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 so unnaturally. Once upon a time we would have made all our clothes, shoes, bedding and accessories such as tool covers from this ancient craft, and you would have found a tanner on the edge of every village!
The Rewild Project has a mobile workshop in the form of a 16 foot yurt bringing an organic tannery to various festivals and events over the summer. We have a display stall and run workshops and demonstrations on making sheepskins, deer skin and fish-skin tanning and natural dying. We also teach more in depth courses on making leather and fur-on skins at Oaklands park in the Forest of Dean. Courses run over weekends or one day a week for six weeks, see our courses page or get in touch for more details.
In 2015 find the tannery at:
Oaklands Park open day, Newnham, Gloucestershire.
Sunday 7th June
Humble by Nature ‘Big Day Out’, Wye Valley, Wales.
Saturday 4th July
The Green Gathering, Chepstow, Wales. We’ll be in the permaculture area.
13th – 16th August
Anglesey woodland festival, Plas Newydd, Llanfairpwll, Ynys Mon.
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th September. We are running our mobile Tannery at this fantastic annual event in the woods of plas Newydd.
Humble by Nature, Wye Valley, Wales.
Saturday 17th October. Sheep skin rug making course run by Scott.
We are also available for commissions.