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drum skins--and other imports

updated sat 22 jan 11


Lili Krakowski on thu 20 jan 11

The anthrax enriched hides that sickened some drum-maker are not a =3D
unique example of imported "deadlies" .=3D20

When smoking is banned from many "campuses" and smokers harassed from =3D
pillar to post...and a friend with a chronic sinus problem cannot get a =3D
hundred pill bottle of some medication, because delinquents and other =3D
nit wits use those pills to cook up illegal hallucinogens--we still are =
allowing toxic imports.

Every ten minutes, it seems, imported lead containing toys and like =3D
that are "recalled" --when eleven minutes ago they could have been kept =
out of the country. And I have SEEN lead glazes wares sold at OUR =3D
stores--with teeny 2pt warnings--even for food related use.

A particularly nasty variety of yellow jackets came into the US some =3D
twenty years ago in excelsior--apparently from Germany.

It is weird and discouraging that while we are nannied to hell and =3D
gone, the borders are wide open for imports. Something to think =3D
about...and write our Congressfolk about. Exported jobs and imported =3D
goods create enough tzores, without killing us as well.

Lili Krakowski
Be of good courage

Stephani Stephenson on fri 21 jan 11

Drum skins need not be imported.
years back i worked summers at fort clatsop in Astoria ,OR, and learned t=
make parfleches. (which are native American style rawhide suitcases
basically, with lovely pigment designes on them)
when i returned to E. Oregon for the winter. During elk season , I put =
ad in the paper, offering to pay one dollar for elk hides. I soon receiv=
about 15 hides and started stretching and scraping them to make some. I
made drum skins with some of them., even though most use goat hides, the=

elk hide, thinner parts of it anyway, worked beautifully.

it seemed like a great resource that no one was really making the most o=
Certainly seems preferable to importing skins from Africa.