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by Ernest Thompson Seton

Make 2 baskets of different designs and shapes (each large enough to hold 2 quarts) of rope, raffia, grass, rattan, splits, pine needles or willow. Weave a hat of straw or corn husks. Either for coup; both for grand coup.

The two coups following are alternates-that is, may not be counted both by the same person for Sagamoreship or lower degree.

Do 1 of the following for coup; 2 for grand coup:

(a) Make a broom from broom corn, raised and prepared by self.

(b) Make a "Boonder broom" (scouring brush) in floor-scrubbing size with handle (one piece), total length of handle and broom 4 feet.

(e) Make from hard bone a corn-husking peg of practical usable size, fitted with finger straps of strong leather, and husk 5 bushels of corn with this peg.

(d) Make a set of wooden hinges and latch, and fit these to a door so that it hangs true and latches well.

Do 1 of the following for coup; 2 for grand coup:

(a) Make solid "four-posters" for a willow bed, and make a stout bench from split logs, with driven legs (no nails).

(b) Build a useful foot bridge by felling a tree whose logs shall span a stream or chasm at least 25 feet between the two natural abutments on which the log rests. ( Note: The stump may form one abutment, provided the foot bridge may be made readily accessible by means of a dirt fill, stone approach or gangplank of natural material.)

(c) From a log hew a plank (not a slab) not more than 3 inches thick in any part, and not less than 10 feet long.

(d) Split from a log, ready for use, 200 shingles. The use of a saw and plane not permitted for either this or the preceding. An auger may be used.

For Further Information, See: The Birch Bark Roll






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