Note: making buckskin is very labor intensive and students should expect to work around 6-8 hrs/day.
What is buckskin?
Buckskin is the soft pliable, leather-like material made from the hide of any hooved 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 tens of thousands of years!
Join Instructor Luke McLaughlin (Founder of Holistic Survival School and 2-time alum of Discovery Channel's "Naked and Afraid") in learning the ancient art of making Buckskin from deer hides. In this 3 day class, students will turn one deer hide into soft, supple and durable buckskin.
Students will cover each step of the process with real, hands-on learning. Once the hide is complete every participant will keep their finished product (valued around $250). Note: making buckskin is very labor intensive and students should expect to work around 6-8 hrs/day.
The class is limited to 12 students (min age is 13). All minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Supervising adult must remain with minor at ALL TIMES.
If you are bring a minor that is not your child you much have a signed Emergency Care Authorization filled out by that child's parents or legal guardian. Download the form by clicking on this link - https://www.selfrelianceoutfitters.com/content/Emergency-care-authorization.pdf
The only thing you need to bring is a food, water, a sharp knife. energy, and some clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Protective gloves are optional. All other materials will be provided by the instructor
Daily Schedule: These times are generally and may be varied depending on hides, weather tiredness, etc.
Friday 9:00 am - 3:00pm - Introductions, intro to buckskin, general process overview, scraping (very physical & dirty)
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 - Acidifying hides, membraning, wringing, dressing, softening (moderately physical)
Sunday 9:00 - 1:00 - Making smoke sack and smoking hides, enjoy your finished product.
Due to property insurance restrictions: There will be NO camping on the school property prior to the start of the class or after the classes concludes.
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