This variable workshop is for the farmer, hunter, trapper, or anyone interested in utilizing hides of their own. I come to you with my equipment and tools, and we tan hides.
Rawhide is more than it seems. This stiff, preserved hide has been through some stages of the tanning process but is caught between worlds, ready to be tanned in any method or left on its own to make containers or drums.
Bark-tanning is a unique hide tanning method which uses the tannins in plant material to transform animals skins – whether land mammal or marine life.
October 6 & 7, 2018. This 2-day workshop on alum-tawing creates resilient sheepskin rugs for home use. Alum is a natural constituent found in many soils, and the tawing method is a soaking method that produces bright white leather.
August 4-6, 2018. This 3-day workshop (with 2-day weekend option) is on the classical method of smoke-tanning, the world’s oldest hide tanning technique. Smoke-tanning is the most widespread method, being phenomenally pioneered worldwide in the same epoch as bowmaking.
August 3, 2018. This class is for the folk herbalist interested in learning the basics of home preparedness. We will cover common health ailments such as the flu, injuries, and digestive complaints and their herbal allies.
The medicine of plants is contained within their phytoconstituents, and these can be extracted with various menstrua (natural solvents) to create herbal preparations..
An introduction to basic first aid care and emergency preparedness. Incorporated are elements of Wilderness First Aid, Occupational First Aid, and herbal remedies to together create a holistics and far-reaching approach.
A half-day walkabout becoming acquainted with local plants, both those who evolved on this continent and recent transplants. We will begin the class with a short history of Western Herbalism and Botany, and learn about sustainable harvesting techniques and foraging culture.