Tanning Deerskins Naturally
April 30, May 1 & 2, 2010
During this 3-day intensive you will use traditional brain tanning
techniques to take a deer hide from the raw state to a finished
buckskin. Each participant will be given their own deer skin to work
and take home upon completion. We will provide all the necessary tools,
brains, materials, and guidance. Each day we will start at 9 am and go
until you are complete for that day, ending typically around 5 pm.
Tanning using these methods involves a lot of physical work. We will
have on-site, primitive camping with evening activities for Friday and
Saturday nights. The location is SE of Austin, TX.
For the goat herders out there – this is an excellent way to make more
usable products from your herd.
Our primary instructor is Red Louvish. Red is a professional brain
tanner living in the Austin, TX area. Red has been a featured teacher
at Rabbitstick and Wintercount primitive skills gatherings. One feel of
a skin that Red has tanned will convince you of his qualifications.
Supple, light, and strong. Red’s works are for sale locally at the
Bastrop Producers Market on HWay 71 East of Austin.
The cost of the workshop is only $325. Class size will be limited so we
can have a low student to instructor ratio. Register at
Alternate rain dates are May 22-24, 2010.