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Fri, Apr 17


Cool Waters Farm

Making Leather / Hide Tanning

Learn how to turn raw animal skins into soft, supple leather! We'll be starting from scratch and working all the way through: scraping, fleshing, softening and smoking.

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Making Leather / Hide Tanning
Making Leather / Hide Tanning

Time & Location

Apr 17, 2020, 9:00 AM – Apr 19, 2020, 5:00 PM

Cool Waters Farm, 809 Depot St, Union, ME 04862, USA


About the event

Animal skins, when properly prepared, provide a strong material that may be used to fashion clothing, containers, cordage, and more. Humans worldwide have been using animal skins as fabric for thousands of years, if not more. 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 cover scraping, cleaning, wringing, dressing, hand- and frame-softening, and smoking. Everyone will work a hide start-to-finish. If this is your first time making leather, you consider teaming up with a friend, but you don't have to. $45 for one day or $120 suggested for three: includes all required tools, materials, tuition, and snacks. Limited to 10 students. (You will only be able to completely tan a deer hide from start to finish if you are able to attend all three days. If you are only able to attend one day, you will still be able to garner a basic overview of the process, and practice the pertinent skills.

Space in this class is limited. Preregistration, along with a paid deposit, is required to reserve a spot in the class. Deposits may be fully refunded in the event of a cancellation a week or more before the class, if the space is filled. Refunds for last-minute cancellations are unfortunately not available. Please plan accordingly. Contact Rewild Maine at (207) 449-7738 or if you have any questions.

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.


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