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Sun, Aug 26


The Sharing Den

Making Leather (Hide Tanning)

Learn how to turn raw deer hides into soft, supple leather. We'll be scraping, softening and smoking.

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Making Leather (Hide Tanning)
Making Leather (Hide Tanning)

Time & Location

Aug 26, 2018, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The Sharing Den, 111 Sheridan St, Portland, ME 04101, USA


About the event

Humans worldwide have been using animal skins as fabric for thousands of years, if not more. This is an ancient, invaluable human skill. Learn to process animal hides into strong leather, which can be used to make durable clothing, shoes, bags and other items that, if properly cared for, will last for several lifetimes. We'll be working on a few different hides which are all at different stages of completion. We'll cover scraping, cleaning, wringing, dressing, hand- and frame-softening, and smoking.

You should bring a water bottle, lunch and whatever snacks you might want for yourself; dress in clothes you won't mind getting dirty.

Suggested donation: $0-5

Rewild Maine is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We depend on donations from the community to offer free classes and workshops and we are grateful for your support. Scholarships are available for paid classes on an as-needed basis and nobody will ever be turned away for lack of funds. All donations are tax-deductible. Nobody will ever be turned away for lack of funds.


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