Fur Family Album

The story of fur starts long before a fancy coat is seen on a catwalk or photographed on a celebrity. It starts with the trapline or the farm, then the auction, the processing, the design, the making, and the store. Help us to tell the real story of the fur industry by sending us photographs of your experience of fur.
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Setting A Snare Set for Beaver under the Ice

Setting A Snare Set for Beaver under the Ice

"For the 2014-2015 season I mostly focused on muskrat, skunks and raccoon due to the decline of fox and coyote in my area. This picture shows most of my catch. Starting with top row, I have some fox, then raccoon, skunk and all the middle is full of bundles of muskrats for a total of 1230.  Bottom row has mink and beaver.  All was caught in 115 days. Why you ask? Because this is my life. Trapping and being outdoors is me. I'm proud to call myself a trapper!!!!!!" - Mike Krebs Star

"For the 2014-2015 season I mostly focused on muskrat, skunks and raccoon due to the decline of fox and coyote in my area. This picture shows most of my catch. Starting with top row, I have some fox, then raccoon, skunk and all the middle is full of bundles of muskrats for a total of 1230. Bottom row has mink and beaver. All was caught in 115 days. Why you ask? Because this is my life. Trapping and being outdoors is me. I'm proud to call myself a trapper!!!!!!" - Mike Krebs Star

"When I lived in Willow River, British Columbia, I stumbled on a very old log house in the woods by total chance since there was no road leading to it. This is where I found this paper, from an old Vancouver company called Pacific Fur Co. - it doesn't exist anymore. I liked the spot for trapping and hunting so I sent a letter to the owners of the land to ask permission to trap on that lot. It was owned by an American and I used it for one winter." - Alain Rodrigue

"When I lived in Willow River, British Columbia, I stumbled on a very old log house in the woods by total chance since there was no road leading to it. This is where I found this paper, from an old Vancouver company called Pacific Fur Co. - it doesn't exist anymore. I liked the spot for trapping and hunting so I sent a letter to the owners of the land to ask permission to trap on that lot. It was owned by an American and I used it for one winter." - Alain Rodrigue

"I've been trapping for the past 3 years with help from my mentor and together we've put together 3 great seasons working the backwoods of Nova Scotia. I don't have a lot of traps to use, so the biggest thing I've learned is how to set a handful of good sets instead of a lot of average ones. Pictured from left to right, my mentor Todd Rafuse and myself Markus Kehoe. Hants County Nova Scotia." - Mark Kehoe

Trapper Mark Kehoe with his mentor

Meet the people behind your fur coat. Fur is now featured in more than 400 top designer collections and was shown in 70 per cent of international runway shows over the past year. Farmed mink and fox furs from Newfoundland and Labrador are prized around the world for their remarkable beauty and quality. Learn more about the people who produced those beautiful pelts you may be wearing at www.furfarming.ca

Meet the people behind your fur coat. Fur is now featured in more than 400 top designer collections and was shown in 70 per cent of international runway shows over the past year. Farmed mink and fox furs from Newfoundland and Labrador are prized around the world for their remarkable beauty and quality. Learn more about the people who produced those beautiful pelts you may be wearing at www.furfarming.ca

SEATTLE FUR EXCHANGE GRADERS, 1929 1929 - A look into the Seattle Fur Exchange grading area filled with fur buyers and smocked graders evaluating and sorting fur for its color variations, quality, length of hairs, sheen, thickness.

SEATTLE FUR EXCHANGE GRADERS, 1929 1929 - A look into the Seattle Fur Exchange grading area filled with fur buyers and smocked graders evaluating and sorting fur for its color variations, quality, length of hairs, sheen, thickness.

GRADING BEFORE A FUR AUCTION, 1950 1950's - Graders at Seattle Fur Exchange inspect every pelt to evaluate and sort by quality, color and length of hair to group by lots in preparation for an auction.

GRADING BEFORE A FUR AUCTION, 1950 - Graders at Seattle Fur Exchange inspect every pelt to evaluate and sort by quality, color and length of hair to group by lots in preparation for an auction.

Zuki furs - fur manufacturer

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Zuki furs - fur manufacturer

1973 - A view from the stand of the American Legend (formerly Seattle Fur Exchange) auction room.  It is filled with buyers at tables ready to bid on mink pelts and mink ranchers lining the room to watch their pelts being auctioned off.

1973 - A view from the stand of the American Legend (formerly Seattle Fur Exchange) auction room. It is filled with buyers at tables ready to bid on mink pelts and mink ranchers lining the room to watch their pelts being auctioned off.

The sewing and finishing stages are done by experienced technicians using the same specialized tools that have been used for generations.

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The sewing and finishing stages are done by experienced technicians using the same specialized tools that have been used for generations.

Terry Vourantonis, fur designer.

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Terry Vourantonis, fur designer.

Each garment is individually cut and sewn, by hand, in small workshops, with the special attention to detail one gives to a unique piece of art.

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Each garment is individually cut and sewn, by hand, in small workshops, with the special attention to detail one gives to a unique piece of art.

In a fur atelier, Montreal

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Learn about fur industry regulation, know the facts about the ethics and find answers to the most frequently asked questions about trapping and farming.

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