1825 Slaterville Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850
Sunday January 13th: Part One of the Rabbit Skin Tanning Workshop – Cleaning and salting the hide.
Want to join? RSVP so I can defrost the right amount of skins.
Want to learn more? I scanned some vintage booklets on tanning which can be emailed. There are also plenty of sources on the internet, like this article in Mother Earth News:
Step One is scraping and salting, Step Two will be tanning. I have not decided on what type of tanning as of yet, as I am looking for a more historic type of tanning as opposed to for instance acid tanning. Once the hide has undergone Step One, it is stable and can be tanned, or kept as a rawhide, at any point in the future (store away from insects).
What to bring?
A sharp edged spoon (like cheap cafeteria spoons which are stamped-out metal, I’ll bring extra if I have any) and a piece of ca. 16×24″ plywood, if you have any. If not, I’ll bring extra, but let me know ahead of time. During trimming the hide will be pinned to the plywood, salted, and brought home for further drying.
[Event announcement from Elska.]