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#3453947 - 12/01/12 09:35 AM Beaver fur vs. Coon for making mittens
Dr. Beaver Offline
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Registered: 01/17/07
Posts: 35
Loc: NW North Dakota
I've made beaver mittens and they are awesome. I need another pair of mittens though and don't have much for beaver around me. I do have plenty of raccoons though.

Do you think raccoon mittens will be as good as beaver in terms of warmth and durability? My suspicion is that coon will not be as good as beaver. Anyone have any thoughts?

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#3454015 - 12/01/12 10:55 AM Re: Beaver fur vs. Coon for making mittens [Re: Dr. Beaver]
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Registered: 08/08/11
Posts: 999
Loc: james bay frontierOnt.
Beaver is better-more durable.Coon will do.I use moose hide on the palms for a working mitt and elk on the ones for town people.

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#3454032 - 12/01/12 11:22 AM Re: Beaver fur vs. Coon for making mittens [Re: Dr. Beaver]
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 2400
Loc: SW Alaska
For warmth it is probably equal until you get to extreme temps of -20 or more then the beaver is best. If wet snow is an issue the beaver will out shine the coon same with the durability.
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#3454277 - 12/01/12 03:06 PM Re: Beaver fur vs. Coon for making mittens [Re: Dr. Beaver]
Dr. Beaver Offline
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Registered: 01/17/07
Posts: 35
Loc: NW North Dakota
Thanks guys. You've confirmed my suspicions.

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#3454357 - 12/01/12 04:00 PM Re: Beaver fur vs. Coon for making mittens [Re: Dr. Beaver]
roger46 Offline
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Registered: 03/30/08
Posts: 176
Loc: winchester NH.
may be a stupid question but do you put the fur in or out.
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#3454396 - 12/01/12 04:26 PM Re: Beaver fur vs. Coon for making mittens [Re: Dr. Beaver]
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#3454575 - 12/01/12 05:51 PM Re: Beaver fur vs. Coon for making mittens [Re: roger46]
Dr. Beaver Offline
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Registered: 01/17/07
Posts: 35
Loc: NW North Dakota
Originally Posted By: roger46
may be a stupid question but do you put the fur in or out.


I asked the same question before I made my first pair. I have limited experience here, but here is my opinion. You want it fur out, the same way an animal wears it. When you make them fur in, the fur can tend to get compressed and then loses its insulative quality.

Fur out does have some problems though. The fur can get worn off, leaving just leather. I made my wife a pair of mittens that she wore when riding her bike to work in winter. The fur ended up getting worn off where she gripped the handles on the bike. You also have very little dexterity or ability to grab/ grip things, particularly with long, dense fur like that of beaver. My beaver mittens are very warm and great for walking to work or ice fishing, but not so good for anything that wear off the fur like chopping wood. Also not so good for anything that requires you to grab smaller objects than say the handle of an ice fishing pole. By the way, other than fur getting worn off, I've no trouble with seems coming apart, leather tearing or anything else.

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#3454667 - 12/01/12 06:34 PM Re: Beaver fur vs. Coon for making mittens [Re: Dr. Beaver]
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Registered: 08/08/11
Posts: 999
Loc: james bay frontierOnt.
You dont want fur on the front of the thumb or the palm,just leather there and fur on the back.

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#3454696 - 12/01/12 06:50 PM Re: Beaver fur vs. Coon for making mittens [Re: Dr. Beaver]
Wolfwoman Offline
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Registered: 05/11/07
Posts: 1817
Loc: Chickaloon, Alaska
Like this....
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#3454765 - 12/01/12 07:24 PM Re: Beaver fur vs. Coon for making mittens [Re: Dr. Beaver]
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Registered: 11/13/12
Posts: 1
Loc: NW Indiana
Those are amazing, you are truley an artist.

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#3455207 - 12/02/12 12:23 AM Re: Beaver fur vs. Coon for making mittens [Re: Dr. Beaver]
Wolfwoman Offline
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Registered: 05/11/07
Posts: 1817
Loc: Chickaloon, Alaska
Thank you :-)
Just an ordinary pair of gauntlets.
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#3455485 - 12/02/12 09:16 AM Re: Beaver fur vs. Coon for making mittens [Re: Dr. Beaver]
alaska viking Offline
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Registered: 12/25/07
Posts: 1855
Loc: juneau, alaska
Those look just like the pair she made for me! grin
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#3456278 - 12/02/12 05:18 PM Re: Beaver fur vs. Coon for making mittens [Re: Dr. Beaver]
roger46 Offline
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Registered: 03/30/08
Posts: 176
Loc: winchester NH.
great info. Thank you.

I doubt mine will look like yours,but should be effective for the snomobile and atv
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#3456325 - 12/02/12 05:38 PM Re: Beaver fur vs. Coon for making mittens [Re: Dr. Beaver]
Wolfwoman Offline
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Registered: 05/11/07
Posts: 1817
Loc: Chickaloon, Alaska
The don't have to be pretty to work. Good luck!
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