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Braintan Buckskin Hide Tanning Class
Learn to make soft buckskin from raw deer hides! You will receive a whitetail deer hide and leave with finished buckskin. The hides were skinned and fleshed during the Montana hunting season. You will start off with graining the hide (removing hair and epidermis) using the wet-scrapped method. Next comes braining, membraning, and then the hand-softening process all with homemade tools. Also learn about the various fats that can be used if you don't have access to brains. After softening, we will go on a wood punk gathering expedition, then smoke your buckskin in traditional fashion. The process takes a minimum of four days, with extra time allowed for resoftening as necessary. Finish with the competence to tan your own deer hide from a hunt or roadkill. The class will end with a stewardship day to clean up and give back to the land, plus a photo session to share with friends!
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