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Bark tanning rabbit fur and fish skins

Salmon skin and rabbit fur

Duration: 2 days

Price: £200

Book with: Jessie Watson Brown
at Oak and Smoke Tannery

Willingstone Farm
TQ13 8PY

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About the Course

Using the tannin found in tree bark we’ll tan fish and rabbit skins.

Learn about the tanning process and softening with oils.
Then take home a soft rabbit fur and a strong bark tanned fish skin.

Over this weekend we will cover the principles of bark tanning.
The course includes how and when to gather bark and how to make tanning solutions. How to prepare your skins, and finally oiling and softening.
There will be a whole day devoted to tanning rabbits, and the other we’ll be tanning fish skins. On the fish day we will be filleting, skinning and eating them too!
Everyone will go home with a bark tanned fish skin and a bark tanned rabbit skin.
Bark tanning harnesses the natural acids found in tree barks to transform and tan the fibres that make up the skin. This process has been used for thousands of years.
We will use nothing other than locally harvested tree barks, water and oils - all completely natural and environmentally friendly.

The weekend begins on the Friday evening with a tanning introduction around the fire, and then the rest of the weekend we will be learning the practical skills.

**The bark tanning weekend runs back to back with the buckskin making course, making it easy to stay around the same campfire and learn both skills as part of one 6-day hide camp. For the full hide camp experience, come to both!****

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What's included in the price?

Materials, camping, breakfasts and dinner, all tuition.

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What an amazing course! I had bark tanned a few fish skins at home, but wanted an opportunity to get hands-on with fur on skins and discuss how to bark tan larger things, like deer hides. (This said, this course is entirely appropriate for anyone just exploring and beginning bark tanning.)

Jessie and Jane exude enthusiasm and inspiration, ever helpful and encouraging as they share their knowledge of this incredible craft. They also facilitate (and invite everyone who attends to hold) a beautiful, supportive village for their workshops; we ate together and worked together as a tribe and it only made the experience all the more delightful.

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Course Start Dates

Friday 8th May 2020
Friday 17th July 2020
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Accommodation offered
  • Child friendly
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teen friendly

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