Ready to learn how to make your own natural leathers at home? Then come join us in a couple of weeks!

Ever attempted to and or wanted to make your own leather at home from ethical and waste animal skins?

Sick of seeing animal skins thrown away or left to rot?

Love leather crafting, but not the guilt that comes with using commercially produced leathers and questionable alternatives? 

In a couple of weeks time, come join Australian born Traditional Tanner Josh McLean and Danielle Prophet (all the way from Canada), and learn the art of making natural leather using tree bark, also known as 'Bark Tanning'. One of the oldest known forms of making leather.

Below you can see the results of this process for yourself.....

 
 Picture: Using the kangaroo leather that Josh produces at his Tannery in the Yarra Valley (where this workshop will be held), Kirsty Button commissioned Josh to produce this bag with her. *Fur is roadkill rabbit.

Picture: Using the kangaroo leather that Josh produces at his Tannery in the Yarra Valley (where this workshop will be held), Kirsty Button commissioned Josh to produce this bag with her. *Fur is roadkill rabbit.

 

Obviously there's a lot more to it than throwing an animal skin into a pile of tree bark... 

CLICK on this video below and you can see an overview of the types of processes you will be experiencing when you attend our workshop (not as confronting or as smelly as it seems).

 
 

Based just 1hr outside of the City of Melbourne, come camp the weekend, wake up with the Kookaburras and native wildlife on a beautiful bush block and natural building community overlooking the Yarra Valley.

From raw animal skin with the flesh still on (harvested from ethical and legal sources), you will experience the complete journey to finished leather in just one weekend (normally taking months to do it all from the beginning!)

 
 Picture: Josh explaining the different layers of the skin when removing the flesh and membrane in the first stages of tanning. Participants Sammy and Kirstie on the 'fleshing beams' while other participants eagerly wait their turn.

Picture: Josh explaining the different layers of the skin when removing the flesh and membrane in the first stages of tanning. Participants Sammy and Kirstie on the 'fleshing beams' while other participants eagerly wait their turn.

 

We're limiting numbers to 12 participants, and have already started processing bookings.

So if you're thinking of doing this workshop, book now or at least get in contact to secure your spot!

 
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CLICK the 'BOOK NOW' button for more info and booking your tickets to this event

 

Or if you're struggling financially and need to apply for concession or a payment plan, then we welcome you to fill in a contact form so we can make other arrangements

 

See you there!

Josh & Danielle

The Bush Tannery