PORKY ROACH KIT INSTRUCTIONS

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No other headgear, with the exception of the Plains warbonnet, personifies the North American Indian as much as the hair roach. Historically, its distribution and use covered virtually all tribes of the Plains, Plateau, Great Lakes, and Eastern Woodlands cultural areas. Paintings by artists in the 1830’s reflected the use of the hair roach at that early date, and contemporary use of the porky roach may be seen in the outfits of the Grass Dancer, Oklahoma Straight Dancer, Oklahoma Feather Dancer, Northern Traditional Dancer, and the Old Time dancer.

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Deluxe Porky Kit Includes:

  • 1.5 oz. Porky Hair
  • 3 Natural White Deer Tails
  • 18” Rope Base
  • 1/8 oz. Beeswax
  • 1 Spool Button & Carpet Thread, for tying
  • 27 ft. Base Cord

Standard Porky Kit Includes:

  • 1.25 oz. Porky Hair
  • 2 Natural White Deer Tails
  • 15” Rope Base
  • 1/8 oz. Beeswax
  • 1 Spool Button & Carpet Thread, for tying
  • 27 ft. Base Cord

Economy Porky Kit Includes:

  • 1.25 oz. Porky Hair (1″ shorter than standard kit)
  • 2 Natural White Deer Tails
  • 15” Rope Base
  • 1/8 oz. Beeswax
  • 1 Spool Button & Carpet Thread, for tying
  • 27 ft. Base Cord

ALSO NEEDED: Needlenose pliers, sewing needle, 50-60 straight pins, small pair of scissors (manicure type are best), piece of heavy cardboard approximately 1” x 3”, ruler.

IMPORTANT: Read all instructions carefully before beginning, then reread each section prior to proceeding with that step. The porky roach should take 13 to 18 hours to complete. Do not rush because the time and effort you spend here will make a big difference in the quality of your finished roach.

PREPARATIONS

Wash & Prepare Deertails
The deertails must be washed to remove excess dirt and salt (used to dry & preserve them). Dish washing liquid and a bucket of warm water are recommended. Wash twice, rinse thoroughly, and lay them white side up on clean paper to dry.

Tying Board Construction & Preparation
Construct a tying board as shown in Fig. 1A. Wood screws and carpenter’s glue are best for securing the boards together. Do not use nails, they will not secure the ends properly.

PORKY ROACH KIT INSTRUCTIONS

After assembling this board, or frame, drive a nail into each end at a downward angle. This will be used to secure the base cord. Small, rounded grooves shown in Fig. 1B will help hold the cord in place while tying.

Prepare Tying Bobbin
Prepare a tying bobbin using the spool of “button & carpet thread” furnished with the kit as shown in Fig. 1C. Wind approximately 10 to 15 yds. of the tying string onto this. A rubber band can be used to prevent too much string from unwinding. Let the string out as needed. This “bobbin” of thread is much easier to handle while tying than the whole spool of thread. Note: This thread is also used for tying the deer hair and for sewing the tied rows of hair to the roach base.

SORTING THE PORKY HAIR
You must first sort the porky hair into groups of similar length before tying it. Take a small bunch of hair, about as thick as a pencil, and with the bottom (root) ends of hair down, tap it against a tabletop several times. Hold the hair loosely in your hand as shown in Fig. 2A. This will line up the ends of the hair for sorting. Be sure that all hair has its roots at the bottom of the bunch. See Fig. 2B.

Place the entire bunch of hair between the first two fingers and thumb of your left hand and, holding it over a ruler laid on the table, pull out the hairs, starting with the longest first. SeeFig. 2C.

Separate all the hair into half-inch groups, such as 5”-5.5”, 5.5”-6”, etc. Any hair over 7.5” long should be in one group and all hair under 5” is placed in another. After pulling out all the hair in one size group, tap the bunch down to realign the roots, then sort out all the hair in the next size group. Repeat this until all the hair is sorted. The size categories needed are: under 5”, 5”-5.5”, 5.5”-6”, 6”-6.5”, 6.5”-7”, 7”-7.5”, and over 7.5”. You can now place the sorted hair into separate envelopes to prevent it from getting mixed up.

PORKY ROACH KIT INSTRUCTIONS

TYING THE PORKY HAIR

The porky hair is somewhat easier to tie than deerhair, so we recommend tying it first in order to build confidence & skill in making the knots & handling the small bundles of hair. Deer hair is finer & more difficult to tie tightly, & since this is the row of tying that is seen on the outside of the roach, you must tie it in neat, even bunches. The porky hair allows a little more room for error.

PORKY ROACH KIT INSTRUCTIONS

String the base cord which is the heavy “chalk line” or “cotton cable cord” on the tying board, securing it to the nail. Tie it tightly because it is easier to tie hair to this base cord if it does not give. Mark a 32” length of the base cord in sections as shown in Fig. 3A. For the Deluxe 18” Roach, this will be 38” as shown in Fig. 3B. These marks are where you will change the size of porky Hair that you are tying. These are suggested section widths only! Because the thickness of porky hair naturally varies, it is difficult to say how many hairs should be used in each bundle of tied hair. This number can vary from as few as 12 strands of thick hair to as many as 20 strands of thinner hair. Therefore, you may need to modify these section sizes based on the amount of hair you have in each category. If you find that you have enough hair that is over 7.5” in length, then make room for a section for this at the center. A good method of determining whether you are tying correctly sized bundles of porky hair is by trying to tie from 7 to 10 bundles per running inch. Just measure an inch of your tied hair & count the bundles.

Attaching Your First Bundle

C-clamp the tying board to your worktable to prevent it from sliding, and wax the base cord. Let out 10”- 12” of thread from the bobbin, wax it, and tie it to the base cord at the right end of the 32” section as shown in Fig.4A, use a square knot followed by 2 secondary knots.

Grasp a bundle of approx. 12-15 strands of porky hair from the under 5” length and fold 1/4” of it over the base cord, about an inch to the left of your first knot. Pinch the hair firmly on the base cord using the thumb and forefinger of the left hand, and tie a primary knot with the tying string. (Fig. 4B) Pull the knot snug with a smooth action (do not jerk it), pulling up and to the right. Release the hair and tie a secondary knot as shown in Fig. 4C to secure it firmly. It is important to use bundles of a approximately the same size in order to produce a nice, even looking roach, but it is not necessary to count the strands of hair. Proceed in this fashion, changing hair sizes when indicated by your marks.

After you tie the first section, you will know approximately how much hair it takes to tie an inch of length, and these sections can be adjusted if necessary, as discussed above. When you complete the row, mark the center and cut it off of the tying board.

PORKY ROACH KIT INSTRUCTIONS
PORKY ROACH KIT INSTRUCTIONS

OPTIONAL SECOND ROW OF PORKY HAIR
Often, a short (approximately 5”-6”) row of porcupine hair is added to the front of the roach to give it a fuller look. If you have enough of the longer hair, we suggest doing this. This should be done using the same length hair you used in the front 3 sections of the main row of porky hair.

TYING THE DEER HAIR
This is essentially the same procedure as used with the porky hair. Mark off a 34” section (40” for Deluxe) on the base cord this time, and then mark the center. Using only the white hair from the deer tails, clip off a small bunch using the following method.

Between the thumb and forefinger, grasp a small bunch of deer hair, slightly larger in diameter than a round toothpick or approximately the same size as a 16 penny nail. Tied deer hair should also average around 8 bundles per inch. However, it will require a larger number of strands of deer hair than porky roach hair to accomplish this because the deer hair is much thinner. As you progress, it will become easier to judge exactly the right amount of hair to use in each bunch. Be particularly careful to keep these bunches as close to the same size as possible so as to insure a nice, even looking roach.

Fold approximately 1/4” of the cut end of this bunch of hair over the base cord. Tie the two knots while keeping the hair pinched firmly between the thumb and forefinger on the base cord. When clipping the hair from the tail, try to cut equal lengths (about 3-1/2” long). You cannot trim deer hair after it has been tied. Never cut the top of deer hair. When tying deer hair, it should be remembered that it also varies in length and if some of the hair you are using is longer, it should be placed in the center of the cord, much like the porky hair. This will produce a roach that has a much nicer and more tailored finished appearance. Note: It is natural to try to tie deer hair bunches too large; however, these will come apart and ruin your roach so don’t overdo the bunch sizes! Wax the tying string as you proceed.

OPTIONAL INSIDE ROW OF DEER HAIR
If you wish to have a row of deer hair lining the inside of your roach, you will need to purchase 2 or 3 more deer tails. The inside row of hair is tied about 2” shorter than the outside row, 32” for the Standard Roach, and 38” for the Deluxe 18” Roach.

DYEING OPTION
If you would like a deer hair color other than white, or if the white has a yellow cast to it, dyeing will take care of this. RIT© dye is recommended, and it is best to boil the row of tied deer hair for 7-10 minutes (or to the desired shade), then remove it and hang it up to dry. Next, wash it with a solution of dish washing liquid to remove excess dye and hang it up to dry again. The roach base can be dyed using this same procedure.

PINNING & SEWING

Pin the row of hair onto the roach base, being certain it is centered. The folded ends of the tied hair should face away from the base. If you are making an inside row of deer hair, this should be pinned on first, and then the row of porky hair. Pin the deer hair on next, with the short, folded ends of the hair facing inward so they won’t show. Keep all rows tight and flat against the base while pinning and sewing. The rows should also be even with the bottom of the base. Space the pins no more than 1” apart, and re-pin any areas that are not exactly right. This is a very important step and really affects the appearance of the finished roach so do not rush it. If the tail pulls to one side, loosen that side or pin the other side a little tighter. Sew the hair as shown in Figures, 5A, 5B, & 5C, starting from the front and proceeding 1/2” per stitch, all the way to the back. First sew one side and then sew the other. Do not use a whipstitch! Sew into the knots to hold the hair firmly. Any overlapping hair at the end of the tail should be overlapped and sewn as usual, and about 1/2” of the excess string should be tucked in behind the row so it does not show. If you wish, you may trim it to a perfect fit, but if trimmed, be sure to sew the ends securely in place to prevent the tied hair from coming loose. Also, a small drop of glue here would be a good safety precaution.

PORKY ROACH KIT INSTRUCTIONS
PORKY ROACH KIT INSTRUCTIONS

FINISHING TOUCHES

To shape the roach, you will need a cardboard tube approximately 1-3/4” in diameter by 20” long (22” for the Deluxe Roach), or you can roll up newspaper into a tube of like dimensions. For a permanent storage, we highly recommend one of Crazy Crow’s wooden roach sticks, which also works very well for this shaping process. Wet the entire roach and comb out the hair as shown in Fig. 6A. Place the top of the roach on the tube and fold the tail down, parting the hair to each side of the tube. Comb the hair downward and wrap it all with a 1-1/2” wide strip of white cloth (an old bed sheet works well) or elastic bandage that has been dampened. Be sure to keep the hair & base straight up & down along the tube while wrapping, as this will give the roach its permanent shape, similar to a woman’s permanent. Allow the roach to dry overnight, or it can be placed in the sun to speed the process.

If some of the hair did not turn out straight, repeat the process, but this time wet only the portion you wish to reshape. The roach should be stored permanently on this tube or on a wooden stick to maintain its form. See Crazy Crow’s Roach Care Instructions for further details on this.

MAKING A SPREADER

A roach spreader can be made from leather, bone, elk antler, brass, or German silver. Leather is the easiest material to work with and we offer the following instructions for a simple style. Cut a piece of heavy leather (strap leather works quite well) so that it fits on the base and just touches the inside row of hair. Punch a hole over the hole in the base. Punch another hole 1/2” from the first hole. See Fig. 7. Take an 8” piece of coat hanger and, using pliers, bend it as in Fig. 8A. Run the long end up through the back hole and tape or stitch the other part of the wire to the bottom of the spreader. If you prefer a 2-socket style spreader, run both ends of the wire up through the base as shown in Fig. 8B. Tie a knot in the middle of a shoe or boot lace and slip both ends through the first hole in the spreader and then through the hole in the roach base. See Fig. 9. Run a second lacing through the roach base itself, about 5”-6” up from the tail end.

Your roach is now ready to wear!

PORKY ROACH KIT INSTRUCTIONS
PORKY ROACH KIT INSTRUCTIONS

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  • base cord
  • tying cord
  • beeswax
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Our genuine Porcupine Hair Roach Kits contain the highest quality materials, with the only difference being length and quantity of the porcupine guard hair and number of deer tails included. Each kit contains porky hair, enough deer tails for an outside row of hair, a ready-made hand-braided yarn base in an appropriate color, base cord, tying cord, beeswax, and our highly detailed & well illustrated instructions so you will be able to make your own fine quality, genuine porky hair roach.

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Order Instructions:Select deer tail color desired.

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  • 18" ready-made roach base
  • base cord
  • tying cord
  • beeswax
  • highly detailed, well illustrated instructions

Our genuine Porcupine Hair Roach Kits contain the highest quality materials, with the only difference being length and quantity of the porcupine guard hair and number of deer tails included. Each kit contains porky hair, enough deer tails for an outside row of hair, a ready-made hand-braided yarn base in an appropriate color, base cord, tying cord, beeswax, and our highly detailed & well illustrated instructions so you will be able to make your own fine quality, genuine porky hair roach.

Included are tips and techniques learned over many years of experience, such as sorting porky hair and shaping and storing your roach so it will look good for many years. Select natural white or brightly colored, dyed deer tails by replacing *** in the item number with the color number desired.

We also recommend the excellent video, "Making a Porky Roach" for anyone interested in learning more or up new tips and techniques.

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Standard Porky Roach Kit includes:
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  • 2 deer tails for the outside row of deer hair
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  • base cord
  • tying cord
  • beeswax
  • highly detailed, well illustrated porky roach instructions

Our genuine Porcupine Hair Roach Kits contain the highest quality materials, with the only difference being length and quantity of the porcupine guard hair and number of deer tails included. Each kit contains porky hair, enough deer tails for an outside row of hair, a ready-made hand-braided yarn base in an appropriate color, base cord, tying cord, beeswax, and our highly detailed & well- illustrated instructions so you will be able to make your own fine quality, genuine porky hair roach. Included are tips and techniques learned over many years of experience, such as sorting porky hair and shaping and storing your roach so it will look good for many years. Select natural white or brightly colored, dyed deer tails by replacing *** in the item number with the color number desired. We also recommend the excellent video, "Making a Porky Roach" for anyone interested in learning more or up new tips and techniques.

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Order Instructions:Select deer tail color desired.

Standard Porky Roach Kit includes:

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  • 2 deer tails for the outside row of deer hair (select color)
  • 15" ready-made roach base
  • base cord
  • tying cord
  • beeswax
  • highly detailed, well illustrated porky roach instructions

Our genuine Porcupine Hair Roach Kits contain the highest quality materials, with the only difference being length and quantity of the porcupine guard hair and number of deer tails included. Each kit contains porky hair, enough deer tails for an outside row of hair, a ready-made hand-braided yarn base in an appropriate color, base cord, tying cord, beeswax, and our highly detailed & well illustrated instructions so you will be able to make your own fine quality, genuine porky hair roach.

Included are tips and techniques learned over many years of experience, such as sorting porky hair and shaping and storing your roach so it will look good for many years. Select natural white or brightly colored, dyed deer tails by replacing *** in the item number with the color number desired.

We also recommend the excellent video, "Making a Porky Roach" for anyone interested in learning more or up new tips and techniques.

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About Crazy Crow Trading Post Silverwork

In 1970, Crazy Crow Trading Post started by selling silverwork at powwows, and today, Native American Plains-style silverwork is still an important item produced in house by our silversmiths. We offer many styles of silverwork that fill the needs of powwow dancers and Native American Church members. Our roach spreaders, tie slides, armbands, concho belts and more are essential items for all dancers. Our earrings & pins look great both on and off the dance floor and with over 40 years experience, we produce only the highest quality work in authentic, traditional designs.

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About Crazy Crow Trading Post Silverwork

In 1970, Crazy Crow Trading Post started by selling silverwork at powwows, and today, Native American Plains-style silverwork is still an important item produced in house by our silversmiths. We offer many styles of silverwork that fill the needs of powwow dancers and Native American Church members. Our roach spreaders, tie slides, armbands, concho belts and more are essential items for all dancers. Our earrings & pins look great both on and off the dance floor and with over 40 years experience, we produce only the highest quality work in authentic, traditional designs.

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About Crazy Crow Trading Post Silverwork

In 1970, Crazy Crow Trading Post started by selling silverwork at powwows, and today, Native American Plains-style silverwork is still an important item produced in house by our silversmiths. We offer many styles of silverwork that fill the needs of powwow dancers and Native American Church members. Our roach spreaders, tie slides, armbands, concho belts and more are essential items for all dancers. Our earrings & pins look great both on and off the dance floor and with over 40 years experience, we produce only the highest quality work in authentic, traditional designs.

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About Crazy Crow Trading Post Silverwork

In 1970, Crazy Crow Trading Post started by selling silverwork at powwows, and today, Native American Plains-style silverwork is still an important item produced in house by our silversmiths. We offer many styles of silverwork that fill the needs of powwow dancers and Native American Church members. Our roach spreaders, tie slides, armbands, concho belts and more are essential items for all dancers. Our earrings & pins look great both on and off the dance floor and with over 40 years experience, we produce only the highest quality work in authentic, traditional designs.

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Used by: Men
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You may find other craft ideas for these, but primarily used for the inner and outer rows of the porky roach and tassles for gourd rattles & peyote staffs. Xlarge, white.

Fly Tying Materials

Besides their use in Native American crafts, bucktails, as well as fox (and other tails), natural and dyed saddle hackles and marabou are popular for use in fly tying. Crazy Crow's natural association with these products for their use in American Indian crafts makes us a great source for folks who make fishing lures as well!

See Dyed Saddle Hackles, Dyed Marabou, Natural Saddle Hackles, Fox & other tails.

Dyed Deer Tails

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$6.75

Long haired northern bucktails - select color desired.

You may find other craft ideas for these, but primarily used for the inner and outer rows of the porky roach and tassles for gourd rattles & peyote staffs.

Fly Tying Materials

Besides their use in Native American crafts, bucktails, as well as fox (and other tails), natural and dyed saddle hackles and marabou are popular for use in fly tying. Crazy Crow's natural association with these products for their use in American Indian crafts makes us a great source for folks who make fishing lures as well!

See Dyed Saddle Hackles, Dyed Marabou, Natural Saddle Hackles, Fox & other tails.

Porcupine Guard Hair

Product No. 1825-993-800

(1 oz. pkg)

$59.00

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The porky hair is packaged in 4-6" bundles containing enough varied length hair for a 15" roach.

Horse Hair - Black, 13"-15"

Product No. 1810-014-001

(1 oz)

$2.95

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Horse Hair - Silver Grey, 13"-15"

Product No. 1810-014-010

(1 oz)

$3.25

Horsehair is often used for feather tip decoration on bustles or warbonnets. It is also used for hair roaches (in place of more expensive porcupine hair), scalp locks, and quill and horsehair feather ornaments. Cleaned and washed. 13"-15" length.

Horse Hair - White, 13"-15"

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(1 oz)

$3.50

Horsehair is often used for feather tip decoration on bustles or warbonnets. It is also used for hair roaches (in place of more expensive porcupine hair), scalp locks, and quill and horsehair feather ornaments. Cleaned and washed. 13"-15" length.

Replica Simulated Bone Roach Spreader 6"

Product No. 9233-610-106

$27.50

Finest Quality Simulations
Molded and colored from original pieces, these museum quality reproductions will add authenticity to any outfit, jewelry item, or craft project. Almost impossible to distinguish from the real thing, these replicas are ideal substitutes for genuine articles. All items are made from thermal setting resin, which makes them virtually unbreakable.

Elastic Bandages - 3" x 60"

Product No. 4540-950-001

$5.95

Perfect for wrapping roaches. 3" wide x 60" long.

The very best material for wrapping your new roach is an "elastic (Ace-type) bandage" that is 3" wide. In order to make wrapping easier, always roll the bandage up before beginning.

See Crazy Crow's Porcupine Roach Care & Storage article for complete Porky Roach Care instructions and wrapping stick suggestions.

Roach Sticks

Product No. 4540-900

$7.50

Keep Your Porky Roach Looking Great!

Available in 2 lengths, this roach stick is invaluable when it comes to preserving the look of your prize roach. Comes with free roach care & storage instructions.

Hand Braided Yarn Roach Base - 10"

Product No. 4540-210

$12.95

A hand-braided yarn roach base makes a superior roach and is easier to sew than a rope base, but until now has been much more expensive. We've finally found craftsmen who produce these in excellent quality and at a great price. Available in 8 colors.

7 Sizes - See related items below.

Hand Braided Yarn Roach Base - 12"

Product No. 4540-212

$12.95

A hand-braided yarn roach base makes a superior roach and is easier to sew than a rope base, but until now has been much more expensive. We've finally found craftsmen who produce these in excellent quality and at a great price. Available in 8 colors.

7 Sizes - See related items below.

Hand Braided Yarn Roach Base - 15"

Product No. 4540-215

$13.95

A hand-braided yarn roach base makes a superior roach and is easier to sew than a rope base, but until now has been much more expensive. We've finally found craftsmen who produce these in excellent quality and at a great price. Available in 8 colors.

7 Sizes - See related items below.

Hand Braided Yarn Roach Base - 18"

Product No. 4540-218

$13.95

A hand-braided yarn roach base makes a superior roach and is easier to sew than a rope base, but until now has been much more expensive. We've finally found craftsmen who produce these in excellent quality and at a great price. Available in 8 colors.

7 Sizes - See related items below.

Hand Braided Yarn Roach Base - 20"

Product No. 4540-220

$15.50

A hand-braided yarn roach base makes a superior roach and is easier to sew than a rope base, but until now has been much more expensive. We've finally found craftsmen who produce these in excellent quality and at a great price. Available in 8 colors.

7 Sizes - See related items below.

Hand Braided Yarn Roach Base - 22"

Product No. 4540-222

$15.50

A hand-braided yarn roach base makes a superior roach and is easier to sew than a rope base, but until now has been much more expensive. We've finally found craftsmen who produce these in excellent quality and at a great price. Available in 8 colors.

7 Sizes - See related items below.

Hand Braided Yarn Roach Base - 24"

Product No. 4540-224

$15.50

A hand-braided yarn roach base makes a superior roach and is easier to sew than a rope base, but until now has been much more expensive. We've finally found craftsmen who produce these in excellent quality and at a great price. Available in 8 colors.

7 Sizes - See related items below.

Porky Roach - Outside Deer Hair

Product No. 4545

(Lengths: 6", 10", 12", 15", 18", 20", 22")

$110.00

Base
Length
Front Porky
Hair Length
6" 5-1/2"
10" 6"
12" 6-1/2"
15" 7"
18" 7-1/2"
20" 7-1/2"
22" 7-1/2"-8"
We offer custom porky roaches, featuring one complete row of porcupine guard hair around the base plus 1 or 2 extra rows in front for the proper fullness. Brightly dyed deer hair completes the roach, with a single outer row. Select your deer hair color from the "drop-down" list. Roaches with deerhair both outside AND inside are also available (see related items below).

Porky Roach - Deer hair In & Out

Product No. 4546

(Lengths: 6", 10", 12", 15", 18", 20", 22")

$129.00

Base
Length
Front Porky
Hair Length
6" 5-1/2"
10" 6"
12" 6-1/2"
15" 7"
18" 7-1/2"
20" 7-1/2"
22" 7-1/2"-8"
We offer custom porky roaches, featuring one complete row of porcupine guard hair around the base plus 1 or 2 extra rows in front for the proper fullness. Brightly dyed deer hair completes the roach, with both inner and outer rows. Roaches with outer rows only are available, if desired (see related items below). Select your deer hair colors from the "drop-down" lists.

The Making Of A Porky Roach DVD

Product No. 4085-001-017

$19.95

An exceptional source for the authentic construction of the porcupine roach. Areas covered: the building of a tying board, sorting of porky hair, preparation of hair, attachment of hair to base, construction of handwoven base, plus the care and storage of the finished roach. Slow motion and instant replay enable the viewer to construct a fine porky roach. 30 minutes.

Eastern-Style Round Porky Roach

Product No. 4546-110

$129.00

We now have hand-tied porky roaches in the round style as worn by Eastern and Prairie tribes. This style goes back to pre-European contact, as can be seen in early illustrations. Each roach has 5"-6" porcupine hair, a row of deer hair both inside and out and is sewn to a colored yarn base. It's worn on the on the crown of the head, attached to the scalp lock. Wear it as-is, or add a spreader with feather socket of your own construction. Yarn base colors may vary.