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This is a list of currently scheduled brain tanning classes. We highly recommend taking a class because the hands-on experience will really help you to learn this tactile craft.

This list will be added to as various instructor's schedules become firm. There are many tanner's who teach custom classes. You can find out more about them in the Resource Directory.

known quality A thumbs up symbol means that we know that these are quality instructors. The lack of a thumbs up does not mean that they are any worse, we just don't personally know them.
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Dry Scrapte Tanning Workshop
March 3rd & 4th 2007
St. Leonard, Maryland
Call: Andrew Twele at 410-206-1318
Email: insidethegourd@verizon.net

Each student will have the opportunity to tan a deer skin from start to finish and keep the resulting product. Class size is limited to insure each individual receives quality instruciton. All tools and materials are provided. You will go home with the essential dry scrape tools (scraper & flesher), the knowledge needed to continue tanning on your own, and a tanning guide to help refresh your memory. So far each student has also gone home with a beautiful finished buckskin, a sense of accomplishment and a big smile.
Visit www.geocities.com/insidethegourd@verizon.net for details.

known quality Winter Count
February 2006, near Phoeniz AZ
Backtracks, LLC
P. O. Box 905 Rexburg, ID 83440
Call/fax 208-359-2400
Email: dwescot@aol.com

This is a primitive skills gathering hosted in the Cacti. Workshops by many experienced instructors covering skills such as braintanning, atlatls and darts, bows and arrows, rabbit sticks, shelters, flintknapping, useful plants, quillwork, tracking, pottery, primitive games and a whole lot more. Brain tanning usually taught. Contact organizers for details Fee: $245

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Rivercane Rendezvous
April 2006, Cherokee Farms site in LaFayette, GA
Earthskills
Contact: Snowbear
(828) 389-9336
Email:
info@earthskillsrendezvous.org

An excellent 'Primitive Skills' event at which brain-tanning is one of the many skills taught. Contact Snowbear as to whether dryscrape, wetscrape or both will be taught this year.

To see photos of this event on the web, visit: www.earthskillsrendezvous.org

 

known quality The Gathering
June 2006
Robin Blankenship
Earth Knack
PO Box 508 Crestone, CO 81131
Phone (719) 256-4909

Visit: http//:www.earthknack.com

Annual symposium of stone age living skills (a primitive skills gathering) in Colorado. Many instructors and dozens of classes offered. Check with the hosts to double check that brain tanning is being offered this year. Fee
$345 (kids 6 and under: free 7-12: $165 13-17: $ 210).

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ECHOS OF MAN: A School of Early Living Skills
July  2006, Willamette Mission State Park, OR
Goode & Carole Jones
6570 State St
Salem OR 97301
Phone (503) 362-4244

Or

Dale 'Blond Bear' Coleman
19027 Abiqua Rd NE
Scotts Mills OR 97375
Phone (503) 873-4055
Email: echoesintime@aol.com

Visit the Echos in Time website! Goode Jones will be teaching the Dry Scrape method of braintan. Class cost is $140 Many other early living skills workshops will be offered at this event.

on the web The Moccasin Meet: Northeast Primitive Skills Gathering
July, 2006
Walter and Eva Gigandet
3853 Hwy Rte 20, Sloansville NY 12160
Phone 518 875-6886
Email Mocmeet@juno.com

The Annual Moccasin Meet (a primitive skills gathering) includes braintanning with the wetscrape and dryscrape methods amongst the classes. Many instructors and dozens of other classes will also be offered. Check with the hosts to double check that brain tanning is being offered this year. Fee $220 before June 19, $255 after.

on the web Peoples of the North
August, 2002
Earthways
RR#2 Box 2700
Canaan, Maine 04924

Phone 207 426-8138
Email TimSmith@JackMountainBushcraft.com
Website http://www.jackmountainbushcraft.com/gathering.html

The Peoples of the North Primitive Skills Gathering will be an educational celebration of the primitive and traditional lifeways of the north woods. The gathering will feature five days of workshops, including brain tanning taught by top instructors from around the region. While there will be some crafted goods for sale or trade, the emphasis of the event is on teaching, learning, and camaraderie. Topics of instruction will range from basic north woods skills such as making fire by friction, to more expressive arts like making and playing primitive and traditional musical instruments. Costs $225

known quality Rabbitstick
September 2006, in Rexburg ID
Backtracks, LLC
P. O. Box 905 Rexburg, ID 83440
Call/fax 208-359-2400
Email: dwescot@aol.com

This is a primitive skills gathering hosted at a beautiful site on the banks of the Henry's Fork of the Snake River. Workshops by many experienced instructors covering skills such as braintanning, atlatls and darts, bows and arrows, rabbit sticks, shelters, flintknapping, useful plants, quillwork, tracking, pottery, primitive games and a whole lot more. Brain tanning is always taught by Dave Bethke..
Fee: $245-275

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Falling Leaves Rendezvous
October 2006, at the Cherokee Farms site in LaFayette, GA
Earthskills
Contact: Snowbear
(828) 389-9336
Email:
info@earthskillsrendezvous.org

An excellent 'Primitive Skills' event at which brain-tanning is one of the many skills taught. Contact Snowbear as to whether dryscrape, wetscrape or both will be taught this year.

To see photos of this event on the web, visit www.earthskillsrendezvous.orgl

 

on the web Earth Connection
School of Wilderness Survival and Ancient Skills
Contact: Rick L. Heuston
Email: earthconnect@earth-connection.com

Earth Connection is a school of primitive skills and wilderness survival which offers weekend courses, for persons 18 and older. The are a licensed and insured business in Fauquier County, located in Norther Virginia, and they offer outdoor classes throughout the year. Their hands-on classes are always kept small in size to ensure that each student gets all of the attention and skills coaching that they deserve. Earth connection was founded in March of 1997 by Tim MacWelch.
Special Scheduling: If their 2006 schedule doesn't suit your small group schedule, they offer a limited number of private classes during weekdays (that's Monday through Friday, sorry not weekends). You pick the class, or classes, and together with Earth Connection, you schedule the date. This special scheduling is for small groups of 3-10 people depending on the class or classes selected, and is available in February, March, July, August, September and November of 2006.
Check out thier website for more information and to register for courses: Earth Connection

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