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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.

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Winter Medicine, November 18 + 25, 2019


Welcome to Winter Medicine, a learning journey easing into the season ahead.  

This two-part course is happening online: Monday, November 18 and Monday, November 25, 2019.  Each session takes place live from 6:30pm-8:00pm Pacific Time.  

You don’t need to join it live – a recording of the class is sent out the same day, so you can sit in at your convenience or watch the class again to glean more from it.


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Smoke-tanned Buckskin Workshop, Jan 25-27, 2020

This 3-day workshop (with 2-day weekend option) is on the classical method of smoke-tanning (brain-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.

The alchemical combination of fat and smoke – with some hard work – transform deer skins into soft, wearable material.  Participants start with a soaked hide ready for scraping and walk away with a buckskin of their own creation.

Venue: Laurica Farm, 25775 12th Ave, Aldergrove, BC.

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Sheepskin Tanning, Feb 7-9, 2020

Deepen into slowness and ancestral creativity this winter.  This natural and ethical tanning technique is the alum-taw method, an easy project for beginner tanners. We transform fresh sheepskins into beautiful + usable creations over two days.

Each participant works on their own sheepskin provided by the course and takes home their polished piece of art.

We explore the history of tanning, variable methods, and important cultural contexts surrounding this keystone ancestral skill.

Price, venue, and meal information found 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.

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