FUR IS THE BEST RENEWABLE RESOURCE THE EARTH PROVIDES
In thinking about what it has to offer, the following comes to mind – warmth, food, money, and in days past, even shelter. Fur clothing is absolutely the warmest article you can put on your body, hands down. For me, it was something that brought me back to nature. I moved to Alaska for this elusive dream of living off the land, being self-sustaining and using everything I possibly could in nature for myself and my family. Some of that dream did come true. We did get back to Alaska, and we do live off grid. I sew fur for a living, but not the fancy coats you see on models on runways, but hats and mittens and mukluks made for real people, in really cold conditions. Sure, I’ve made a coat or two, and pillows and blankets – but everything that I make is made to be used and worn. One of the things that most people don’t realize is that when left to her own accord, Nature is a VERY cruel Mother. When populations of any animals becomes overcrowded, disease and starvation are the solutions she provides to create balance. When humans intervene and manage wildlife properly, we can prevent some of that. There are a few places in the States where coyotes run rampant with mange because there are so many of them. I know a few trappers that will trap these coyotes, treat them and let them go to get healthy. Why? Trappers are some of the most down-to-earth critter loving people I know. They don’t trap the animals because they hate them, they trap because of the love of nature and the animals in it. By doing what they do, they help nature do her job. Another reason to wear and use fur is for the health of the earth. Synthetic fibers made from fossil fuels not only are not renewable, they take centuries to bio-degrade in a landfill. They also will not last as long as a fur hat or coat. I know more than a few people that have hats they are still wearing after 20 years! Wearing fur in Alaska is probably the smartest choice people are able to make. With winters that can last up to 8 months or more, and temperatures that can drop to minus 40, it just makes sense. Prime fur in Alaska is like no where else, thick undercoats, long guard hairs make for warm garments. For me, it’s a no-brainer and I do what I love and I love what I do!
Bonnie Brummett – Alaska Spirit Crafts