You certainly will do a lot of tanning.

In this course you will learn 2 types of tanning in 4 different ways. This includes:

  • Buckskin Tanning
  • Fur on tanning
  • Fish hide tanning
  • Bark tanning.

More info about the course

Animal skins have been used since the beginning of time for clothing, shelter and all sorts of objects. We have developed the skills to turn a hide into dresses, trousers, boots, bags and many more items. Working with leather has given humans the possibility to travel the world and to live in the most remote places. Nowadays our clothing is made of plastic materials, made of the oils we get from the deep. The use of leather and traditional tanning processes has become too costly. Therefore skins have become a waste product of which only few people nowadays are able to make these range of beautiful products.

In this course you will work with four different products, you will make buckskin from deer or doe. The buckskin tanning process includes wet scraping, rinsing, membraning, dressing, wringing, softening and a finish with a smoke tan.

Secondly you will learn to do a fur on tanning process in which you preserve the hairs as well.

Thirdly you will learn how to tan fish skins which can be used for both clothing and bags.

Fourth is bark tanning a roe deer, this is a process that will not be finished until the end but all the info on preparing and after care will be given during the course.

In this course you will rediscover these ancient skills and knowledge and you will work the full process from fresh skins until the beautiful end product. After this course you will be able to work on a skin by yourself. With a couple of buckskin hides you can make your own hunter or gatherer outfit!

This course has 10 days, of which 7 days of classes and 3 days of relaxing, exploring and doing the projects you like to do.

More About Buckskin

Making leather, 100% natural, without chemicals.

People have been wearing clothes since our early days. In addition to vegetable materials, buckskin is one of the oldest inventions to protect the body from outside influences. It is made from animal skins and generally Living by Nature works with hides of deer, roe deer and fallow deer.

Buckskin has been used worldwide many times and for a long time. Native Americans are known for it. The various tribes made a real work of art out of their outfit. Today it is still worn by the Inuït and the Sami. Buckskin is impenetrable for thorns, nettles, etc. and during hunting it makes no sound. These are all advantages of this strong material. It was also used to make bags, pouches, carrying systems and many other things.

Processing fresh skin into buckskin is an intensive job. We go through the whole process, from scraping the skin to the final step, smoking the softened skin.

Once your skin is finished, the leather is extremely strong, soft and breathable. Properties that modern textiles can’t match.

You go home with a finished skin.

More About Fur on Tanning

Leather tanning while maintaining the fur.

There are an awful lot of animals that have a beautiful and warm coat. Being able to keep the skin with the fur on, gives a lot of advantages. It is not only beautiful, a good fur layer gives a lot of insulation. If you travel to cold areas then you want a good hat or coat with fur! Leather tanning with preservation of the fur is another technique than for example ‘bark tanning’ or making buckskin.
For example, the hairs are stuck in a layer of skin that is sensitive to rot. You have to prevent this from happening. While this process at buckskin is accelerated because you want to remove this layer. This process has similar steps, such as cleaning the skin and preserving the skin and coat. At the same time, the steps work just a little bit differently. You have to take several elements into account to prevent you from getting bald spots. And all this with materials that nature has available!

The overall process contains a number of steps that take time.

Meer Aout Fish Tanning

A lot of people know what leather is, but did you also know that you can make this very well from the skin of a fish? The fish is eaten but the skin is thrown away and that while it is a beautiful product. The skin of the salmon, for example, gives a very nice structure. This leather is very strong and even looks chic due to both color and structure. In this workshop we work with salmon skins.

Depending on the tanning method you can make different kinds of leather products. From supple and soft to stiff and firm.  From translucent and shiny to a real leather. Each method and finish gives its own result. In the past, for example, rainwear was made because of the water-repellent properties of fish skin. There are also many other products imaginable: from primitive items, shoes and bags to cases for modern equipment. Even today, fish leather can be an item to show off.

In this workshop we work with 2 different tanning techniques. A vegetable ‘barktanning’ (with tree bark) and an ‘oil tanning’ (method with oil).




6 – 15 September



  • Buckskin tanning
  • Fur on tanning
  • Fish hide tanning
  • Bark tanning


– Hides
– Meals
– Campingspot
– Coffee / Tea
– Tools for tanning

travel to/ from location


18 (after consultation)

Sweden (Sunne)

10 days