Did you know you can make leather from fish skins? The fish is eaten but the skin is thrown away and that while it is a beautiful product. The skin of the salmon, for example, gives a beautiful structure. This leather is extremely strong and even looks chic due to both color and structure. In this workshop we work with salmon skins.
Depending on the tanning method, you can make various types of leather products. From supple and soft to stiffer and firm. From translucent and shiny to really a type of leather. Each method and finish gives its own result. In the past, for example, rainwear was made because of the water-repellent property of fish. There are also many other products imaginable. From primitive items, shoes, bags or covers for modern equipment. Even today, fish leather can be an item to show off.
In this workshop we work with 2 different tanning techniques for fish skins. A vegetable ‘barktanning’ (with tree bark) and an ‘oil tanning’ (method with oil).
In this workshop you will learn:
- The properties of fish leather
- Process of tanning a fish skin, from skin to leather
- Possible practical applications
- Scraping a fish skin
- Tanning with a bark taper
- Tanning with an oil taping
- Next step supple the skin
After this workshop you will go home with at least 2 fish skins that you have tanned yourself and you will master the knowledge of the process.