Making a Tipi
Creating a quality tipi the original way is a long process. The hide must be scraped from the carcass of a buffalo, brain tanned, and stretched to ensure durability. I use an elkhorn scraper to flesh a buffalo hide of meat and fat. Also, I use a bar flesher supported by a strap around my wrist, which is used along the edges of a fresh buffalo hide.
It is important to note that the Indians did not waste any part of the buffalo, and neither do I.