Starting a Farm from Scratch: Part 1
by Chris Grataski
This is a daily course, please bring your own food. Camping is available by request.
Furs and pelts are an amazing way to get your hands on the tanning process. The process of tanning small pelts is less intensive and more approachable then tanning a whole deer hide into buckskin. At the same time it introduces you to much of the principals, terminology, and processes of hide tanning. As well, you get to learn how to take raw pelts and turn them into beautiful furs to use in projects such as making hats, gloves, vests, hood liners, and pouches. In this course students will tan and take home rabbit pelt. We will cover the steps of skinning, fleshing, membraining, softening, and smoking. We will also talk about and show possible projects you can create using your new skill. Pelt tanning is also an important survival skill, and something every primitive culture that trap and hunted used to create a wide variety of clothing and containers.
Online registrations are preferred, but registration by mail is accepted. Either proceed online above, or mail in the forms below with a check for the deposit.