Course Location: Oxfordshire, Derbyshire
Course Time: 13:00 Firday - 12:00 Sunday
Course Duration: 3 Days
Course size: 10
Course Age Range: + 18
Call US: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days) / 07843 064114 (Out of hours)
The Fur Trade Weekend
Join the Woodland Ways instructing team and gain knowledge and experience of fur on hide work on this fantastic course. Our instructors will share their in-depth understanding of the properties of the furs and hides from years of application in the field. This will combine to provide customers with an outstanding experience on how to turn raw pelts into a beautiful and versatile material.
Throughout this course we will be focusing on tanning fur-bearing animals with the aim of customers leaving with their own traditionally tanned small pelt and an understanding of the process, we will also provide large pelts in order for you to make your own rabbit fur hat.
The course will start at 13:00 Friday when customers will be given the chance to set up their sleeping arrangements before instructors take you through a camp orientation. Following a short introduction and outline of the course outcomes, customers will be taken through a range of traditional methods of skinning to maximise the animal's pelts. During the demonstration there will be extensive practical application for customers on all methods covered.
Following the skinning, each customer will be given their own further small hide to skin, and then we will begin to flesh.
After the completion of the afternoon's work there will be the opportunity to break for dinner, following which the instructors will discuss with customers the broad range of opportunities and uses that an animal presents through the utilisation of bones, sinew and teeth, as used by traditional communities.
Over the course of the Saturday, customers will be taken through each of the steps involved in fleshing, dressing and working the hide so that you will be able to leave with a luxuriously soft pelt by Sunday. This whole process is hard work, time consuming but above all rewarding and our instructors will be on hand at every set to guild and encourage you to completion.
Once the light is lost we will break for dinner giving customers the chance to relax and rest their tired muscles. After everyone has eaten we will have an in-depth discussion on the molecular processes that are happening as animal skins are transformed from green to tanned hides. This shall be done around the camp fire discussing a range of replica examples that will be present.
The Sunday will be given over to finishing off any hides that require any more work to ensure that super soft finish before we move on to the final stage of smoking them using traditional methods. The final section of the course will be taking customers through the process of transforming hides into a hat for the coming winter.
All animals utilised during this course have been sustainably and humanely culled or have been selected from road kill. We fully believe in respecting and valuing wildlife, consequently this course looks to utilise all aspects of the animals so that there is minimum waste.
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Nestling on the banks of the River Thames we have sole access to a 250 Acre Private Woodlands just outside the Village of Appleton, in Oxfordshire. With 125 Acres designated as SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) there is an abundance of flora and fauna. With a mixed canopy throughout the woodlands and a mosaic of habitats this woodlands provides us with amazing resources, with Oak, Ash, Beech, Birch, Hazel, Hawthorn, Cherry, Blackthorn and more. We have resident populations of Muntjac, Roe and Fallow Deer. Plus a huge variety of other fauna with almost daily sightings of Stoat, Tawny Owl, Buzzard, Red Kite and so much more. We operate all of our courses here for individuals to book on to, including our Woodland Ways Weekend, we also offer private bookings, school bookings, stag do's and corporate events.
Toilet facilities are available my means of composting toilets and a portaloo. There are central covered teaching area's within the woodlands comprising of timber and canvas structures.
This wonderful wonderful woodlands is situated within 45 minutes of West London and the local train station (Oxford) is less than a 15 minute cab ride away. Please ensure when travelling to the venue you use the directions and not rely on Sat Nav in order to prevent getting lost.
This course can be purchased as an 18 month voucher, to book online choose "18 month voucher" from the options above and we will email the details over to you. Alternatively if you are purchasing this course as a gift we can post you a full colour gift presentation pack for just £4.25, just choose posted instead of emailed delivery option. Or contact us by phone to make the arrangements.
Call Us: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days) / 07843 064114 (Out of hours)
We’re happy to take course bookings and payments over the phone. Simply give us a call and we’ll place the booking for you before emailing through confirmation. Alternatively, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll call you back.
If your course booking is for a gift, no problem, just let us know at the time of booking and we’ll email you a personalised gift certificate or 18-month voucher to print at home. Or, for a small supplement, we’ll print out a gift pack and pop it in the post for you.