'Final Call' for last traditional tanning workshop in Melbourne before Winter!

If not now..... When?
— Eckhart Tolle

If you've ever wanted to learn or experience first-hand how to preserve your own animal skins or furs at home using all natural ingredients, then now's your chance before we take a break over winter in Melbourne!



 Pictured: Josh (your friendly facilitator), holding up the fish skins that were tanned by previous students and discussing how methods used on fish are transferred to larger skins such as the goat fur skin he is holding.

Pictured: Josh (your friendly facilitator), holding up the fish skins that were tanned by previous students and discussing how methods used on fish are transferred to larger skins such as the goat fur skin he is holding.

 

Why fish skins and tanning? By starting with smaller skins such as waste fish skins, you will learn the basics needed to move on to larger animal skins and hides (starting small is best).

 
 Pictured: A participant uses a slate scraper to remove the scales off the fish in the first stages of 'fleshing' and cleaning up the skin ready for tanning.

Pictured: A participant uses a slate scraper to remove the scales off the fish in the first stages of 'fleshing' and cleaning up the skin ready for tanning.

 

In this weekends workshop Josh will be mostly demonstrating with fish skins, however for those interested, email us directly (CLICK HERE) and let us know if you would be interested in Josh bringing along a fur skin to learn how to treat a fur naturally as well (Goat and/ or Rabbit is available).

 
 Pictured: A participant at the Wild by Nature Camp using a 'Beavers Tooth' to stretch out a goat skin before applying the tanning solution to get it nice and soft.

Pictured: A participant at the Wild by Nature Camp using a 'Beavers Tooth' to stretch out a goat skin before applying the tanning solution to get it nice and soft.

 
 Pictured: Josh explaining the need to continually tighten the cords evenly on the frame to ensure the skin is stretched properly and thoroughly for making it easier to soften.

Pictured: Josh explaining the need to continually tighten the cords evenly on the frame to ensure the skin is stretched properly and thoroughly for making it easier to soften.



The Bush Tannery