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Hide-Tanning

Humans have been tanning animal hides for clothing, shoes, packs, and shelter for millennia – and for good reason.  There’s nothing quite like the soft, luxurious yet rugged standard set by true brain-tanned buckskin.  Nothing.

Our three-day tanning course will teach you every step of the process, beginning with what to do with the hide straight off the animal through to finished buckskin.  You will learn bucking, wet & dry scraping, dressing, softening, and smoking techniques, as well as how to make your own tools at home.

Be forewarned that hide-tanning is among the most rigorous of ‘primitive’ skills.  Bring your endurance and a positive attitude.  We’ll take care of the rest.  You’ll work with a partner in order to ‘share the wealth’ when it comes to the input needed to complete your first hide.  Then split the hide to take home.

Wear comfy work clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting messy.  You may also wish to bring a change of clothes for the ride home each day.

This is one of our most requested courses, year after year.  Limited to 8.

Dates/Time:  October 12, 13 & 14, (Sat, Sun Mon) – 9:00am to 5:00pm daily

Location:  Gone Feral’s Front-country Site, Lafayette, CO

Price: $225

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