Natural Leather Tanning Workshop Hunter Region


Russell Coight
Jan 24, 2014
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Northern Rivers NSW
After a break from running leather tanning workshops and a huge increase in interest since covid, am stoked to be offering them again. This one is happening near Dungog with others to come from Northern Rivers to Illawarra. If a better spot to mention these on Bushcraft Oz please let me know. Also curious if there might be a section on here for discussing leather tanning with the traditional techniques. Thanks everyone.

Upcoming Workshop:
Traditional Leather Tanning Workshop - Tan your own fur skin

28-29 November and 4-6 December 2020

Location: Wildcraft Australia, Bandon Grove NSW

Come to this two weekend workshop and learn the craft of traditional leather tanning with readily available all-natural materials and techniques that you can use and replicate in your own backyard.

Using emulsified fats and smoke in a technique known as brain tan or oil tanning, you will be guided through the fundamentals of tanning your own leather for clothing, accessories and homewares. This technique preserves and softens the skins so that you can create a breathable, stretchy and luxuriant result time after time.

Using otherwise wasted skins, learn how to tan the pelts of the small to medium sized animal hides that you come across in your life. The basic concepts of this technique is applicable to rabbits, kangaroos, goat, deer, sheep and even fish.

You will leave this workshop with your own dry scraping tool and goat pelt, naturally tanned with emulsified fats and smoke, able to recreate this technique at home whenever you need to.

Book here:

About your instructor:
Ei Yang is a rewilding and bushcraft instructor whose passion for nature connection and self-sufficiency has put her on a life path of exploration into traditional crafts and wisdom so that these skills may be preserved and practiced for perpetuity. She first learnt this technique during her travels in the US in 2012 and has been perfecting and experimenting with a range of skins and conditions since then. Her practical approach and experience teaching workshops allows students to get the information they need to succeed.

Daniel Sainty lives the traditional lifestyle with his wife and three children in a remote wilderness area of the Northern Tablelands NSW. Daniel tans leather, makes tools and teaches others the skills after growing up this way himself. As well as being a renowned rewilding and survival skill instructor he is also a highly regarded martial arts teacher and dedicated to passing his knowledge onto others.

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Richard Proenneke
Mar 9, 2013
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Perth, WA
Wish I lived that side of the wide brown land sometime!