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Leather Making: Braintanning Buckskin

  • Feb 15, 2014 · 1:00 PM

In this three day class we will take fresh deer hides and by going through the process will learn how to turn them into leather, without the use of dangerous chemicals. This is the same process that was used by Native Americans and Mountain Men. Brain tanned buckskin is one of the oldest ways of turning a hide into leather. The process is long and hard, as anyone who has done it will attest, but the outcome is far better then any other leather: it is stronger then Carhartt yet softer then velvet.

This is a great way to learn this homesteading skill that every one can do in there own backyards.

This class will teach you all the processes of braintanning by guiding you, step by step, in the creation of your very own buckskin.

Feb 15: Graining (half day)
Feb 22: Braining and Softening (full day)
March 1: Smoking (half day)

Cost: $210

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  • Derec

    Do you supply an intact hide? I have an unprocessed one that I harvested a month ago that's kind of hard since I haven't grained it. Is it still usable for this class?

    January 20, 2014

    • Derec

      Not fleshed nor salted (why I need a class). I recently acquired a fleshing/scraping kit and to start processing all my own hides. Do my hard hide with flesh on it won't be any good for this? Can I do anything else with it at this point? Thanks Drover!

      January 22, 2014

    • Drover

      Derec , It all depends upon if the hide is rotten or not, due to the fat that is still on it. I've seen hides that were unfleshed and hard be okay and others that are too far spent. What would need to happen is for the hide to be soaked in water until it becomes rehydrated, could take a day or two and is best to change out the water every 12 hours. Then to flesh the hide and make sure that it is not falling apart. I usually don't do fleshing as part of the class just because it is not that good to store the hides that way. But if you sign up for the class we can most certainly do the fleshing with you. I'll have a back up hide for you just incase as well.

      January 23, 2014

  • Jo I.

    What kind of place do you need; ie, space, indoors or out, water, etc.

    January 17, 2014

    • Drover

      Graining needs to be done outside, other wise it's just a huge sloppy mess. The softening needs to be done where it wont get wet and thats warmish b/c we got to get the hides dry at that point. So if it's sunny outside and nice the outside is great. It can be done under a fly with a stove or inside. Smoking is best done outside, otherwise smoke alarms go off and people start coughing. As far as the size of place needed, a place large enough to fit up to 10 people plus working room of about 3x5ft. Got a place in mind?

      January 18, 2014

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