Working with Fur
There are few people who do not love the feeling of fur, but wearing fur clothing has come under fire in recent years. Animal rights activists point out that commercially raised fur animals are often mistreated, and they do their best to discourage the use of fur in any way. Settlers who moved into areas with harsh winters trapped fur animals, and they cured hide or fur for sale. They often made their own fur garments for warmth in winter, but most of what they caught was to buy vital supplies.
Today, there are still fur trappers in the remote corners of the world. There are those who capture these animals and breed them, but fur trapping has become less controversial than raising caged animals. Curing hides and furs is not yet a lost art, and it will continue as long as there are buyers for this beautiful product.