Fri, Apr 20|
The Farming Artists
Hide Tanning Weekend (Free!)
Come for one day or spend the weekend; learn to turn animal hides into strong, supple leather.
Time & Location
Apr 20, 2018, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The Farming Artists, 587 Ellsworth Rd, Blue Hill, ME 04614, USA
About the event
Join us for our first annual communal weekend hide-tanning workshop. This to be a free event, with nobody turned away for lack of funds, but we are going to be making a few purchases to effectively facilitate. It would be excellent if people could plan on making a small donation to help cover expenses. (Some tanning workshops cost $300.)
This will be held in Blue Hill at The Farming Artists' cooperative homestead. This is a potluck-style event; relative self-sufficiency is required, RSVP strongly preferred. The main farmhouse will be off-limits.
Prepare to camp (very limited indoor cabin space available), pack in/pack out, bring what you need as far as speciality food items and please bring one communal dish to contribute to one meal for each day you choose to attend. Plan to pitch in and maybe work a shift in the kitchen or haul some buckets.
You do not have to bring any tools, or even bring your own hides, but please bring whatever you've got; you should bring an apron, rubber smock, OR otherwise dress in clothes you won't mind getting messy. Dress smart, watch the weather, you will probably want boots.
Generally it will take between 2-3 days to process a deer hide all the way to finished buckskins. I'd say if you can commit to the whole weekend that would be ideal. If you can only come for a day you will still be able to learn a lot but may not be able to start and fully finish an entire hide.
This event, though maybe rough around the edges, will obviously be a whole bunch of fun.