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Thu, 17 Aug


Coffs Harbour

7 Day Course - Australia - FULL

A unique course where you will learn to use as much of an animal as possible, fat tan hair off skins and enjoy a day of making and using basic stone tools. Taught by experimental archaeologist and prehistoric tanning specialist Dr. Theresa Emmerich Kamper.

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7 Day Course - Australia - FULL
7 Day Course - Australia - FULL

Time & Location

17 Aug 2023, 09:00 – 23 Aug 2023, 16:00

Coffs Harbour, Coffs Harbour NSW, Australia

About the event

Price per person: $1280

7 Day course

12 Students maximum

Using the Whole Animal

Deer skin tanning

Knapping for Survival

Before the advent of modern tanning agents, humans were turning raw skin into usable leather products using very basic techniques and materials. Learn to produce incredibly soft, strong and durable leather from raw animal skin using one of humankind’s earliest tanning technologies! Utilising materials readily available in the surrounding environment we will walk through the steps of this transformation.

This class will focus on tanning furs with a variation of fat tanning using brains as the dressing agent*. Whilst not for the squeamish the end product is worth the work! The class will cover rehydrating dried furs, de-fleshing, dressing and softening the fur skins, as well as smoking them so they can be easily washed.

In addition to enthusiastic instruction I provide comfortable, easy to use tools and detailed handouts covering the tanning process, as well as ethnographic anecdotes and a list of helpful literature for those who wish to further their own knowledge of tanning! So, please join me for a course sure to contain plenty of memorable moments, lots of practical information and, if you put in the work**, one that will see you heading home with a beautiful, unique and usable traditionally tanned fur!

* The use of brains or egg yolks as an alternative dressing agent will be covered.

** Please be aware that a reasonable amount of fitness is required for this course. I will provide instruction on good technique and timing with the skins, but you will need to be able to be on your feet and active for 6 to 8 hours per day. 

Any serious injuries need to be discussed with me prior to booking onto the course please!

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