Starting with a raw deer skin and finishing with a soft brain tanned buckskin.
Each step will be taught in detail so that you can continue tanning in the future and the focus will be on each person finishing a whole buckskin to take home.
This is an ancient method of preparing skin, with evidence of brain tanning dating back through the stone ages.
It’s also a highly rewarding experience, requiring energy and focus to work the skin into a soft material.

**The buckskin making course runs back to back with the bark tanning weekend, making it easy to stay around the same fire pit 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


The Schedule

Day 1: 4pm Arrival –  Tanning introduction around the fire

The next 3 days we will be tanning Deer skins.

Day 5 – Complete Deerskin, this part of camp finishes when your hide is fully smoked! We’ll support you as much as possible to be finished by 4pm but in previous years people have been known to be smoking hides late into the night.

Upcoming dates

19th - 23rd July - Moretonhampstead, Devon.

(This camp was due to take place in Mid Wales, but due to knock on effects of Covid 19 we've had to move it to our Devon site)
This camp is open for bookings, however if government lock down guidelines extend past July 4th then we'll reassess

31st August- 4th September- Machynlleth, Mid Wales.

£350 (limited concession places available, please ask)


In their ability to transmit a subtlety and depth of technique whilst all the while feeling like nothing more formal than friends at common work in the woods, Jessie and Jane possess a rare mastery of the teacher's art; enabling each their own discovery of the craft, never simply telling us what to do. However, more important even than the expert instruction, was the experience of camp life that was created and shared. This was not really a course, but rather a remedy for amnesia; a glimpse of who we were during the forgotten majority of our history, and who we could be again, if we are to do better by each other and by the earth.

-Sam Robinson, course participant 2016

This course is a must. The setting is stunning, the food is beautiful and the atmosphere is beyond warm and welcoming. It is incredible to watch the skill and passion these ladies devote to tanning - something I was delighted to absorb and hope very much to carry on.

Would strongly recommend to anyone with any interest in tanning, or pretty much anyone!

- Mary Bowman, course participant 2018

A highly recommended course. The course was delivered very professionally by two very knowledgeable and highly skilled tutors. The depth of their experience with tanning was evident by their ability to guide the whole group through all of the processes, from raw hides to a beautiful finished buckskin to take away. Their energetic and hands-on approach meant whatever concern or question you had was resolved quickly - it was an incredible learning process. Camping so close to the hide working area meant the whole experience was immersive and holistic.

I can not praise the course enough.

~ Tony, course participant, 2017

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