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Bark tanning Rabbit Fur and Fish Skins

Duration: 2 days

Price: £170

Run by: 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.
Rabbits on Saturday and fish on Sunday.

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 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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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Accommodation offered
  • Child friendly
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teen friendly