July 25: Back at the ole’ Homestead Museum


Crab legs, anyone?  This looks like the size they catch on “Deadliest Catch”!  For those of you who don’t know what that is, it is a TV show about crab fishermen in the Bering Sea.026

These birds are puffins.  Jerry saw some, along with sea otters, resting on floating Sargasso mats when he went on his halibut charter.035

This is a snowy owl.  The diorama background was painted by a local man.  It looks very realistic.031

I know we have mentioned burls before.  They are the growths on certain types of tree trunks.  They are often used to make beautiful bowls such as this one which is approximately 18″ across.032

This is one example of a seal oil lamp.  They used dried grasses and other vegetation rolled up to make a wick.033

This lamp is made of marble (very fancy), but unfortunately it looks like a bedpan to me. (Jerry told me not to say that.)042

Outside there were two fishing boats displayed.  The first was the Bristol Bay fishing boat which used gill nets to gather the fish.  There were canneries all over this area at the time.043

This is the Bristol Bay fishing boat.


This is another type of fishing boat which used nets that drew up like purse strings to catch the fish.  045

Notice the “ribs” inside the boat.  Each pair was made from the “knees” of a single birch tree.  First the tree was chopped down and taken to the mill to be made into planks for the sides of the boat.  Then the “knees” of the tree, the part where the trunk meets a large root on each side, were used to make the ribs.  See next picture.044A template was place over the knee to cut out the ribs. Because each pair of ribs came from a single tree, they were balanced perfectly.

More tomorrow on building styles of log cabins.  I never knew there was more than one way to build a log cabin.008

This has nothing to do with homesteading or fishing.  It is a sapphire lobelia that I thought was just gorgeous.  The color is so vibrant.


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