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Rawhide Parfleche

Rawhide Parfleche
13 July, 2020

Rawhide Parfleche

Learn to make a rawhide Parfleche envelope, decorated with natural pigments

Rawhide has been used since the very beginning of the hunter gatherer era. It’s relatively easy to produce, has a multitude of purposes and is incredibly strong and durable. 

The name Parfleche is of Canadian French origin, deriving from the materials ability to deflect an arrow. 

The rawhide Parfleche envelope would have been used as storage for food items or valuables since early man. However, the beauty of this simple item was truly highlighted by the Native Americans, who would embellish them using natural pigments, as we will in this masterclass.

In this masterclass you’ll learn about the techniques involved in the manufacture and decoration of rawhide. We will discuss its unique qualities. We will choose a pattern for your Parfleche, cut and form the shape and finish by using natural pigment paints and hide glue to decorate them, applied using hand made bone brushes.

This is a truly primitive craft and skill in which you’ll leave with a functional container to be treasured and well used.

What are we going to do:

learn about the techniques involved in the manufacture and decoration of rawhide

4 may 2021 at 9:30 am

Duration: The workshop will last 4 hour

Costs Masterclass: €59,50

Take the following with you:

Own knife

About The Speaker

Steven is a primitive skills and Bushcraft instructor and craftsman, based in Sussex.  Steve and his wife Kirsty run Axe & Paddle Bushcraft, teaching a range of crafts such as Paddle Carving, Moccasin Making and Fur Tanning.

Primarily Steve enjoys making and recreating primitive artefacts – anything from primitive fishing hooks to sinew backed bows and he also makes a range of high quality ‘old-style’ camping bags and tents and carves solid wood canoe paddles.  He can turn his hand to any craft, with a fine eye for detail.  His passion for primitive skills and Bushcraft was born when his mother showed him a book about Native American Crafts, and he subsequently set about learning each of the skills he read about and making replicas of the crafts he saw. Read more >

Sessions by Steven Le Say

4 May 2021 – MASTERCLASS

5 May 2021 – MASTERCLASS

8 May 2021 – WORKSHOP