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Wired Open Labs workshop Series 2018: Bark Tannery
Join master tanner and leatherworker Aaron Douglas Wales for this 2 DAY workshop and learn:
About the Australian Aboriginal and Native American methods of bark and brain tannery to make beautiful vegtanned leather of our very own. Aaron will share his knowledge of process, tools, apparatus and materials to make chemical free vegtanned leather and skins.
Each attendee will leave this workshop with their own rabbit hide, and learn processes from skinning and fleshing, to pegging out and staking.
All materials and catering provided.
Also available is an option to purchase a take home kit which includes a new set of tools like those used on the day.
Payment plans via instalments are available, click 'book now' on right hand side to see payment options.
About Aaron Douglas Wales
Aaron's interest in leather began as a boy taken by the smell and patina of old saddles and bridles in the dairy. Although he began working leather in his youth it wasn't until he explored the old methods of tannery prevalent in North America that Aaron's love of the ancient craft truly flourished.
Over the last decade Aaron has been developing the old bark and brain tanning methods used by the Native American Indians and Australian Aboriginals to create the unique quality of the leather you find incorporated in his work today. A self-proclaiming 'luddite' Aaron believes that although modern Industry has truly specialised our population it has also detached many folks from the origins of their own crafts.
Aaron explains that "Each piece of leather has it's own story and I feel it is my noble duty to read from as many pages as I can to justify my craft.
You can find out more about Aaron's work at:
- Explore the Australian Aboriginal and Native American methods of bark and brain tannery to make beautiful vegtanned leather of our very own.
- All of the necessary knowledge of process, tools, apparatus and materials one needs to make vegtanned leather or skins from their own backyards.
- All materials provided. An option to purchase all tools required and used on the day, as part of a take home kit, is available.
- Take Home Kits are available for an additional $100 (GST inc)
- Each attendee will leave this workshop with their own rabbit hide, and learn processes from skinning and fleshing, to pegging out and staking.
- Please note: if you are flying in for the workshop and want a take home kit, you will need to have checked-in baggage as the sharp items will not be accepted in hand luggage.
Casual (Warning: this might get messy). Dress for all weather.
Open to everyone interested!
This workshop is fully catered with lunch, snacks, and beverages provided on both days.