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Rolled Leather Anklets

June 22nd, 2016

Rolled Leather Anklets

I was introduced to rolled anklets the other day and worked out a pattern. The full templates are attached at the bottom of this post as a downloadable PDF.  The patterns are drawn to scale.

Raptor Anklet Patterns (Downloadable PDF)

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Cedar’s New Hood

November 9th, 2012

Cedar’s New Hood

Over the summer this year I was admiring a fellow falconer’s new Kestrel. He had a hood made for it and it was very small and very fine quality. The hood-making aspect of falconry is another craft and hobby that I’m just not willing to dive into yet, if at all. More hours of dedication and enthusiasm for another art form does not appeal to me in my current family lifestyle. Since Cedar could not wear the one large hood that I have, I needed to get one specifically just for her. The new hood is a size 22 blocked Indian-Style hood made by Chris Proctor (http://proctorhoods.com/). It is quite the fine piece of art and the fit is great!

 

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More Falconry Braiding Craft

June 19th, 2012

More Falconry Braiding Craft

I’ve spent more time at the braiding loom (and hardware store) in order to perfect the construction of the perfect hawk leash and here are three examples of what I’ve come up with.  I’ve gathered some feedback from highly experienced falconers in the national falconry community and I am grateful for thier input and expertise. I’ve worked hard to construct leashes that are useful, functional, suitable for the intended purpose and incorporate the sage advice and experience provided by other falconers.

 

This example consists of a snap-shackle to secure the leash to the falconry gauntlet at the D-Ring.  I used two strands of paracord after I took out the center strands. I used a 4-strand braid and wove each loop end through itself in order to hide the cord and strengthen each loop-end connection. The spring snaps at the jess end are secured by a size #11 salt-water split ring and a #8 sampo swivel.  Jesses could be paracord, dacron, or kangaroo.  I’ve used similar leashes with all my red-tails and I look forward to making this one work next season.  This leash is intended for medium to large size raptors such as a female Harris Hawk or a Red-Tailed Hawk.

 

This example was originally the target leash example for a medium size raptor, such as a Cooper’s Hawk, a Goshawk, or a Harris’ Hawk.  There is a locking carabiner that affixes the leash to the falconry gauntlet to the D-Ring.  The leash is a six-strand braid I outlined in a previous post, along with the same #5 swivel and military grade equipment snap.

 

This last picture is an example of what I *might*   😉   use if I followed everyone’s advice that gave feedback to my original post on how to improve my leash setup.  There is a 16-strand triple-twist main halyard used from a sailboat.  Each end has a 23 kilo-newton locking carabiner, strong enough to pull a pick-up truck. Ignoring the fact that the D-Ring on the falconry gauntlet will give out before the locking carabiner does, I’d still need some braided metal rope or bullet jesses to make sure the hawk/falcon can’t chew it’s way through the jesses.  Of course I jest here, but the opinions very widely amongst the falconry community. I placed a quarter in each picture to provide perspective.

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Kevlar Falconry Gauntlet

March 10th, 2011

Kevlar Falconry Gauntlet

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I received a new gauntlet the other day as a replacement / enhancement to my falconry equipment bag.  This Falconry Glove is made with Kevlar; it’s sewn into the thumb and forefinger area of the glove as a further prevention to minimize the ‘grip’ of a raptor, which can be very strong.  At first, this gauntlet is slightly smaller than my full columbia cuff gauntlet, but appears to have the same design.

My first reaction to this new glove is that it’s incredibly stiff and it hurts to move my fingers inside.  So, I’ll have to get some leather conditioner on this gauntlet and work itinto the leather and kevlar to make it usable. I might as well have a stump at the end of my hand!  Another friend wondered if they molded the gauntlet from the Hulk! heh!

Stay tuned into my next post where I detail the ballistics report on the glove.  I’m going to try to ‘catch’ a bullet with my kevlar glove!  😉

-Cheers

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Braided Dacron Jesses

August 21st, 2010

Braided Dacron Jesses

It’s taken a bit of time to perfect the techniques, however I am pleased to say that my efforts have not gone unrewarded. After reading through some braiding tutorials and tying knots and untying knots for hours, I have a pretty good how-to on braiding dacron jesses. Check out the new how-to in the “How-To: Equipment” section.
I chose 100 lb. test black dacron kite string and then applied a few knots and braiding styles to produce a single piece of equipment that is both strong and functional. The how-to that I put together is more of a set of high-level instructions for creating Jesses, rather than a complete step-by-step instruction manual for braiding and knot tying.  I leave the details up to the experienced pros where applicable.
If you are interested in taking a look at a set of my dacron jesses, please leave me a comment and let me know.

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