Monday, 24 January 2011

Rabbit Gum Project 1 (unfinished)

Hey everybody sorry it has been so long since I have posted. I realize this is a problem so I have decided to start getting into doing videos. So hopefully there will be many more videos to come.
Lately I have spent much of my time alone. I am a very active person and look at my time as an investment so even as I am alone (which is often the case) I often search for productive ways to save my money or time in order to properly invest my life in something that will prove to be beneficial for myself and others.
The most recent project has been one I call rabbit gum. I have been a hunter and fishermen for as long as I can remember being alive. My father taught me most everything I know about the subject and his father taught him the same. The practice of hunting and trapping is something that is very near and dear to my heart, and I often find it is hard for most people to understand the respect I have for the practice. It is an immediate tie to my family.
Growing up my dad taught me how to build rabbit boxes. A rabbit box is a live trap in which the rabbit is trapped safely in a box until the trapper arrives to check the trap. He then takes the trap and the game back to wherever it is he prepares his food and prepares it for eating.
I have been practicing this trapping method for a very long time, and am currently practicing it. I have not bought meat to eat out in the cabin a while now (maybe three or four months...I have not been counting. It has probably since deer season began with a bang for me.)
These traps are made of scrap lumber. As with many other activities I build in my lonesome. I have begun to realize I have different mannerisms when I am alone than when I am with others so I decided to video myself in order to study it. This is a very raw video of myself in the upper part of the barn at the Hewitt Pottery. I have finished the boxes, but they are not finished in the video. I will upload the second video very soon.... so you can look forward to that!
I would also like to add that I am still trying to figure out my movie program so it is a little choppy, but this is only the beginning. Thanks! let me know what ya think!
Brad Lail