Canadian Bushcraft

Specialty Workshop: Hidetanning


Brain tanned buckskin is soft as cashmere, and as tough as cowhide. This was the fabric that 99 percent of our ancestors depended on in the cold weather. During this two-weekend workshop, students will learn how to tan their own deerskin into this fantastic leather, using basic tools and ingredients. As well, students will be introduced to other methods of tanning, including soap-and-oil, bark-tanning, and chemical tanning. Furs and rawhide will also be covered in this class.