Dennis Lanigan wrote:Peter, I don't think bark/veg tanning is advanced at all, it's just obscure and an industrial process that intimidates people. Pretty simple once you get it down. I actually find making a veg tan deer skin wallet harder than making the leather!
I just think for a permaculture course it would make more sense to include the tanning in with the leatherwork. It may also make sense to include what tannic plants to plant (and where) and how to harvest tannic bark/leaves, alternatives to lime (used to get the hair off hides)...
I agree for a beginning course it may make sense to just focus on leatherwork. But then I think that work should go more advanced and integrate it into a landscape/relationship with the land. Where is the linen thread coming from? The wax for the thread? The metal for the awls? etc.
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