BARK TANNING WEEKEND
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 also cover bark tanning larger animals such as deer.
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!****
Participants can make camp in the woods and meadow.
Bring a tent or tarp or contact us if you want to book alternative shelter as there are a few options.
The sun will rise and set as we work hides in the day and play music and eat together around the fire in the evenings.
We invite people to fully immerse in camp life - going with the rhythms of the day, and the hides. Please do your best to leave screens and technology behind.
This course provides two meals a day- breakfast and dinner and the food is organic and wholesome (and often includes fish and rabbit!)
Friday 4pm Arrival – Setup camp
Dinner and tanning introduction around the fire
Saturday – Bark tanning fish and rabbit skins
Sunday- Bark tanning continues. Camp finishes at 4pm
8th - 10th May - Dartmoor, Devon
17th - 19th July - Old Chapel Farm, Mid-Wales
£190 (limited concession places available)