Mon, 14 Oct|
Wangaratta VIC, Australia
7 Day Kangaroo Processing Course - VIC, Australia - $1695.00 AUD
A unique course where you will learn to use as much of a Kangaroo as possible, Fat Tan the skins and spend 2 days covering the basics of soft fibre basketry.
Time & Location
14 Oct 2024, 10:00 – 20 Oct 2024, 17:00
Wangaratta VIC, Australia
About the event
Price per person:
7 Day- Using the Whole Animal, Grain-On Fat Tanning and Soft Fibre Basketry
Have you ever wondered what happens to the parts of an animal which don’t make it onto your grocery store shelves? Or how you can take a raw skin and transform it into leather?
This 7-day course will give you the knowledge you need to break down an animal carcass in an efficient way, using as much of the animal as possible! You will then have the opportunity to process a raw skin into soft, grain-on leather and learn the techniques needed to coil, plait and twine soft fibre baskets.
This course will introduce you to what parts of an animal are useful for what products and how to preserve those parts until they can be used. We will cover all basic butchery for both food and utilitarian items, as well as those parts not often seen as useful. Multiple levels of technologies from stone to steel will be covered!
Some examples of what will be covered in Butchery Section of the course are as follows:
-Organs: Removing, sorting and cleaning the edible organs as well as the utilitarian ones such as: brains for tanning the skin, the bladder for water bags and intestines for thread.
-Skin: Removing the skin, de-fleshing and preserving the skin until you can tan it as well as using the scraps to make hide glue.
-Meat: Removing the meat, what cuts are best suited to different uses. How to debone, make roasts, jerky and soup meat. Basic meat preservation.
-Fat: How to render fat to preserve it.
-Bones: How to separate joints, bones as food, how to make tools from bones such as: skin processing tools, awls and needles, fishhooks, harpoon and arrow points, and jewellery.
-Sinew: How to remove, clean and preserve both backstrap and leg sinew and how to later process it for fibre for sewing, bowstrings, hafting, bow backing etc.
-Hooves: How to process the hooves for decorative items or for hoof glue.
-Antlers: If antlers are present how to remove them, and a discussion on how best to work with antler.
Kangaroo Skin Tanning:
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! Utilizing materials readily available in the surrounding environment we will walk through the steps of this transformation. Come learn the progression of this process from raw skin to beautiful, usable, finished leather!
The tanning section of this course will focus on tanning Kangroo skins with a variety of fat tanning which uses Lecithin and oil* as the dressing agent. Whilst not for the squeamish the end product is worth the work! The class will cover removing the meat and fat (de-fleshing), alkalining for ground substance removal, applying the tanning agents (dressing), softening and smoking the skins.
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! The course is sure to contain plenty of memorable moments, lots of practical information and, provided that you put in the work **, one that will see you heading home with a beautiful, unique and usable piece of traditionally tanned leather!
* 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!
Soft Fibre Basketry:
The last section of the course will cover learning to craft soft fibre baskets. Containers are one of the most practical, useful, yet underrated items needed in the outdoors, often not even considered until you need one!
We will cover Coiling, Plaiting and Twining techniques using materials such as grass, rush, leaves and fibrous bark. These materials can be used to make expedient containers for impromptu collecting or more durable but time intensive baskets which will serve the maker for years to come.
This skill takes some practice, and I will encourage you to embrace the uniqueness of your first baskets. The skills you take away from this will allow you to make containers anywhere you find yourself and will make you look differently at the natural world around you.
After completing this course, you will have the skills and confidence to process animals, tan skins and to produce functional works of art of your own!
This course and the content covered will evolve based on time, weather, and participant interests!
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