Leather Working & Tanning: Fundamental Techniques & Design
Aug
27
to Aug 31

Leather Working & Tanning: Fundamental Techniques & Design

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A 2 part week long workshop with Willa Murray and Danielle Prophet.

An introductory understanding of tanning and leatherworking enables students to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to turn an unworked piece of animal skin into a functional item or piece of art that can last decades. Students study different types of leather and tanning techniques including vegetable, chrome, and smoke tanning and learn to stamp, punch, and sew leather by hand and by machine. Students practice studied techniques by tanning leather, making patterns, and completing a variety of take-home projects including a key chain, a book jacket, and a culminating project of either a tool roll or a bag.

August 27-31, 2018  9am-4pm daily. Perth Campus$700 +HST

 

Instructor Profiles:

Willa Murray is a maker and designer working primarily with leather, near Perth, Ontario. She has eight years experience managing, making, and designing with reclaimed materials in Toronto as co-owner of Mariclaro, a sustainable bag making company. In 2014 she started to learn the art of making shoes at the Chicago School of Shoemaking, and is now full time making sandals and desert boots, doing custom leatherwork, and teaching classes. A graduate of Carpentry and Joinery – Heritage at Algonquin College’s Perth Campus in 2009, she has recently been reunited with a love of woodworking and is dovetailing her favourite mediums together. Willa loves sharing knowledge and passion for making things with her hands. Her work reflects appreciation of the process and a desire for high quality, beautiful and functional pieces that can be used every day.

Danielle Prophet’s first involvement in tanning came by way of an attempt to honour the life of a road kill deer – this experience morphed into an all encompassing quest to learn as much as possible about the old ways of tanning, from as many authentic tanners as possible. Danielle has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Trent University, which has proven useful in understanding the chemistry and the intricacies of the skin, and she has attended and taught at many traditional skills gatherings around the world including Arizona, Vermont and Australia. Danielle is experienced working with sheep, deer, and moose fur hide tanning, brain tanning, bark tanning and more. The tanning process continues to draw Danielle deeper, and she is excited for this opportunity to guide others as they delve into this transformative realm.

Questions?

Lindsay Derraugh
T. 613.727.4723 x6493
derraul@algonquincollege.com

Ready to Register?

Cheryl Giff
T. 613.267.2859 x5685
giffc@algonquincollege.com

 

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