Hide Tanning Class
In this course, we'll explore the art and science of hide tanning in an in-depth and direct way. We will work together, to tan deer hides into velvety buckskin. You will leave having learned start to finish how tan a deer's skin, your own whole hide beautifully tanned and a "how to" booklet for future tanning.
Ages 17 and up.
April 26-30, 2019
9:30 am-5 pm
Location: western mass, address TBD
Instructor: Maggie Ranen
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Hide Camp, a monthly hide tanning course
In this course, we'll explore the art and science of hide tanning in an in-depth and direct way. We will work together, and on individual projects, to tan deer hides into velvety buckskin, create a variety of beautiful pelts from local mammals, and work on goat skins.
Through group learning, and sharing of skills we will understand the tanning process, create and accomplish project goals, and complete amazingly soft and skillfully tanned skins ready for crafted projects such as pouches, bags, clothing and more.
This course is designed for you to get as much as you want out of it. You will be encouraged to work on projects, do reading and gain practical skills between classes.
All materials, including hides will be provided, though you're encouraged to bring your own!
We will sing songs and do group activities along the way!
Meeting one Saturday a month, May 2018-Oct 2018
5/12, 6/16, 7/14, 8/4, 9/22 (this day will be held at the Groundnut Gathering), 10/20
Ages 16 and up
Sliding scale, $10-$45 per class
Taught by Maggie Ranen
This apprenticeship will take you deep into connection with the natural world we live in and are a part of through the doorway of wild foods. Penetrate the wallpaper that limits our relationships with the wide world of plants and animals! Through a year's cycle, we'll cover a wide range of survival, practical and awareness skills with a strong focus on learning from and about plants and animals. Enjoy an immediately positive impact on your diet, budget, health, awareness and sense of belonging to the land.
Locations: Northampton, Greenfield, Montague, Huntington, Southampton, Amherst, Hadley, Holyoke
Saturdays: 4/28, 5/26, 6/23, 7/28, 8/25, 9/22, 10/27, 11/17, 12/15. 2019: 1/5, 2/2 ,3/2
Instructor bio: Felix Lufkin has been foraging and educating about plants, for 12 years. He teaches nature and gardening programs at K-12 schools in the Valley, and has offered hundreds of plant walks for the community through Acorn Kitchen and Help Yourself.
The gathering will run Friday afternoon, 9/29, through Sunday afternoon, 10/1. Camping available. There will be 4-5 workshop blocks, time to work on and share personal projects, trade items, and share meals and community. More details, including class schedule, coming soon.
Food not included - BYO ingredients for outdoor kitchen. Potluck dinner on Saturday evening. Sorry, no pets.
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