TANNING BUCKSKIN AND
BRAIN TANNING DEERSKIN INTO BUCKSKIN, DEER BUTCHERY AND BONE CRAFT
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
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!
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.
4th- 9th May 2021
Near Machynlleth, Mid Wales.
£400 (limited concession places available, please ask)
This camp is open for bookings, email us for a booking form and deposit details