Skinngarvning med Theresa 7-9 juli




Nu har du möjlighet att gå skinngarvningskurs med Fil. Dr. Theresa Emmerich

På 3 dagar kommer du kunna färdigställa ett hjortskinns från början till slut. Här är en kurs som inte bara är förankrad traditionell teknik och trial-and-error utan även vetenskapligt förankrad.
Theresa har gått från praktik till akademisk förankring vilket ger henne en unik kunskap inom området. Kursen ges på engelska.

Kursen hålls i natursköna Kinnekulle vid en över 100 år gammal banvaktarstuga. 400 m till egen sandstrand vid Vänern.

Boende: I tält eller liknande. 15 min promenad till Vänern för bad. Tillgång till vatten och utedass.
Plats: Craft by Karlsson i Hällekis-Götene. Länk google maps:
Mat: Deltagare står själva för mat

Very short Bio:

Theresa is an avid practitioner of traditional living skills and primitive technology of all kinds. An interest which came in part from growing up in the Rocky Mountains in the USA, where backpacking, hunting and fishing were part of the culture. She has followed this interest into the academic field of Experimental Archaeology in which she holds a PhD from the University of Exeter in the UK. Theresa has been tanning skins using traditional technologies for over 30 years. Learning to tan was a natural offshoot of the attempt to use as much of the animal as possible and had the added bonus of producing a beautiful end product. She includes in her instruction a diverse range of information, from skin morphology to helpful hints in dealing with the numerous and frustrating problems which are often encountered when first learning to tan.


Short class description:

Before the advent of modern tanning agents, humans were turning raw skin into usable leather products using very basic techniques and materials. Learn to produce incredibly soft, strong and durable leather from raw animal skin using one of human kind’s earliest tanning technologies! Utilizing materials readily available in the surrounding environment we will walk through the steps of this transformation. Come learn the progression of this process from raw skin to beautiful, usable, finished leather!

Over 3 full days this course will focus on tanning deer skins with a variety of fat tanning which uses Lecithin and oil* as the dressing agent. Whilst not for the squeamish the end product is worth the work! The class will cover removing the meat and fat (de-fleshing), removing the outer grain layer (de-graining), alkalining for ground substance removal, applying the tanning agents (dressing), softening and smoking the skins.

In addition to enthusiastic instruction I provide comfortable, easy to use tools and detailed handouts covering the tanning process, as well as ethnographic anecdotes and a list of helpful literature for those who wish to further their own knowledge of tanning! So, please join me for a course sure to contain plenty of memorable moments, lots of practical information and, provided that you put in the work **, one that will see you heading home with a beautiful, unique and usable piece of traditionally tanned leather!

* The use of brains or egg yolks as an alternative dressing agent will be covered.

** Please be aware that a reasonable amount of fitness is required for this course. I will provide instruction on good technique and timing with the skins, but you will need to be able to be on your feet and active for 6 to 8 hours per day