Ethical Fish Leather Tanning

What to Bring

  • Notepad
  • Writing materials
  • Apron
  • Gloves if you have any open cuts or infections

What to Wear

  • Casual, clothes you don't mind getting dirty

Ethical Fish Leather Tanning

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • This workshop will run from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

What You Will Learn

  • Traditional tanning methods
  • Hands-on participation

What You Get

  • Instructions
  • Take home your own fish leather project


Ever attempted to or wondered how to make your own leather? Couldn’t get around the ethical dilemma of using animal skins? Come along and learn the basics of traditional tanning using waste fish skins that would otherwise end up as landfill, and transform them into an all-natural versatile textile. No prior knowledge necessary and the recipe works on other animal hides. And yes, fish leather is a real thing!

CERES members and concession holders are entitled to a 10% discount. Enter "ceresmember" under the promotion and gifts code field.

*Please note that the CERES member or concession discount does not apply to "Bring-A-Friend" tickets which are already discounted

Trainer Bio:

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.

*photo credit Chris Wong

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Apr 2017
Ethical Fish Leather Tanning - 09 Apr 2017 10:00 AM

If you've ever wanted to know how to tan leather, this is a great place to start. The processes are simple and well explained by someone who understands them throughly. Josh was well prepared and engaging to learn from. Thanks!

Apr 2017
Ethical Fish Leather Tanning - 09 Apr 2017 10:00 AM

This was a great class! I not only learnt the basics of fish skin tanning, but Josh, the teacher extended the learning as far as we wanted to go, so we tackled possum skin tanning and discussed and learnt about much of the background knowledge of the broader possibilities of tanning. Highly recommended.

Apr 2017
Ethical Fish Leather Tanning - 09 Apr 2017 10:00 AM

I really liked joining that workshop and learnt lot things.l advice to everyone.