BARK TANNING COURSE

SHEEPSKIN, RABBIT FUR, FISH SKIN AND LEATHER

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This 5 day camp is a bark tanning intensive.
You'll learn ancient processes of using tree barks to tan and preserve skin into leather and furs. 

You will leave with a full understanding of the process and how it applies to a range of different animals skins, setting you up with the knowledge and experience to start tanning projects at home.

Its a jam packed 5 days!


We will cover-

  • Harvesting, processing and boiling bark to make tanning solutions

  • Bark tanning rabbit skins with the fur

  • Skinning and filleting fish

  • Bark tanning small fish skins and larger salmon skins

  • Bark tanning sheep skins rugs

  • Softening a pre tanned deer skin leather

  • Sewing pouches from leather and fish skin



You will leave this camp with-

  • A fluffy rabbit skin 

  • A bark tanned salmon skin and smaller fish skin

  • A whole sheep skin rug/sleeping mat

  • A piece of leather (dividing a deer skin between the group, hair off, shiny leather)

  • Pouches and bags made from your leather and fish skins 



Camp life​

This camp will take place in a beautiful ancient Dartmoor woodland and meadow full of granite boulders and plenty of wild walks and peaceful woodland spots.

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.
We have a covered camp fire and compost toilet facilities.

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 all tools, materials and an organic, hearty dinner every night.
 

Upcoming dates

Nr Moretonhmapstead, Dartmoor, Devon
28th August- 2nd September 2021

£470  (we have a few concessionary places available, just ask)

To book your place, email us for a booking form and deposit details
oakandsmoketannery@gmail.com

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

This Hide Camp was a wonderful experience. It was a brilliant few days - fantastic food cooked over an open fire, lovely people, and so interesting learning about natural tanning from two highly knowledgeable tutors. Jessie and Jane explained everything with such patience and expertise - it was truly fascinating, and great inspiration on many levels. Thier kindness and sensitivity with people and the elements meant we learned a lot and really enjoyed all the processes involved. I feel very connected with the skins I worked on, and have become much more conscious of other materials around me, and where they come from. Highly recommended.

-Nikki Chambers, course participant 2018

I had no idea what to expect but the whole experience was mind changing. The tutoring in hide preparation was excellent, but the bonus was the introduction to a culture so removed the pressures of city life, away from the windows we look through every day, be it house windows or TV and computer screens. A true appreciation is gained of the work our ancestors had to do to turn hides into clothes.

- Phil Joyce, course participant 2016

This Hide Camp was a wonderful experience. It was a brilliant few days - fantastic food cooked over an open fire, lovely people, and so interesting learning about natural tanning from two highly knowledgeable tutors. Jessie and Jane explained everything with such patience and expertise - it was truly fascinating, and great inspiration on many levels. Thier kindness and sensitivity with people and the elements meant we learned a lot and really enjoyed all the processes involved. I feel very connected with the skins I worked on, and have become much more conscious of other materials around me, and where they come from. Highly recommended.

~ Anna Ricketts, course participant, 2018