Masterclasses, May 4thTanning in a Day (May 4th 09:30-17:00)

Tanning in a Day (May 4th 09:30-17:00)


Before the advent of modern tanning agents, humans were turning raw skin into usable leather products using materials readily available to them from the surrounding environment. Come learn the progression of this process from raw skin to beautiful, usable, finished leather from an instructor with over 25 years of experience in tanning technologies.

This course will cover pre-processes necessary to all tannage types such as: storing skins and de-fleshing. After which steps such as de-hairing and de-graining specific to individual tannage types such as hair off vegetable tan and fat tans will be covered. In the afternoon the course will delve into dressing and softening both vegetable tanned and fat tanned skins.

This course will be a combination of demonstration and hands on experience and will include a short talk on tanning theory to explain the various tannage types, along with a handling collection of different types covered in the talk.

Please come prepared to get a bit dirty!

All tools will be provided. Please be aware the only thing you will take away from this course is knowledge.

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