Hide Tanning

Hide Tanning

DIY Homesteader Festival Workshop:

Hide Tanning

If you value the insight and skill required to tan hides yourself, spend a day learning this ancient, functional and practical art with Carl Froese, of Manitoba Buckskin, who himself learned from many women – carriers of generational cultural expertise and artistry – who have shared their traditional knowledge of working with moose hides. You’ll learn the step-by-step process of how to brain-tan moose hides; from fresh hide to finished smoked leather.

Hands-on: While participants won’t be completing all the steps of the hide-tanning process themselves (as it takes longer than the time available), there will be opportunities for participation in various steps.

Accessibility: This workshop takes place in an outdoor shelter on pasture. We can have a desk and chair available at the workshop space upon request in the event it is not accessible for a participant to sit on the ground or on a hay bale. In terms of accessibility, Carl says, “The process of hide tanning is physically arduous.”


Carl Froese

Carl is the owner of Manitoba Buckskin Wildlife Tanning. He has been practicing the art of all natural traditional brain/smoke tanning since 1996, making all natural brain-tanned buckskin leather using methods and processes that have been passed down for generations. Carl makes leather the way it has been made for thousands of years in our part of the world.