Buckskin & Barktan Buckskin close up Buckskin smoking in the rafters Feeling a soft buckskin Roe deer hides Working on a rawhide during the buckskin workshop Hand stretching a buckskin Frame softening a hide Buckskin kit pouch with an oak bark tanned base A buckskin shoulder strap, also stitched with buckskin! Hand softening a buckskin Stretching a fallow hide in a frame Buckskin haversack in action Scraping a hide membrane with a flint tool Staking a deer hide

Buckskin 2 Day Workshop

This traditional hide working workshop will equip you with the skills and knowledge to naturally tan hides and make rawhide, furs and pelts, bark tan leather and buckskin. Everyone who attends will work on their own deer hide leaving with a soft, smoky buckskin each.

Buckskin is an amazing material - tough but soft, virtually windproof but breathable, durable but flexible, stretching as you move. Worn by native peoples all over the world at one time or another it was the material of choice for clothing, footwear and equipment on the wild frontier for miners, workers, trappers, mountain men and all outdoors folk in the know.
 
Rustle free, good protection against thorns and masking the human scent, it's ideal for hunting clothing too!
 
Making buckskin the traditional way is physically hard, sometimes messy work, however the end result is truly worth it. The amazing transformation has been likened to woodland alchemy by previous student tanners.

Each working day will begin at 9am sharp and we’ll down tools at 6pm daily, however please be prepared to put in some extra hours in the evening if required.

All tools, materials and hot drinks are provided however, as all craft workshops are self-catered, please bring your own food for the duration. Our woodland kitchen has plenty of robust pots and pans for cooking over the campfire, as well as cool boxes and secure containers to store your food. You would be welcome to bring a small camping stove to speed up mealtimes, however small, personal camp fires are absolutely fine and fire wood is plentiful and free.

If you wish to stay locally, the nearest villages to our location are Tisbury, Hindon & Chicklade. If you would like to camp over in the woods, please mention this when you book.

This workshop can also be booked as a private training course so if the advertised date doesn’t suit you, get in touch to choose your own. Many other crafts, wilderness living and survival skills taught here can also be covered during a private course.

In 2021 the Buckskin 2 Day Workshop will be twinned once again with the popular Moccasin Workshop. Although standalone courses, there is the option of attending both combined to make an all inclusive five day workshop.
 
Those who opt for the combined five days will work on a slightly larger hide and use the resulting buckskin to make their moccasins from!
Numbers for all traditional craft workshops are limited so if you like the idea of learning to make buckskin and possibly even your own moccasins, please get in touch to book a place on this exclusive course.

 


Buckskin 2 Day Workshop

Buckskin 2 Day Workshop

2 Days

14-Jun-2021 to 15-Jun-2021

Start 09.00

Finish 18.00

£195

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