Ancient Tanning Skills Course 3 Day - Tan Your Own Buckskin!!! 6th-8th MARCH 2019
BUCK SKIN EXPERIENCE.
3 Days of Ancient Brain Tanning / Workshop Experience.
Held on the Neolithic flint mines at Grimes Graves in the heart of rural Breakland, Attendees will be invited to stay on site for the duration of their experience.
Day One Introduction. Understanding the hide and its layers. The History we know about tanning explained. Beginning the tasks with the hide you have been given, this involves fleshing and graining to prepare the hide for bucking and rinsing. You will be guided through each step of the process so you come away understanding how to measure your progress.
Day 2 Softening the hide through methods such as removing additional membrane and stretching hide during the drying process, this involves teaching you how to remove moisture efficiently through wringing the hide and mapping your way over the hide so you attend to the right place when it needs attending to. During the day you will be introduced to concepts such as hide glue and the rawhide that the hide is naturally trying to become with out your efforts being applied.
Day 3 Revisit any areas that haven’t completely softened. Introducing and using methods of smoking the hide, how to choose the correct woods and maintain the temperature required so hide stays soft and gains an even colour. Dealing with repairs required from processing such as holes that may have been created during the process and thoughts of how to appropriate the bucks into clothing and bags etc.
Grimes Graves, Lynford Thetford Norfolk IP26 5DE
The course will run from 9.30am - 4.00pm each day.
The course is self catererd so please bring along your own meals and camping equiptment.
Please be aware that a reasonable level of fitness is required to achieve the tasks set out in this course.