Saturday and Sunday, March 10th and 11th
INSTRUCTOR: Shaun Mellor
Fur is both beautiful and functional for clothing. In this class you will learn the basics of brain tanning smaller mammals while keeping the fur on. Each student will membrane, soften, and smoke their own fox using simple tools. They will then have the option of sewing it into something if they wish. Students will leave with an understanding of the tanning and smoking process, how to sew furs, and the fox fur they tanned.
LOCATION: Aprovecho Meeting Hall
TUITION: $100-$150 Sliding Scale
ABOUT SHAUN: Over past few years, I have put a high priority on nature connection and skill-building. I started this journey in 2012 at Alderleaf Wilderness College. After graduating from their nine-month immersion, I went on to spend another nine months at Alderleaf as an apprentice. After my apprenticeship, I taught as an instructor Trackers Earth in Portland, OR. In March of 2016, I travelled to Twisp, WA, to study more primitive skills with Lynx Vilden. There I spent from March to July tanning hides, potting clay, making baskets and bows, harvesting and preserving wild food, building a stone and bone tool kit, turning hides into clothing, and all other preparations needed to go on a three-week, stone age, backpacking trip. Since then, I have continued to teach and further my skills. I am always on the quest to continually grow, learn, and share what I have learned with others.
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