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Intro to Traditional Tanning



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Ever attempted to and or wanted to learn how to make your own leathers and furskins at home? Based on traditional methods, all natural ingredients and ethically sourced skins, come and learn for a day with full-time traditional tanner and leather craft facilitator Josh McLean from The Bush Tannery. As a participant in this workshop you will have access to:

~ expert information
~ a chance to use some of the traditional tools
~ help preparing an animal hide from fleshing to stringing it up into a frame to preserve it as a furskin rug
~ instructions for experimenting at home
~ time to ask lots of questions and take notes/ photos on the day

**Some traditional tanning tools and books will be available to purchase on the day depending on stock (so bring
some cash in case)

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.

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What you will learn
  • Traditional tanning methods
  • Hands-on participation
What you will get
  • Instructions
  • Practical skills

What to bring
  • Notepad
  • Drink bottle and lunch
  • Gloves if you have any open cuts or infections or don't want to handle skins with bare hands
What to wear

Casual, clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Sunscreen and hat

Appropriate for

Those wanting to learn the traditional skill of hide tanning



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CERES - Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.

It is also a thriving community, an urban farm, Australia’s largest deliverer of environmental education, an event and conference venue and a place rich with social and cultural diversity. CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice.

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10 January 2019 • Intro to Traditional Tanning

The one-day intro to traditional tanning gives learners enough knowledge to get started with successful tanning at home. The teacher's commitment to traditional techniques is impressive, along with his understanding of how best to compromise with modern tools. I used this workshop as a recap, having done a traditional buckskin tanning workshop with him and another teacher some time ago, and came away feeling as confident in my renewed skills and knowledge as I'd hoped I would.


16 November 2018 • Intro to Traditional Tanning

Great day! I loved it and learnt a lot.


28 April 2018 • Intro to Traditional Tanning

This workshop was great! very informative and very hands on for those wanting to learn more about traditional tanning. Josh is a great teacher, leading a very interesting and informative theory session before getting into the hands on stuff, providing a much better understanding of whats actually going on!

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