We’re in the beginnings of an exciting tannery project here at Old Chapel Farm. Right now we’re working on the sheep, goat and cow skins from the farm, deer skins and recently, even an otter that was found on the road.

We’re harvesting the tannin from spruce and oak trees either on or near Old Chapel and we’re softening the skins with animal fat, eggs and brains from the farm.

We do brain tanning and bark tanning. both are organic and have no harmful or toxic chemicals involved.

In the years to come the tanning will expand over to the Out Of Eden project where there’ll be an example of a working neolithic tannery as well as an educational space in the large timber framed barn that is to be erected this spring.

Skin was always a valued and essential resource to people living subsistence lifestyles, and will be an important material in other areas of the neolithic settlement.

With a tannery based at the settlement, we’ll be able to continue and expand our experimental work in skin clothing.

If you are a local sheep farmer and want your sheep skins tanned here, then get in touch.

Or come and learn how to do it yourself, this year we are running the first course in tanning at Old Chapel Farm

It is a 4 day course in brain tanning deerskin.

Click here for more details