Hide Tanning Camps 2018
Hide camp Dartmoor- 23rd- 28th June
Hide camp Mid Wales- 7th- 12th April
Both of these weeks take the same format.
Beginning with a weekend of bark tanning fish and rabbit skins, and then moving into 4 days of brain tanning deer skin. The course is in two sections and you can come for one or both of them.
Bark tanning fish and rabbit skin weekend- £150 – £170 sliding scale
Brain tanned deer skin – buckskin £280 – £300 sliding scale
For the full 7 days, its a sliding scale between £430 and £470
Pay what you feel depending on what you earn.
Bark Tanning Rabbit Fur and Fish skins- 2 days weekend
Using the tannins found in tree bark we’ll tan fish and rabbit skins.
Rabbits on Saturday and fish on Sunday.
Learn about the tanning process and softening with oils.
Then take home a soft rabbit fur and a strong bark tanned fish skin.
Brain Tanned Deerskin – Buckskin – 4 days
Starting with a raw deer hide and finishing with a soft, brain tanned buckskin.
This course is a practical, hands on experience of how to create a soft, wearable, durable and beautiful buckskin using traditional and ancient methods.
Each step will be taught in detail so that you can take this skill home with you. Focus will be on finishing one buckskin each and learning the process.
Hide tanning is a physical activity and to make your skin soft will require hard work and perseverance.
The harder you work, the more rewarding the process and the softer the leather becomes
You don’t need to be extremely fit or have lots of physical strength but you do need to be ready to work hard and give the hide all of your energy.
After 4 days everybody should take home their own brain tanned deer skin.
Participants can make camp in or on the edge of the woods.
Bring a tent or tarp, or contact us if you want to book alternative shelter, there are a few options.
As with all primitive skills- it takes a village, and a village we will be!
Sun will rise and moon will set and the fire will smoulder and we’ll cook together.
Please bring your songs, please bring yourselves. Be ready to soak in community and to wake up on what the earth wants to offer us day by day.
…do your best to leave technology and screens behind.
The course provides two meals a day, breakfast and dinner. food is organic, local and paleo where possible. Materials are included.
The Schedule… (applying to both camps)
Friday 4pm Arrival – Tanning introduction around the fire
Saturday – Bark tanning fish and rabbit skins
Sunday- Bark tanning. camp finishes at 4pm – deerskin arrival at 4pm Tanning introduction around the fire
Monday – Begin Deerskins
Tuesday – Deerskins
Wednesday – Deerskins
Thursday – 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.