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Braintanned Buckskin Workshop

Crow's Nest Wildcraft

Saturday, 4 August 2018 at 9:30 AM - Monday, 6 August 2018 at 4:30 PM (PDT)

Braintanned Buckskin Workshop

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Standard tuition Ended $325.00 $15.22
Indigenous and elders' price Ended $300.00 $14.09

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Join us for a weekend of epic skilling-up and deep nature immersion in this hide tanning workshop.

We will be tanning with the braintan (smoketan) method, an ancient and versatile technology with modern utility. Along the way we will learn the history of hide tanning, variable methods, and explore the cultural and modern contexts of this craft.

The hides in this workshop are wild deer skins, salvaged from hunting season. Each one was skinned with the tanner's pull method to ensure the highest quality hide.

Each participant works with their own deer skin, from start to finish. 

As always, take home your own buckskin creation at the end.


9:30am: Introductions and methodology
10:30am: Graining and membraning
4:00pm: Neutralizing
4:30pm: Wringing

9:30am: Braining and wringing
11:00am: Softening and drying

9:30am: Set up for smoking
12:00pm: Smoking hides; history and information 
4:00-4:30pm: Closing


Regular 3-day weekend: $325
Indigenous and elders' tuition price: $300

Tuition includes catered lunch and drinks and your own take-home buckskin.

*Bursaries available for lower tuition. Email to enquire.


This event is taking place on Kwantlen First Nation territory. 

We respect the unique traditions of each Indigenous Nation and seek to decolonize all our relationships.

Have questions about Braintanned Buckskin Workshop? Contact Crow's Nest Wildcraft

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Laurica Farm
25775 12 Avenue
Langley Township, BC V4W 2J7

Saturday, 4 August 2018 at 9:30 AM - Monday, 6 August 2018 at 4:30 PM (PDT)

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Crow's Nest Wildcraft

Crow's Nest Wildcraft is an artisan hide tannery.

I use ancient methods of harnessing tannins, fats, and smoke to transform animal skins into workable, wearable, durable material.

All animal hides are ethically harvested and either skinned by me or salvaged from hunters and farmers. Only the natural ingredients found in bark, smoke, and oils are used in tanning. No industrial processes or byproducts are utilized.

Scars and skin imperfections are kept intact on my leather goods. Predator claws, barbed-wire fence scratches, and antler wounds may all be present. The story of each animal carries forward in the finished product.

I work with hides of Coastal Blacktail deer, Mule deer, Whitetail deer, Pronghorn antelope, domesticated sheep, wild and domesticated goat, raccoon, and beaver. Each species takes best to a particular tanning method and creates a unique end product, but there is also rich variation amongst individuals.


I call my work artisanal - rather than traditional.

As a rambling mixed settler who has gleaned knowledge from many teachers, I do not operate within a specific traditional lineage.

I practice this work in western Montana on Shoshone traditional territory and at home on Cortes Island, at the north end of Coast Salish territory.

I respect the unique traditions of Indigenous nations and seek to decolonize all my relationships.

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