talk, walk, etc.<br/><br/>I've been out of the Army for 10 years now, and I still get my rabies titer checked, and booster shots when necessary. As an avid camper and outdoorsman, there's little out there as dangerous as a disease that can take up to 6 months to show any symptoms, and once it does, you die no matter what.<br/><br/>*phew* *steps off his soap box*<br/><br/>Sorry to hijack like this, but I'm just utterly dumbfounded that someone would do this, much less recommend anyone else do it.<br/>
This is awesome. I thinks it's great you used the whole badger, and it such a far out story.
Should make a silver tip badger brush for shaving. Now that would be cool
<a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.badgerbadgerbadger.com/">http://www.badgerbadgerbadger.com/</a> ha ha ha<br/>
HEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYY!-from "CAMP HEY!! I am a fellow Burner (of the past 7yrs!!), and am counting the days till I return 'HOME' again, for 09! was looking for other things on this website, and imagine my surprise when I 'happened' upon this piece of ART!!! Very interesting, and I will invite you and your crew to stop by our camp site, if you find yourself returning home this year Hope to meet you on the playa! Burner Tink!
HAHAHAHA, badger. cool stuff
I don't know why but I read the article and all the replays and all the hype doesn't either entice me to eating nor plucking, nor skinning a dead anything anytime soon !
It couldn't have been more humane of a kill, hit by a vehicle, quick, done, over. That critter got right into the happy badger heaven with that story, no waiting in line. What's more is the folks driving had the sense to stop and pick it up and eat it. They didn't want to hit it, it was just that badger's time. Why waste food with all the starving people in the world, I wish more people in the world specifically, The U.S. were like you fine folks. Your welcome any time at my camp. As a trapper I'll show you how to skin a few critters in less than a minute some can be skinned 2 per minute. I used to have a recipe for fox can't seem to find it now, typical.

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