Introduction to the Art of 'Fur Skin' Tanning (Making Natural Fur Rugs)

Introduction to the Art of 'Fur Skin' Tanning (Making Natural Fur Rugs)

250.00

Friday 25th to Sunday 27th May, 2018 @ Lorinna, Tasmania

The Bush Tannery presents: 'An Introduction to the Art of 'Fur skin tanning' (Making Natural Fur Rugs) – In this workshop you will learn how to make your own all natural and ethical fur skin rugs using simple and accessible ingredients and methods. Set on a beautiful organic farm in Lorinna, just 1 & 1/2 hrs South of Devonport (where the Spirit of Tas ferry comes in), Or 2 hrs West of Launceston. Come pitch a tent/ swag or BYO accommodation amongst the trees and beautiful landscape of this highlands community.

*Please fill in the contact form if you require concession or other financial assistance with attending this course*

 

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Step into the drivers seat of a three day weekend experience with one of the world's oldest trades.... traditional tanning (Fur Skin tanning).

Your facilitator (Josh McLean), learned the skills of traditional tanning many moons ago in the Arctic of Lapland, Sweden. From his mentor and Master Tanner Lotta Rahme (www.lottasgarveri.se), Josh has been adapting and practicing recipes based on thousands of years of wisdom teachings for the past 3 years now back home in Australia. Most of these teachings have been passed on to Lotta as she travelled the world experiencing various forms of traditional tanning and her own adaptions. Lotta still runs her own tannery in Sigtuna (a medieval town of Sweden, South of Stockholm).

'Fur Skin' tanning has been seen across the globe in various ancient cultures (including our own Indigenous people in Australia), and our more recent cultures as a practical and ethical source for producing versatile fur items. While we face dark times with 'factory farming' and the poor treatment of animals across the world, the reality is that animals do die even outside of these realms, and can be treated and preserved in ways that are ethical, natural, sustainable, simple and practical based on our ancestral knowledge..... The methods we will be learning together over the 3 days will produce an incredibly durable, washable and practical textile for an incredible amount of uses and will last you a lifetime, if not more when correctly stored and looked after. The skins supplied will come from sources that align with the vision of The Bush Tannery and honouring our fur creature friends.

What do you get for investing $250 into the weekend? (Concession avail - CLICK HERE to fill in a contact form to discuss).

- All organic meals, light snacks and refreshments from Lunch on the first day (Friday) until Lunch on the last day (We will finish at 5pm so no dinner Sunday evening - All diets catered for and yes we will offer vegan/ vegetarian alternatives to suit all last buds *please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements)
- Space to pitch your tent or if you require more substantial accomodation or space to park your van etc, please fill in the contact form so we can work something out.
- Your own fur skin (approx. 1/2 hide depending on numbers in the course) to take home to continue processing (don't worry it won't smell if you follow the instructions correctly for storing/ processing etc) **You can bring your own fur skin, just let us know beforehand so we can make sure it's suitable for the workshop and not too much work for you!
- Tanning solution that you learn how to prepare and apply to your skins
- An experience of taking a raw animal hide with flesh still on and using a series of tools and equipment to transform it into a versatile fur skin for crafting or just using as a rug (*these are old processes so if you fail it's ok. This takes time to learn)
- A take home print out with notes on what you learned and how to continue the processes at home
- Hang out with like minded and spirited bunch of people in a safe and open environment within a beautiful community setting
- By the end of the weekend your body mind and spirit will need adequate resting, feeling confident that you or someone you teach can also make fur skins, honoring whichever animal comes into your life.

NOTE: **It takes a lot of work to prepare for these workshops so that all stages of the process can be experienced.... Economically this doesn't make sense.... however practically to keep this knowledge alive IT DOES and it's really important as our planet is changing rapidly and more people are realising the need for learning traditional crafts and skills. So please keep this in mind when you are planning on attending the workshop**

At this point you may be asking yourself.... IS THIS FOR ME? Can I really take a dead animal hide and go through an entire long weekend transforming it into a fur skin rug?

Yes.... You can.

That said, these are very physically involved workshops. However, if for some reason you are unable to complete any of the steps, you are more than welcome to still attend, even just for the experience. You will also receive assistance every step of the way and like you, other participants will also be learning from little to no experience.

Bookings are already being taken and due to the amount of preparation and space available,  tickets will be capped to 15 students.

See you there! Any questions or feedback, please don't hesitate to contact me on 0484594773 (9am - 6pm) or fill in the contact form.

Josh

 

*Please fill in the contact form to discuss concession application if needed*

 
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