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Fri, 19 Apr

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Watkinsville

Deer Skin Tanning - GA, USA - $330

Back for a 2nd year at Georgia Bushcraft's brilliant Spring Campout! Learn the ancient skill of Deer Skin Tanning over 3 information packed days using natural, non-toxic and easily available materials!

Deer Skin Tanning - GA, USA - $330
Deer Skin Tanning - GA, USA - $330

Time & Location

19 Apr 2024, 10:00 – 21 Apr 2024, 17:00

Watkinsville, 1150 Carruth Rd, Watkinsville, GA 30677, USA

About the event

After having a fantastic time in 2023 teaching Fox Fur Tanning, Caroline and I are returning to the Spring Campout to offer Deer Skin Tanning!

Deer 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 human kind’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!

Over 3 full days this course will focus on tanning deer skins with a variety of fat tanning which uses Lecithin and oil* as the dressing agent. This will be done using a wet scrape method, so no frames! Whilst not for the squeamish the end product is worth the work! The class will cover removing the meat, fat and membrane (de-fleshing), removing the outer grain layer (de-graining), 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! So, please join me for a course 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!

Additional Information:

Duration: 3 days (Friday 10:00 am - Sunday ± 17:00 pm)

Group size: Min 6 - Max 12

Prerequisites: None

Food:

This course is self-catering so come prepared to cook for yourself please. I am many things, but a talented cook is not one of them!

Note that Lunch and Dinner for the 2nd day of the course should be something easy, as the second day can be long, depending on the moods of the weather gods!

Included: All course materials, coffee/tea

Accommodation:

There is plenty of room for camping and outdoor fires are permitted, and wood is available. Camping will be the easiest (and the most fun) option for accommodation for the course! However, if you would prefer a bit more luxury hotels and BnB’s are available is approximately a 20-minute drive from the course site.

For more information visit:

https://www.georgiabushcraft.com/pages/spring

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