You, your family and friends are invited to join me, naturalist and Aboriginal Skills instructor Jim Robertson for a three day hide tanning class at a beautiful private location in the Santa Monica Mountains. This is not just a mechanical, unconscious activity. As we honor and respect the spirit of the animal throughout the entire process, we will be transforming tough, strong deer hides into fluffy soft, strong and beautiful buckskin. These deer were hunted by people who had no use for the hides. We are using these hides to teach valuable ancient skills and to make products from them that can last a lifetime and more. Remember, all of these skills that we practice are pathways to a deeper relationship/connection with our natural environment and ourselves, which ultimately leads us to a sustainable, harmonious way of living with our planet.
Each of the three days will focus on a different phase of the hidetanning process. The first day will focus on “graining” removing the hair and one layer of skin from the hide. The second day will focus on “softening” the hide and the third day will focus on “smoking” the hide. We will likely be working two hides (maybe more) and at the end of the class each participant will take home a piece of finished buckskin.
Each day will be a class in and of itself…in other words the ultimate would be for you to attend all three classes. However if you are able to attend only one or two days it would be very much worth it because we will do a quick review each day of the prior days class. Of course the best way to learn is to get as much hands on experience as possible, getting all of the senses involved. There’s nothing quite like working hides together in the great outdoors!
Feel free to participate fully, partially, or simply enjoy the camaraderie of other nature lovers and observe the happenings. As I said earlier, this is a beautiful area with wonderful hiking trails. If time allows, after each class we may take a hike.
Sorry no dogs.
NOTE: DETAILED DIRECTIONS TO THIS LOCATION WILL BE PROVIDED UPON RSVP. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST SIGN A LIABILITY WAIVER FORM PRIOR TO START OF CLASS.
COST: $25. PER PERSON PER DAY DONATION, OTHERWISE $60. TOTAL FOR ALL THREE DAYS. CASH PREFERRED, PRIOR TO START OF CLASS.
TO REGISTER CONTACT ELISABETH GUSTAFSON AT: ELISABETH.ELIN@GMAIL.COM OR CALL 323-718-4152. IF YOU CANNOT REACH ELISABETH, CONTACT JIM ROBERTSON AT J3RBRTS@DSLEXTREME.COM OR CALL 31-0395-0943.
BRING: WATER, LUNCH, SUN PROTECTION, HAT, BANDANA .
OPTIONAL: BIODEGRADABLE SOAP FOR WASHING HANDS, HAND TOWEL OR RAG, APRON, HEADLAMP, PAPER, PENCIL/PEN, CAMERA, TREKKING POLES, KNIFE (SHEATH PREFERABLE OR POCKET).
WEAR: DRESS IN LAYERS (prepare for temperature changes), LONG PANTS AND LONG SLEEVES ARE RECOMMENDED, STURDY SHOES (WITH GOOD TREAD).
Know anyone who may be interested in this class? Please forward this announcement.