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Hide Tanning: Make your own Buckskin

  • Holistic Survival School 38 McDaris Cove Rd Weaverville NC 28787 (map)

Join Luke McLaughlin in learning the ancient art of making Buckskin from deer hides. In this four day class, students will turn one deer hide into soft, supple and durable buckskin. Students will learn each step of the process with real, hands-on learning. Once the hide is complete, the every participant will keep their finished product (valued around $250).


Buckskin is the soft pliable, leather-like material made from the hide of any hoofed animal (goat, deer, cow, etc). The buckskin process involves scraping off layers of hair and skin, adding oils, and adding lots of elbow grease! The finished product is a material that is more durable than leather and can be made into moccasins, clothes, bags, etc. This is the same process that Ancestral people have been doing for hundreds of thousands of years!

Note: making buckskin is very labor intensive and students should expect to work around 3-6 hrs/day.

Thursday 12:00 pm - 5:00 - Set up camp, Introductions, intro to buckskin, general process, scraping (very physical)

Friday: 9:00am - 3pm Membraning, acidifying, wringing, dressing, wringing,

Saturday 9:00 - 4 pm- sewing holes, softening (physical)

Sunday 9:00 - 1:00 - Making smoke sack and smoking hides, enjoy your finished product.

  • Cost:

    Early Bird Price (Before April 1st): $400

    Regular Ticket: $450

  • What to bring // Camp sites

    • Primitive camping is available for students. Please come prepared! Bring your own tent and sleeping gear, rain gear, camping supplies, eating dish and utensils, and food for the weekend (running water, kitchen and fridge are available on site).

    • Clothes you don’t mind getting dirty!

  • Children

    Students 12 and up are welcome with accompanying adult and their own ticket

Earlier Event: October 16
Build your own Osage Bow