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Hide Scraper


These tools are hand-forged by Zilka Forgewerks, an artisan blacksmith based in Portland. Use these for fleshing, graining, and membraning hides.  Stainless steel and designed for easy maintenance, they have a bevelled edge on each side for comfortable handling.

To order: buy here and you will receive a confirmation email to ask if you are getting shipping or will pick up.  Pick-up is in Aldergrove, BC.  Shipping is $20 CAD extra within Canada.

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Hide Tanning Immersion, November 2019 – February 2020


This opportunity is for those who wish to sink into the craft of hide tanning, learn within a dedicated group, and tap into the rhythm of the seasons this winter. Welcome to hide time.

Applications are now open!  Follow the link to the application form. Applications close October 31, 2019.

See below for more details.

Hide Tanning Tool-kit


This tool-kit has all the essentials you need to get started hide tanning!

Scraper: for fleshing and wet scraping all hides in the first steps to prep for tanning.  Fits nicely in the hand and its stainless steel blade resists rust and keeps its edge.  Custom design by Mara; hand-made by Nathan at Zilka Forgewerks.

Apron: for many stages of tanning, an absolute essential.  This ankle-length apron is waterproof and durable.

Awl: for framing hides to prepare for softening. This graduated awl is perfect for any size hide and fits in the palm of the hand.

Pumice: for a finishing touch to buckskins and sheepskins to add sheen and polished look. Wildcrafted with permission on Lil’wat and Shasta Nations territories.

Cost: $125

Shipping: $30 within Canada; $55 to USA.

All prices in CAD.

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Sheepskin Rugs ~ New stock March 15!


To place an order, click on the button, fill out your information, and get your sheepskin!  You can choose local pickup or shipping.  You will receive a confirmation from me that your order was processed within 1 business day.

To learn more about Suffolk sheepskins, see below.


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Smoke-tanned Buckskin Workshop, March 28-30, 2020

Join in on three days of deep immersion in this hide tanning workshop.

We will be tanning with the smoketan (braintan) method to make buckskin, an ancient textile in resurgence. Along the way we will learn the history of hide tanning and explore the cultural and modern contexts of this craft.

Blue Deer Lodge (formerly Lemon Creek Lodge) is our host and we are so excited to be welcomed at this lovely nook in the woods! We will be sharing a lunchtime meal and staying in the cosy lodge with a fireside living room and nearby trails.

The hides provided are wild deer skins salvaged during the 2019 hunting season. I skin and salvage these hides from animals whose hunters want only the meat. I use the tanner’s pull method to ensure the highest quality of intact hides.

Each participant works with their own deer skin from start to finish, and you take home your own creation at the end. We also help each other out and lean on each other through the tough work.


See details below.

*Indoor accommodations sold out.