Traditional Tanning Finland

- This course will be taught by traditional Master tanner Hanna Nore from Finland -
- Course language is English -

- Course will be held in Southern Finland, Kemiö Island -

This is a new and unique chance to dive into the traditional tanning methodes of Skandinavia and learn with one of the best traditional tanning masters from that region: Hanna Nore, the author of the newly published book 'Tanning Game'.

During this 6 day intensive course you will learn the basics of two traditional tanning methods: fat tanning and vegetable tanning.
Whether you are a somewhat experienced tanner or fully new to this skill, this course is for you. Skandinavia has a slightly different tradition and approach in tanning animal skins which is interesting to become familiar with. You will learn to use different tools, scrapers and beams from the ones we mostly use here.

The focus of the 6 days will be on tanning raccoon dog hides, seal hides and fish skins (burbot) while using techniques from Hanna's book 'Tanning Game'. Next to that you will spend many hours in a real tannery where a lot of different processes and steps from other hides, methodes, tools and approaches can be seen.

We will close this intensive tanning week with a visit to a local traditonal Finish smoke sauna lit by a 150 candles... to treat sore muscles and relax.

You will leave this course with a hand tanned racoon dog hide, half a seal skin and your tanned burbot skin. And the knowlegde to tan more hides yourself!

And please prepare for long intens days of working and learning in the tannery.

EXTRA info

Duration: 6 full days (Friday 9 am - Wednesday late evening)
Group size: min 6 - max 12
Prerequisites: no prior experience needed.
Catering: part of the food is catered and included, the weekend is self-catering. Catered are:
Friday breakfast & lunch, Monday - Wednesday breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Self catered are:
Friday dinner, Saturday & Sunday all meals. As well as the evening before the course (thursday) if you choose to come earlier and the breakfast on the last morning (thursday).
Accommodation: double rooms at the folkhögskola (single rooms might be available for extra costs but cannot be guaranteed).
Location: tannery at Västra Nylands folkhögskola, Kimito, Kemiö Island / Southern Finland (near Helsinki).
Included: all materials & hides, sauna, 7 nights of accomodation (1 before and 1 after the actual course due to travel) and 3,5 days of food (Friday breakfast & lunch. Monday - Wednesday breakfast, lunches, dinners).
Not included: the trip / flight to and from the location, food on Friday night and Saturday - Sunday.

(you can fly to Helsinki and from there take a train and bus, if needed we can provide travel info)

€ 745,- (tax included)
This includes accomodation, meals and materials.


€ 150,=


€ 745,- (tax included)
This includes accomodation, meals and materials.


€ 150,=


Startdatum Einddatum

Please note that you will most likely have to travel to Finland a day before the course starts and most likely will be travelling home a day after it ends, due to flights.

Aanbod samenvatting

  • traditional Skandinavian tanning methodes
  • learn from traditional master tanner Hanna Nore
  • fat tanning and vegetable tanning
  • tanning racoon dog hides
  • tanning seal skins
  • tanning fish skins
  • working in the traditional tannery at Västra Nylands folkhögskola