Sunday, May 3, 2020
Wild Earth Office
2307 Lucas Turnpike
High Falls, NY 12440
Being able to make your own clothes that were strong and durable, but also soft and incredibly warm was a necessity for long term living in the woods. There are many methods of making varying qualities of leather. For this class, we will be focusing on brain-tanning, or more specifically, making buckskin from Whitetail Deer hide. There will also be discussions on bark-tanning and hair-on tanning.
Participants will leave with a small piece of Buckskin as well as the basic skills and knowledge to begin the journey of hide tanning.
About the Instructor
Zach Fisher, Instructor – Zach Fisher grew up amongst the redwood forests and beaches of the Northern California coast. The pursuit of art and music brought him to NYC and eventually to Tom Brown Jr’s Tracker School which he considers to be the beginning of the education he was always looking for. He began teaching primitive skills and nature connection in 2011 and has since worked for several earth skills programs including the Wild Earth Foundation, the Children of the Earth Foundation, Two Coyotes Wilderness School, Urban Kid Adventurers, Mount Victory Camp in the US Virgin Islands, as well as his own company, Earth Living Skills based in NYC and the Hudson Valley. His fascination with wild edibles and medicinal plants lead him to study herbalism at the Twin Star school of energetic and herbal studies in Connecticut and his studying of indigenous shamanism lead him to begin attending sweat lodges and vision quests with the Hawk’s Nest Quest community in the Hudson Valley. His goal as a teacher and a student is to foster a deeper connection between people and the natural world in the spirit of conservation as well as rediscovering the vastness of our human potential.