This card was created by expert outdoors woman and craftsperson Woniya Thibeault. She is skilled in animal processing, hide tanning and leather work, woodworking, and many other traditional and ancestral skills. She has been studying and teaching these arts since the late 1990's, and draws on her Masters degree in Environmental Science to combine a deep understanding of the natural world with the practical applications.
Woniya was the runner up on History Channel's Alone: Season 6, surviving for 73 days in the frozen arctic. Her hunting, crafting and hide tanning skills as essential to her success in this challenging environment as her love for it.
Woniya's card represents her skill-set and her approach to survival. It combines unique tools such as hide scrapers, specialty needles and a leather awl with more traditional survival tools. From bringing in and processing game to tanning the hides and crafting with the leather, the Woniya Thibeault Signature Card has what you need. (Includes free sharpener card)
For more about Woniya, check out her Buckskin Revolution website and Youtube channel. Her offerings provide not just a learning experience, but a deeper appreciation for the natural world.
The fleshing tool can be used as is, with the smaller end for fleshing hard to get at areas of small fur bearers, while the larger end is designed for more general work. To use as a dry scraper, increase the bebel on the wide end using the sharpening card and haft onto a handle at a 70 degree angle with a secure lashing.
Alternatively it can be hung from the hole to use as a fishing lure.
The wet scraper/saw is meant to be used with a wooden handle to flesh and scrape hides over a rounded beam. To use, find and cut a green branch roughly 18" long and comfortable to hold. Cut or saw a slit lengthwise in the middle the length of the scraper blade and set the scraper into it with the saw side in and scraper side out. The holes can be used to remove the blade from the handle after using, or for attaching a wooden handle to one or both sides to use for sawing or alternative handles, but note that the scraper is more likely to flex with use with this type of handle.
The awl is meant to be used for sewing with leather lacing (thong). It can be used as is or set into a handle. Simply bore a hole into a small piece of rounded wood and drive the back end of the awl into it.
The J hook needles are a favorite of woniyas for sewing leather with needle and thread, far easier to hold than straight needles once you get the hand of them, while the straight needles are great for fabric sewing or repairs.