Buckskin is the velvety-soft textile made from tanning any mammal hide. Its name comes from the ‘bucking solution’ that preps the hides prior to our first day together (more on that in class!). Buckskin is created through a combination of fat and smoke. The fat (in the form of, yes, brains) absorbs into the hide to lubricate the pores, while the smoke organically reacts with the fat molecules and transforms the hide from skin into textile. A hide must be worked vigorously with tools and by hand to turn it from a stiff piece of rawhide (think: drum heads) into smooth fabric.
All hides, tools, and equipment are provided by the course. You work on your own deer skin, sourced ethically during the 2020 hunting season, and take home your brand-new buckskin at the end.
Dates: February 13-15, 2021
Cost: Sliding scale $0-$675
- Introductions; scraping hides of hair and membrane; neutralizing hides.
- Braining hides; Softening hides until they are dry.
- Smoking hides
Each participant will be asked to confirm their health and recent travel history in accordance with British Columbia’s health event guidelines Personal information will be collected for contact tracing. We will primarily be working outdoors and spaced over two metres apart during the workshop. When indoors, we will be wearing masks. Common spaces such as the washroom and doorways will be continuously sanitized throughout the day.
For more information please go here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-pho-order-gatherings-events.pdf
Once registered, you will receive an automatically-generated confirmation email from Crowsnest and I will follow up with more details a week or two in advance of the workshop. Feel free to email with any questions at email@example.com.