Hide Tanning

Hide Tanning

For most of our species’ existence, humans have been using the skins of animals for clothing, a very important consideration in the art of providing shelter for one’s self and others. In this 3-day workshop you will learn how to transform a fresh deer hide into soft, luxuriant buckskin. We will be focusing on the wet-scrape method, taking participants step-by-step through the sequence of this ancient process. This workshop is a direct learning, experiential event where participants learn by doing. Lecture content includes the details of each stage of the wet-scrape process, as well as what to make with the rest of the animal, such as the bones and sinew. We will also cover patterns and design ideas for what to make with the beautiful buckskin that you will tan during the weekend.