Fur N' Fish – A Weekend Immersion in Traditional Leather Making

Fur N' Fish – A Weekend Immersion in Traditional Leather Making


First weekend of March on the 3rd & 4th @ Ceres Environment Park, Melbourne, Victoria

'Time to learn how to preserve your own animal furs and fish leather!'

The Bush Tannery and Nature's Apprentice present 'Fur N' Fish' – A Weekend Immersion in the Traditional Craft of Leather Making (Tanning). From learning all the basic tools you will need, the best information provided to take home, and a lot of elbow grease (hard work), come and learn some of the most ancient forms of traditional tanning on the planet.

After a series of crossing paths and exchanging rewilding skills, your facilitators Josh McLean and Claire Dunn, are excited to be offering their first collaborative workshop in traditional tanning and working respectively and consciously with our animal friends. 

While we have spoken about potentially running more workshops like this in the future, it is possible that this may only be a once a year event, so book now or get in touch to secure your spot and avoid missing out!


*No experience necessary and if you would like to bring a child along please fill out the contact form to discuss this further

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'Time to learn how to preserve your own animal furs and fish leather!'


In this weekend intensive with Traditional Tanner Josh McLean and renowned Nature Connection Author and Practitioner Claire Dunn, you will learn the basics of one of the world’s oldest crafts, traditional tanning.


This will be the first time that Josh offers both a land & sea (Fur N’ Fish) guide to tanning, and to make it even more special, with assistance from Claire Dunn to explore ritual around death, and the deeper connection that comes with honouring an animal in this way.


Participants will not only learn these skills hands on in a safe and supportive environment, but will walk away with their very own fish leather and rabbit pelt to continue exploring at home with some of the best information and recipes available today.


**No previous experience necessary and anyone interested is welcome to join (and yes things may get a bit fishy!)


Trainer Bios



Josh McLean

Owner and Operator of The Bush Tannery, he learned the skills of traditional tanning from Lotta Rahme, a Master Tanner in Sweden. Based on thousands of years of traditional knowledge, Josh’s passion is to help preserve and pass these practical skills on for generations to come.

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Claire Dunn

Author of ‘My Year Without Matches’, is a rewilding faciliatator through her business Nature’s Apprentice, and has dedicated her life to the art of mentoring and guiding people back into nature connection. A big part of that being back into connection with the animal world through tracking, walking, observing and embodying the spirits of our fellow creatures through conscious practice.