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Buckskin Tanning Workshop

May 27, 2023 @ 9:00 am May 29, 2023 @ 9:00 am

Workshop Description

Come explore the ancient craft of hide tanning with Abby. In this weekend intensive workshop you will be guided through the process of brain tanning a deer skin into buckskin. While honouring these majestic forest dwelling creatures and the history of the many cultures who have practiced this craft throughout the world, we will go beyond the skin to explain and demonstrate what other gifts they offer. We will take about the variety of methods that are practiced s well as explaining the difference between hair on tanning, buckskin, rawhide & bark tanning. Through this hands on, labour intensive process we are given an amazing opportunity to connect with ourselves, each other and the spirit of the deer.

We will make some of our own tools and explore the nature of the tools provided here as well. Saturday evening we will have a sauna to relax the muscles and dance under the stars!   The workshop will begin on Saturday morning @9:00 am. We will move through part of the process soaking overnight and continuing our process on Sunday morning @ 9:00am, to arrive at stretched dry hide by the evening. (possible smoking) Monday morning we will hopefully smoke the hides weather depending.

The tanning process has many stages as we move through them we allow ourselves time and space to breath and be in gratitude.

The Immersive Experience includes: friday evening arrival Light dinner, accomodations for two night stay, 6 vegetarian meals, and evening activities (fire, sauna etc…)

The Localized Experience includes: Saturday 9- 5/6 workshop,Sunday 9- ?, lunch provided on both days, opportunity to smoke skins at another time.

Things to bring: clothing that is ok to get dirty, tent (if camping) blankets for sleeping, pillow, towel for sauna, water bottle, & willingness to be a bit sore ( it is a physically engaging process)    

If cost is a barrior please get in touch and we will see what we can do. Or you re unable to stay until monday that is ok too, we can smoke your hide another time.

We look forward to seeing you all on the land!

Any questions or queries please give a shout:

613 332 1390 This is a landline so please call not text.


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