Hooding, & Hoodmaking - Jim Nelson - Hard Bound - 582 Pages
This is a comprehensive
book on Hoods, Hooding and Hoodmaking for raptors from around the world. It
will prove to be of great value to falconer's, bird-abatement specialists,
rehabilitation experts, zoos, and all others requiring hoods and hooding
techniques for these birds. This massive work on the subject has taken many
years to prepare and fine tune and the result is well worth the wait.
The book's first
section describes the hoods themselves, a history of their probable
development, and their proper fit and usage.
The second section is
dedicated to describing how to properly hood train various raptor types,
discussing a wide range of approaches to successful hood training, all tied
together under one unifying hood-training formula: F + O + R = Hood Training
(Fit, Opportunity, Reinforcement = Hood Training). It includes much on
difficult-to-hood troublesome hawks.
The third section is
devoted to the manufacture of hoods, covering the equipment and materials
needed, as well as an array of practical manufacturing techniques for the
making of most falconry hoods. Among instruction for making the traditional
hood types comes the unveiling of manufacturing techniques for the darted-Dutch
and other darted hoods, designed by Jim Nelson to resemble and fit like blocked
hoods without the requirement of the block itself.
APPENDICES The book's
last section contains ample appendices, which cover issues such as hood sizing
for most raptor species globally; correct leather types and thicknesses to be
applied to a variety of hood types and sizes; and a full array of patterns that
should satisfy the hooding needs of all falconers and raptor handlers
A comprehensive index
rounds out the field of useful components in this ambitious work on one of the
foremost of important falconry topics.
5170 Hoods, Hooding, & Hoodmaking. $59.95 (Weight is 6 pounds.)
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