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We owe a lot to animals. They provide us with food for nutrition, bones to make tools with and tendons for wire. But what is unique is that animals give us their skins. Animal skins have been used since the beginning of time for clothing, shoes, shelter, cordage, containers, boats, backpacks and more. It’s hard to imagine how we could have survived without the gift of animal skins. All over the world, our ancestors developed the skills to convert skins into dresses, trousers, boots, bags and other essential items. Transforming skin into strong leather, or durable supple buckskin, or in a warm coat, has given people the opportunity to migrate and settle in the most remote places in the world. Being able to make and build well-fitting good quality clothing is an ancestral revolution that is widely overlooked. And while we have retained the skills of tailoring and sewing, we have lost the art of tanning; of preparing and storing the strongest ‘cloth’ of all.
The storage and tanning of hides is often seen as a mysterious, difficult and dirty chemical process. Although there are unmistakable stages of hard work and real “intense” smells, we will show you that the tanning process itself is done with 100% natural ingredients. You will be offered a variety of animal skins to scrape, clean and tan. You’ll be shown different tanning methods to work with, so you can be confident that you can easily continue tanning skins at home.
In this course you will learn 2 variants of tanning in 4 different ways.