Hide Tanning Workshop (3-day)
This course will teach you how to take a raw deer hide and take it through the complete process to produce a beautiful buckskin with your own hands! You will learn the process from start to finish: fleshing, braining, softening, and preserving. Keep your buckskin for display, a variety of utility purposes, or for various crafts, even buckskin clothing.
Students will learn:
- Prepping the Hide
- Brain Tanning
- Softening and Drying
- Smoking to preserve
This workshop takes place outdoors in a desert setting with a Shade Cloud Shelter. Portable toilets and water will be available. There is no electricity or running water. Students may camp on site in the shelters of their choosing once the course starts, or at another location of your choosing. You may not camp on site the night prior to the event starting, and cannot remain and camp after course completion, so make arrangements to camp nearby for those occasions. Food will not be provided for the workshop. You should arrive each day having had breakfast. We will stop for a short lunch break most days, and food is available a reasonable distance away in Boulder. Training will typically be over in the evening giving you time to eat dinner and relax until class starts the next day.
Students should expect the potential for cold, wet weather, and primitive field conditions. Cadre and staff will ensure safety at all times during the course.
There is no required packing list for this workshop. Please bring adequate clothing, shelter, food, and snacks for the duration of the course. Limited resupply may be found in Boulder or nearby Escalante in the evenings.
Please see our course cancellation policy HERE
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