i want to buy porcupine guard hair. i will pay at least $27 an ounce for it. Or $432 a pound for it. The hair must be piled in one direction like in this picture. The yellow tips should be lined up on the same side and not have alot of under fur and quills in it. I am not interested in hair shorter than 5 inches. That is the shortest length i use to tie roaches with. a simple way to measure is the length of the palm of your hand. i dont want too much hair shorter than that. naturally there will be hair that length and shorter in batches. I just dont want to pay for a lot of short bundles of hair. i can get that from the supply houses.
the next time you see a dead porcupine on the side of the road you can see money laying there. each porcupine should give at least an ounce of hair. I toss carcasses in the trunk. i plucked them later instead of trying to do that while traffic is buzzing by. i would carry a canvas mail bag to put the porky in. i used gloves to pick it up with.
it is easy to pluck the hair off the fresh killed carcass. you simply grasp the very tips of a few hairs between your thumb and index finger then give a slight tug. the hair should come out. try not to grab too many hairs at one time. it wont be easy if the carcass has dried tho. then you would have to soak the hide until the hair can be pulled out. by being careful you dont even touch the quills because they are shorter than the hair. the hair actually stands out from the quills.
i have plucked a number of porcupines and havent stuck myself with a quill yet. you just have to be careful. just remember to keep the hair ends in the same direction. and try not to bend the hair. the hair can be kept straight by keeping it in bundles with a rubber band around it. just dont make the rubber band too tight. you dont need to pluck the entire carcass. just pull the longer hair out. when you get a good supply of hair contact me.
i have been buying porcupine hair for the past 40 years. i buy several pounds of hair each year. i need it for my craft of roach making. i am looking for a long term business deal with anyone that is willing to provide me with hair. i will buy it year after year. it can be a continuing source of extra income every year. the season for winter hair is usually between september and march. a person can make several hundred dollars a year by making use of the porkys that would otherwise be wasted. the hair will be put to use in the making of my art.
i have found that i cant get good hair from many of the supply houses. or from the auction sites. i won’t compete with them in buying hair either. they tend to charge a lot and just give a few strands of long hair. they pull the longer hair out and sell it for more money. i even bought these higher priced bundles of hair and not gotten much long hair. i have bought porcupine hair in pound lots and still didn’t get much long hair. many dancers want roaches with long front hair but they just don’t seem to understand that the average roach maker doesn’t have access to alot of long hair unless he buys in quantity and saves it.
I buy direct from trappers or those willing to pluck hair from porkys. by doing so, we cut out the middle man. we both get a better deal.
i am also willing to make a trade for good hair. i can create a custom made roach for you in trade for alot of porcupine hair. a pound of hair will get you a roach equal to $432, two pounds of hair will get you a roach worth $864 etc.
i do not sell hair. i need it for my roach making art. I definitely will not sell you the long hair I collect. it is to hard to come by.
i want to buy quills too. my wife and i are wanting to try doing quill work. we need quills to do that. make me an offer on all the quills from one porcupine. if i can get a good price i will buy all the quills off 4 or 5 porcupines. we may be willing to buy them every year.