Lake Shore Grass (South of the Rhahime village)
[ obvious exits: N W ]
A fallen tree lies upon the ground, seemingly chopped down in haste.
A stout wooden barrel stands nearby.
An old woman smiles kindly.
say how do I make leather
You say 'how do I make leather'
An old woman says 'Leather is one of the most useful products in the world.'
An old woman says 'Quite a lengthy process to go from a freshly skinned animal hide to fine supple leather.'
An old woman says 'The best leather comes from cows, oxen and bison.'
An old woman says 'First thing you need is some items: a knife, some willow bark, soap and oil.'
An old woman says 'Next thing you need is some willow bark for the tanning.'
An old woman says 'Whenever you have skinned an animal, let me examine the hide.'
An old woman says 'If it is not a skin of sufficient quality it is no use investing time and effort in it.'
An old woman says 'Then find a place where there is sufficient water and preferably a log of some sort.'
An old woman says 'Also a barrel.'
An old woman says 'Put the hide onto the log and scrape the fat and flesh from the hide with your knife.'
An old woman says 'When you have done that you will have to put the skin in the tanning pit.'
An old woman says 'Also put the bark in the pit.'
An old woman says 'When the skins have tanned rinse them with soap by putting them in the barrel.'
An old woman says 'Then you have to get the skin out of the barrel and rub oil into it.'
An old woman says 'Should you need leather straps, you can cut the leather.' Give Scalp Woman
You give the death scalp of a bison slain in Tar Valon to an old woman.
An old woman examines a freshly skinned animal hide.
An old woman says 'Very nice indeed. Now it depends on how well you treat it.'
You wield a long, heavy knife.
Alayla drapes the hide over a tree trunk.
You scrape bits of fat and flesh from the hide with a long heavy knife.
Bits of flesh and fat fall to the ground in flakes.
You work your way across the skin.
Alayla removes the last bits of tissue from the skin.
It is now time to put the bark in the tanning pit.
Put Bark Pit
Alayla places a piece of willow bark in a tanning pit.
You drop a piece of white willow bark.
Alayla puts a hide in a tanning pit.
You cover the tanning pit and wait for the process to end.
You open a pit and take out a skin.
You put a skin in a barrel.
You can now put the soap in the barrel.
Put Soap Barrel
You put a packet of soap in a wooden barrel.
Soap neutralises the acids from the tanning.
Soft water envelopes the skin.
Alayla upends the barrel and lets the soapy waters run off.
You rinse the hide in water.
You take the hide and leave it to dry.
You can now drop the oil on the dried skin.
You drop a cask of fishoil.
Alayla pours oil over a tanned hide, making it supple.
You can now cut straps of leather.
Cut Straps Leather
Alayla cuts thin straps of leather from a large leather hide and places them on the ground.
You drop a freshly skinned hide.