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Creating true buckskin leather on the inside of the fur.

This is still considered one of the softest and most durable tanning methods even in our modern times.

Come spend 2 days with us as we show you this traditional method of tanning fur pelts using animal brains or lecithin and smoking over a fire.

Tanning a fox


This workshop is a hands on student participation from start to finish.

Day 1: Morning

  • Preparing the hides by removing membrane etc., with some general guidelines to making ready the hides

  • Discussion and demonstration on the safe handling of raw materials used in the process showing how to heat and prepare the tanning solution

  • Working the solution into the hides

  • Explanation of equipment and natural material options to prepare for the next step


Day 1: Afternoon

  • Working the hides until tanned

Day 2:

  • Gathering the wood and materials needed to smoke the hides

  • Setting it all up and smoking the hides.

  • Finally, some discussion, tips and demo’s on sewing and working or crafting with tanned furs

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