DIY Coonskin Cap

Craft and don a coonskin cap like the pioneering greats Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett with this instructional guide.

September 16, 2013

Edited By Abigail R. Gehring

Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills, the kind employed by our forefathers, and adapt them for a better life in the 21st century need look no further than the eminently useful, full-color guide, Back to Basics (Skyhorse Publishing, 2008). The following DIY coonskin cap guide is excerpted from Part 5, “Skills and Crafts for House and Homestead.”

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Back to Basics.

 Back to Basics Book Cover  Coonskin Cap

The coonskin cap has been an American favorite from pioneer days to the age of television. Its origins predate the arrival of the white man — the oldest painting of an American Indian shows an individual wearing a round hat with a raccoon tail attached to the crown. By the time pioneers were beginning to settle Kentucky and Tennessee, the coonskin hat had evolved into the hunting cap that we associate with Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett.