Fri, Apr 29|
Making Leather / Hide Tanning (FREE!)
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.
Time & Location
Apr 29, 2022, 10:00 AM – May 01, 2022, 5:00 PM
Share Den, 111 Sheridan St, Portland, ME 04101, 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 be scraping, cleaning, wringing, dressing, hand- and frame-softening, and smoking. Everyone can work a hide at various stages in the process. If you are only able to attend one day, or part of a day, you will be able to garner a basic overview of the process, and practice the pertinent skills. If you want to just stop by, and see what's going on for a while, to get a sense of it, without getting too involved, that's fine! Come by any time. Please contact us or register online to let us know you'll be stopping by. IF YOU WANT TO WORK A HIDE FROM START TO FINISH, you will need to attend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Hide tanning is physical, messy work! Wear your warmer dirties (rubber boots are nice), and be prepared to use your whole body.
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 always available for paid classes on an as-needed basis and nobody will ever be turned away for lack of funds. If you need financial assistance, please contact us. Donations for free programs will always be graciously accepted. All donations are tax-deductible.
Saturday ($10 Donation/person)
Sunday ($10 Donation/person)
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Making Leather (Saturday)
Making Leather (Sunday)