The traditional art of tanning is the process of treating animal skins and hides to produce leather. It is one of our oldest crafts and once upon a time you would have found a tanner on the edge of every village!
In this workshop Scott from The ReWild Project will take you through the entire process of natural tanning, from skinning a small animal to treating it’s skin and fur. Scott is an experienced traditional tanner and will discuss the history of this natural process as well as the part it can play in more sustainable lifestyles. Very limited places available on this workshop.
About The ReWild Project & Traditional Tanning
The ReWild Project aims to revive traditional, land-based skills to connect people back to ways of living off the land. Ancient knowledge and skills are fast being forgotten and we appear to be seeing the ill effects on people through a disconnection to land and nature. Once thought of as an invaluable resource for food, shelter, medicine, craft and much more land is being stripped to make way for large scale agriculture and mono-culture farming. Facing a crisis in people’s health, diminishing wildlife species and soil fertility due to loss of habitat, deforestation and chemical farming we need a new approach to land use and our food systems.
Leather is now mostly produced in China by mass scale processing using lots of chemicals. Not only does the industry have bad effects on the environment, it is also potentially harmful to ourselves to be wearing garments that are produced using so many chemicals. The ReWild Project runs a traditional organic tannery which tours around festivals and events in the UK. They use animals that have been found as roadkill in The Forest of Dean, demonstrating how we can make use of a wasted resource.
We strive to keep our ticket prices as low as possible so that our workshops can be accessible to all. We are able to offer a limited amount of free tickets to those on low incomes so please get in touch if you wish to attend a workshop but feel that the cost is prohibitive.
Scroll down for workshop description in Welsh…
Trin lledr yn draddodiadol
Trin lledr yn draddodiadol yw’r broses o drin crwyn anifeiliaid er mwyn cynhyrchu lledr. Mae’r grefft hon yn un o’r crefftau hynaf a byddech chi ar un adeg wedi gweld barcer ar gyrion pob pentref!
Yn y gweithdy hwn, bydd Scott o The ReWild Project yn eich arwain drwy’r broses gyfan o drin lledr yn naturiol, o dynnu’r croen oddi ar anifail bychan at drin ei groen a’i ffwr. Mae Scott yn farcer traddodiadol profiadol a bydd yn trafod hanes y broses naturiol hon yn ogystal â’r rhan y gall chwarae mewn ffordd o fyw mwy cynaliadwy. Lleoedd cyfyngedig iawn ar gael ar gyfer y gweithdy hwn.