Traditional Tanning at the Lost Trades Fair 2017 a Dream Come True!

A big thankyou to Ei (pronounced 'E') from 'Renourish Rewild' for sharing this incredible experience and her knowledge of oil/ brain tanning, Lisa and Glen Rundell for there relentless enthusiasm and support for lost trades and to everyone that made the weekend special. It certainly won't be the last!...

 (Pictured - Discussing the basics of oil tanning using fox and rabbit pelts) *Photo credit  Chalky Signs

(Pictured - Discussing the basics of oil tanning using fox and rabbit pelts) *Photo credit Chalky Signs

Within a week of the fair approaching, the 'Tiny Tannery' aka. portable tanning and leathercrafting workshop was built. Using as much 'waste' as possible (one of the main focuses of the business with using waste animal skins), this portable workshop has the capacity to not only function as a trailer, but also as a Tiny House. Due to it's Tiny, Tiny features it will be able to travel to more events and locations across Australia to learn, preserve and share traditional tanning and leather crafting practices.

 Traditional Tanning corner of LTF 2017: The 'Tiny Tannery's' first debut appearance (pictured)

Traditional Tanning corner of LTF 2017: The 'Tiny Tannery's' first debut appearance (pictured)

After attending the Lost Trades Fair in 2016 and being incredibly inspired watching and soaking up years/ decades/ generations/ millennia of craft knowledge, I knew deep in my bones that traditional tanning complemented all the other age old trades on display.

Being a first generation 'Tanner', and having my one and only mentor some 14,000 kms away in Sweden, it's been an incredible journey to learn and adapt this trade back home in Australia.

Thanks to events such as the Lost Trades Fair in Kyneton, conversations and contacts have increased and assisted in further opportunities to preserve and share the knowledge of traditional tanning and leather crafting.

And if you haven't heard the NEWS! The Lost Trades Fair will be heading to Toowoomba later this year. More details on this later on in the year.

 Pictured: George Smithwick (6th Generation Cooper) with Andy & Wendy from Cobb+Co Toowoomba - Looking all very excited! - *Photo credit Lost Trades Fair

Pictured: George Smithwick (6th Generation Cooper) with Andy & Wendy from Cobb+Co Toowoomba - Looking all very excited! - *Photo credit Lost Trades Fair

And that's a wrap! Wow it's already been an amazing year so far. Glad to have you on board and stay tuned for more adventures.

Interested in learning these skills for yourself or a friend? Check out our latest for 2017 Workshops

If you're interested in learning/ discussing these skills, please fill in the contact form. or give me a call on 0484594773

Cheers,

Josh

 

The Bush Tannery