Brain Tanning - Hair On
Turning raw flesh into beautiful soft leather with the wool still on to make your own organic sheepskin.
On this Hide camp course you will be given the knowledge and skills to naturally tan sheepskin hides with hair on. You will be working on your own individual sheepskin and by the end of the course, leave with a finished beautiful soft, leather sheepskin and the experience to take the skills learned into other areas of tanning various hides, including small mammals like rabbit, fox and hare.
Hide camp life around the fire, sharing life, food and experiences. This is an ancient method of preparing skin and it is not only a deeply important way of honouring the animal through rebirth of their hide, but it is a hugely satisfying and inspiring experience which I hope to be able to share my passion of hide tanning with you too.
You will aim to arrive 9am at the start of day 1 and the course will end around 5pm on day 2.
All tools, materials and hot drinks will be provided, however this craft workshop is self catered so you must bring your own supplies and food for the duration of the course.
If you need to stay over locally there are several options locally, I can give you more details when you book. If you would like to camp over in the sheep meadow please mention this when you book.
Arrival 9am, welcome and overview of the course with a cuppa and cake.
Fleshing your hide
Tanning the hide and framing/stringing up
Starting to soften
Sheep walk, talk and cuddle
Smoking the hide.
Sheep walk, talk and Cuddle.
Finishing by approx 5pm