Fur on tanning (vacht looien)

This course will be given by Dr. Theresa Kamper. She is a specialist in prehistoric traditional tanning technologies.
Course language is English.

Before the advent of modern tanning agents, humans were turning raw skin into usable leather products using very basic techniques and materials.
Learn to produce incredibly soft, strong and durable leather from raw animal skin using one of human kind’s earliest tanning technologies! Utilising materials readily available in the surrounding environment we will walk through the steps of this transformation.

Over 2 full days this class will focus on tanning furs with a variation of fat tanning using brains as the dressing agent*.
Whilst not for the squeamish the end product is worth the work!

The class will cover rehydrating dried furs, de-fleshing, dressing and softening the fur skins, as well as smoking them so they can be easily washed.

In addition to enthusiastic instruction I provide comfortable, easy to use tools and detailed handouts covering the tanning process, as well as ethnographic anecdotes and a list of helpful literature for those who wish to further their own knowledge of tanning!
So, please join me for a course sure to contain plenty of memorable moments, lots of practical information and, if you put in the work**, one that will see you heading home with a beautiful, unique and usable traditionally tanned fur!

* a brain substitute will be available for those who truly prefer not to use brain tissue.

** Please be aware that a reasonable amount of fitness is required for this course. I will provide instruction on good technique and timing with the skins, but you will need to be able to be on your feet and active for 6 to 8 hours per day. Any serious injuries need to be discussed with me prior to booking onto the course please!

If you also attend the course on processing a hole animal with Theresa, you can stay in the woods with us inbetween these two courses.

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Course content:

  • rehydrating dried furs
  • de-fleshing
  • dressing
  • softening
  • smoking
  • washing
  • historical knowledge and more


Fur on tanning (vacht looien)
Places available
  • 10 augustus 2020 tot 11 augustus 2020 - (Monday - Tuesday)

Duration: 2 days (Monday 10:00 am - Tuesday ± 16:00 pm), arrival on Sunday evening is possible.
Group size: minimum 4 - maximum 10
Preknowledge: not required
this course is self catering, EXTRA provides coffee, tea and cookies.
Location: The Netherlands, ZW Drenthe
Accommodation: camping in the woods, either in your own tent or under a tarp.
Costs per person:
€ 250,=
Included: taxes (BTW), all needed materials, a fox skin, coffee / tea and camping.
Excluded: your meals, cooking utensils and camping equipment.

(Deposit 75,=)