This is a detailed course in brain tanning, alongside learning how to butcher and craft bone and skin.

This 6 day course will include

  • Brain tanning a deerskin into soft buckskin

  • Butchering a deer and feasting on/preserving the meat

  • Making deerskin rawhide and crafts

  • Bone tool making

  • Different hide smoking techniques

  • Life round a camp fire and community

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.

You will leave this camp with

  • A whole finished buckskin hide

  • Some raw hide and crafts

  • A bone tool

  • Venison jerky


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.

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 a hearty dinner, the food is organic and wholesome and includes deer meat!


The Schedule

Day 1: 4pm Arrival, Introductions and tanning overview around the fire

Day 2: Scraping deer skins

Day 3: AM- Butchering a deer, using every part.
            PM- Rawhide making, bone tool making, other creative butchery tasks

Day 4 and 5: – Braining and smoking buckskins

Day 6: Finishing up crafts projects and washing the smoky smell out of the finished buckskins.
            There will be time to talk about buckskin sewing techniques and pattern cutting.

Upcoming dates

4th- 9th May 2021
Near Machynlleth, Mid Wales.

8th - 13th May 2021

Dartmoor, Devon

£400 (limited concession places available, please ask)
This camp is open for bookings, email us for a booking form and deposit details




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