Fur Coat From Roadkill

Just laid out most of my roadkill skins with an eye to making a coat. Problem is, I hate to cut off the faces, especially foxes, Bobcats. May just pin together, keep rearranging…just think, these were just all going to rot on road…

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

6 Responses to Fur Coat From Roadkill

  1. QUAIL333 says:

    Have a leather vest custom made with selected pelts on the front as panels.

  2. Lloyd Kahn says:

    I only hit 2 of these 20 or so animals…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Lloyd, I have the idea that I have seen pictures of coats made out of entire pelts (head/tail included),and they were often pieced together with heads at the bottom? Maybe it is easier to configure?

    this is the only link I could find somewhat showing same.


    The other idea I had, maybe it would be easier to make mukluks out of them?

  4. Your blog is the first thing I check on the computer … and it often sends me off exploring or, in this case, revisiting. Thus, just finished listening to Jean Craighead George's My Side of the Mountain with Christian Rummel's pitch-perfect narration. I used to assume that all kids dreamt of running away to the woods. Anyway, I post this in the (unlikely) event you didn't already read it when it first came out in 1959.

  5. Is that a grey house cat at the bottom? What's the spotted brown one?

  6. Lloyd Kahn says:

    Grey one is squirrel. Spotted one on lower right is spotted skunk. No house cats!

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