Come and rediscover the ancient art of traditional tanning and leather crafting.
The Bush Tannery offers a range of hands-on workshops that puts the students in the driving seat of their own experience. If you'd like to learn some rewarding skills and meet some amazing people, our current workshops can be found below.
Autumn and Spring Workshops – (*April 7th CANCELLED) & November 20th
This one day intensive will open the door to how we've tanned skins and hides on this planet for thousands of years. Using waste fish skins that would otherwise end up in landfill, you will take a raw fish skin with flesh and transform it using natural and easily accessible tools and ingredients to continue practicing at home. A great one day intensive for those with little to no experience of making traditional leather.
"This was a great class! I not only learnt the basics of fish skin tanning, but Josh, the teacher extended the learning as far as we wanted to go, so we tackled possum skin tanning and discussed and learnt about much of the background knowledge of the broader possibilities of tanning. Highly recommended!" - Kate (attendee at the Autumn class @ CERES)
Bookings for this event must be made through the Ceres website. For tickets and more information click the link below:
Autumn and Spring Workshops – May 26th & November 17th
Ever attempted to and or wanted to learn how to make your own leathers and furskins at home?
Based on traditional methods, all natural ingredients and ethically sourced skins, come and learn for a day with full-time traditional tanner and leather craft facilitator Josh McLean from The Bush Tannery.
As a participant in this workshop you will have access to:
~ some of the best information available
~ a chance to use some of the traditional tools
~ help preparing an animal hide from fleshing to stringing it up into a frame to preserve it as a furskin rug
~ recipes for experimenting at home
~ time to ask lots of questions and take notes/ photos on the day
**Some traditional tanning tools and books will be available to purchase on the day depending on stock (so bring some cash in case)
Bookings for this event must be made through the Ceres website. For tickets and more information visit the link below:
**If any issues with booking please don't hesitate to contact CERES to discuss.
See you there!
Sunday 5th May, 2019 @ Off-grid Living Festival, Eldorado, VIC
The Bush Tannery presents: 'Wild Rabbit Fur Tanning’ - An Off-grid Living Festival Special on the day after the main festival, onsite with Josh McLean between 10am to 4pm (BYO lunch/ snacks/ water) at the ‘Tiny Tannery’.
While it normally takes a few days to process a fur skin from start to finish using all natural and traditional methods, in this one day workshop you will be exposed to a lot of the tools and knowledge necessary to begin or improve your fur skin and leather making journey.
So what are you waiting for? No experience necessary and I’m looking forward to meeting you and sharing what I consider a very valuable off-grid living skill that you can continue for many years to come!
In love and leather,
Josh (Owner/ Facilitator)
*Child friendly/ family/ all abilities friendly workshop, so please fill in the contact form (CLICK HERE) if you think your child and or dependent person will require support throughout the workshop and we can talk about how that might work.
Saturday May 4th @ Centennial Park, Eldorado, Victoria
Last year we SOLD OUT within the first hour of the gates opening, so please make sure come see us at the ‘Tiny Tannery’ (A small rustic house on a trailer), to book your spot.
'These 2 hour sessions at the Off-grid Living Festival will give you a true taster into what it takes to make traditional leathers, 'Off-the-grid'!'
11am - 1pm
2pm - 4pm
*Make sure you approach Josh early in the morning on the day to book your spot for either the morning or afternoon session. Spaces are limited and are given on a first in first served basis.
See you there!
What are they saying?
"The Bush Tannery offers a unique experience in our modern world. During the workshop one has a sense they are stepping back in time, learning the primitive technologies our ancestors used to survive, connecting us to what it really is to be human. Josh reignites these age old skills with his work and his passion to bring them to light in our society shines through in everything he does. I am awed not only by his commitment and ethical viewpoint, but by his humble character and genuine nature"
- The Perma-Pixie (Taj Scicluna)
"The weekend workshop was fantastic! We gained practical experience transforming raw skin into beautiful leather and Josh clearly explained each step of the process. Highly recommended"
- Jeremy Yau
"Josh's extensive knowledge and sharing on how leather is created resourcefully from discarded animal skins, was absorbed with enthusiasm and potential"
- Jack Miller (Akajack's Leathercrafting)
"Thanks again for the weekend. I can't really express how inspiring what you are doing"
- Jules & Sammy (White Water Leather)
"Josh is turning waste products (that would otherwise end up in landfill) into beautiful pieces of earth friendly, all natural, works of art (accessories). He is also teaching others the craft through workshops to ensure the traditional methods can be passed on!"
- Kate Martin (Faith.Love.Kate Blog)
We also appear at events where we demonstrate and teach some of what we do to larger audiences, you can visit our news page to keep up to date with events where you'll find us. If you have an event you'd like to see us at, or are interested in having our workshop come to you please visit our contact section to get in touch.