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Remembering Skin: Learning Smoke and Brain-tan

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This two-day tanning event, deer-skin and tools provided, seeks not muscle and brawn but endurance and the ability to stick with something foreign and full of subtlety.  This unique workshop takes us through the whole process of caring and tending to a skin: scraping, stretching, kneading, wringing, drying, and smoking.  Daniel and GOS staff are on hand to support every step of the process.  

If the weather is kind and your stick-to-it-ness prevails over these two long days you may well be heading home with a soft and gorgeously supple deer hide - one of the oldest forms of the gift given to humanity known as clothing.

Daniel Stermac Stein is a farmer, hide-tanner and tailor living in the Ottawa Valley of Ontario.  Studying, learning and apprenticing to the subtle arts and mystery of leather-making has been a 10 year plus attempt at hand-made beauty in this world.  Having had the immense fortune of seeking out some of the few remaining practitioners of this craft all over North America starting in Northern Wisconsin, he now teaches and offers some of what has come to him.  At his small-scale tannery, Daniel makes smoke-tan, bark-tan and oil-tan leathers of mostly deer, moose, sheep, goat pig and cow skins and hides from which he make bespoke clothing and shoes (which can all be found at 

Earlier Event: September 8
GOS Open House for Parents
Later Event: September 28
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