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Fri, 21 Jul



Deer Tanning - UK - £330

Learn the ancient skill of Deer Skin Tanning over 3 information packed days using natural, non-toxic and easily available materials! Taught by Theresa Emmerich Kamper, Doctor of Experimental Archaeology and specialist in prehistoric tanning techniques.

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Deer Tanning - UK - £330
Deer Tanning - UK - £330

Time & Location

21 Jul 2023, 10:00 – 23 Jul 2023, 17:00

Oxford, Overflow Carpark, Oxford OX2 8QQ, UK

About the event

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. Whilst not for the squeamish the end product is worth the work! The class will cover removing the meat and fat (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:

COST: £330.00 (£100 deposit required for registration) The remainder of the course fee is due on the first day of the course. You may pay via Paypal, Bank Transfer or Cash is always accepted!

Cancelation policy: Deposit refunded up to 4 weeks before the course start date. After this the deposit is forfeit.

Duration: 3 days (Friday 23rd July 10:00 am - Sunday 23rd July ± 17:00 pm)

Group size: Min 6 - Max 12

Prerequisites: None


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: Lunch and dinner the second day of the course should be something easy, as this day can be a long one depending on the moods of the weather gods!


There is plenty of room for camping and outdoor fires are permitted, and wood is available to collect. 

Camping will be the easiest (and the most fun) option for accommodation for the course! However, if you would prefer a bit more luxury a local hotels and BnBs are available in nearby towns. 

Location:  Wytham Woods, near Oxford, UK (Details on location given after registration)

Students park in the overflow carpark where we will meet you and take you to the course site.

Included: All course materials and coffee/tea

Not included: Off Site Accomodation, Meals


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