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Introduction to Traditional Tanning

Join Josh McLean from The Bush Tannery to learn traditional tanning methods

This 6-hr workshop will run on the following date in 2022:

Saturday 17 September / Sunday 11 December

from $103 | 1 day

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Ever attempted to and or wanted to learn how to make your own leathers and fur skins 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 leathercraft facilitator Josh McLean from The Bush Tannery. As a participant in this workshop you will have access to:

~ expert information
~ 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 fur skin rug
~ instructions 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)

Josh McLean learnt the skills of fish leather tanning in Lapland, Sweden based on Master Tanner Lotta Rahme’s work. While travelling, Josh had the privilege of learning firsthand from Lotta at her tannery in Sigtuna, and is now operating his own small business here in Australia out of the Yarra Valley called The Bush Tannery. The knowledge of traditional tanning and leather-crafting has been handed down from various indigenous groups across the planet with a strong common message and one that Josh fully embraces: craft beautiful textiles that celebrate life, not destroy it.

What you will learn

  • Traditional tanning methods
  • Hands-on participation

What you will get

  • Instructions
  • Practical skills

What to wear

Comfortable, old clothing that you don’t mind getting stained

CERES reserves the right to cancel workshops due to insufficient numbers.

If we cancel the workshop you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.

If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain a 10% administration fee.

If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain 100% of your workshop fee.

Should CERES have to cancel the course due to Government changes relating to the COVD-19 response, we will let you know as soon as possible. Affected participants will be sent a notification that includes details on how to re-book another date or workshop. While cancellations on our part remain refundable within the specified time period, we do hope you will consider bearing with us in these precarious and trying times, and consider the rescheduled date where possible.

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