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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!****
 

Camp life

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!)

 

The Schedule

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

Upcoming dates

8th - 10th May - Dartmoor, Devon

17th - 19th July - Old Chapel Farm, Mid-Wales



£190 (limited concession places available)

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