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Fur-On Rabbit Hide Tanning w/ Nico Piedrahita & Callan Burton-Shore

April 27 @ 9:00 am April 28 @ 5:00 pm

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About the Workshop: Fur On Rabbit Hide Tanning

Spend a weekend learning techniques for small, fur-on animal hide tanning! Using the ‘brain-tanning’ method, we will use eggs and smoke to turn rabbit hides into beautiful, soft, and usable material! You will leave with your own self-tanned hide and enough information to continue  on your hide tanning journey! Not only is hide tanning a useful skill for today, but a practice that is embedded in all of our human ancestry. Tanning is a deeply satisfying and fulfilling skill that reduces dependence on industrial products, shares respect and gratitude for the web of life around us, and connects us to our roots. 

In this class students will learn:

  • How to prepare hides for tanning
  • How to soften fur-on hides
  • How to smoke hides for preservation
  • Tips for dealing with specific animals’ furs
  • Theory and science of hide tanning

Throughout our time together you will also have the opportunity to pick the brains of two experienced hide tanners and ask any questions you may have. Everyone is welcome in this class, whether you’ve tanned hides before or not; you will certainly learn something new! 

Please note that hide tanning is not an exact science and many variables come into play, so it is possible that our day could end earlier or a bit later on Saturday and Sunday; plan accordingly.

This class will be held in a covered outdoor location on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 – 28, 2024, from 9 am – 5 pm (both days) near Asheville, NC.

This class is suitable both for experienced weavers and beginners alike! The minimum age is 16.

About the Instructors: Nico Piedrahita & Callan Burton-Shore

Nico Piedrahita: Since he was a kid, Nico’s always wanted to live in the woods. For the last 10 years, he’s been fulfilling that dream, living off-grid in the mountains around Asheville, and studying the skills and knowledge it takes to meet his own needs from the land. That “simple” act, of meeting a need for himself, ties him closer to the land and all the beings around him. His main areas of focus have been hide tanning and woodworking, and he now runs a business tanning hides, carving spoons and bowls, and teaching these skills to the local community.

Callan Burton-Shore: Callan Burton-Shore (she/her) is an ancestral skills teacher and traditional craftsperson. She teaches friction fire, hide tanning, spoon carving, and more, to children and adults across Western North Carolina and the Southeast. Callan believes that ancestral skills and practices allow us to connect more deeply with the land, each other, and ourselves, and thus has made them a part of her daily life. When she’s not teaching or creating, she is passionate about animal processing, tree climbing, and dancing! In addition to teaching her own classes, she teaches at the Green WoodWrights Festival, Wild Abundance, Forest Floor Wilderness Programs, The Little Wild School, The Living Earth School, various earthskills gatherings, and beyond.

Equitable Pricing Model $275 – $145*

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In order to make our workshops more accessible, we offer two price options for each class, with an additional Equity Discount for qualifying individuals. Please consider these options and select your price at checkout.

  • Sponsor Price $275: For those who have enough to share, thank you for being a Sponsor. This is an opportunity to contribute towards the cost of the class for someone else.
  • Standard Price $210: The Standard reflects one person’s share of what it costs to produce the class and cover basic expenses.
  • Equity Discount $145: We offer an additional Equity Discount for those from the following communities who support reparations and/or an equitable redistribution of wealth and would not have access to this workshop without this discount:

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Lily Harlin


Lily is an artist, creator, and dreamer. Since a very young age, she has been immersed in the natural world and draws heavy inspiration from the wild. Though her medium changes frequently, Lily’s art and expression always incorporate an element of the organic and unpredictable. She got her associate in fine arts in 2023, and now volunteers at her school as a ceramic studio monitor. She hopes to open a studio of her own one day to have a place to teach and inspire others. In addition to doing commission work, Lily has been creating many graphics for The Firefly Gathering since 2019. Lily grew up in the Earthskills community from the time she was eight years old, so having the opportunity to grow and give back in so many ways has been incredibly fulfilling. No matter where she ends up, this group of people and ideas will always hold a special place in her heart.