Buckskin smoking in the rafters Buckskin close up Feeling a soft buckskin Working on a rawhide during the buckskin workshop Hand stretching a buckskin Frame softening a hide Buckskin Haversack with barktan strap 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 Scraping a hide membrane with a flint tool Staking a deer hide

Natural Hide Tanning - Buckskin

This two day traditional hide working workshop will equip you with the skills to turn a deer hide into soft, smoky buckskin, as well as the knowledge to make rawhide, furs and pelts and bark tan leather. 

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 and we’ll aim to finish at 5pm 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, please bring your own food for the duration.
 
If you wish to stay locally, the nearest villages are Tisbury, Hindon & Chicklade. If you would like to camp over in the woods, please mention this when you book.

This 2 day workshop can be booked as private training for groups of two or more people. Please get in touch to choose your own date.
 

 


Natural Hide Tanning - Buckskin

Natural Hide Tanning - Buckskin

2 Days

Start 09.00

Finish 17.00

£200 per person (minimum of 2 people required to book)

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