Deerskins were used to produce buckskin, as well as a chamois like
leather, used for making gloves, moccasins, and bookbinding.
Beaver furs resisted water and were used for men’s hats. A high quality skin
weighed almost two pounds and was priced between four and six dollars.
Beaver skins were known as "plews." Freshly caught beaver were skinned and "hooped" on willow branches to dry, taken off the hoops, and folded in half. Then they were pressed into pack that weighed 80 to 100 pounds for transport.
|A trapper's camp, curtesy of the Museum of the Mountain Men, Pinedale, WY|