Making leather from fish skins has been done in cultures all over the world, from Asia to Europe to Turtle Island; it was done commercially in Europe and North America during hard times in the early 20th Century, and is now practiced by small tanneries in Europe and Australia serving the artisanal and luxury goods markets.
This fall have two different opportunities to learn about this intriguing material, led by instructor Rebecca Graham and hosted by our partner Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery at Locker D, False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf, 1505 W 1st Avenue (just west of Granville Island along the seawall):
1/ Community Learning Circle
1 session, Thursday, 5:30-7pm
Sept 28, False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf- Locker Bay D
FREE, limited space
This free ‘cooking-show’ style workshop will give you a feel for why fish leather is so amazing: you’ll get the chance to scrape a fresh skin, and work a pre-tanned skin til it’s soft and dry. All skins made at this workshop will be used in the Land & Sea show at the Roundhouse Community Centre in fall, 2018. Instructor: Rebecca Graham
Workshop is free, but pre-registration is required– if you sign up, please show up!
2/ Salmon Leather Guild
4 sessions, Thursdays, 5:30-7pm
Oct 12, 19, 26, and Nov 2,
False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf- Locker Bay D
This four-session workshop will take you in depth through the process of selecting, scraping, tanning, and finishing fish leather, then stitching your finished leather into a durable wallet or cell phone pocket.
Co-hosted by Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery.
This workshop series is a fundraiser in support of the Land & Sea Project Phase 2: all proceeds go towards bringing experts from Scotland and Alaska to Vancouver to lead advanced workshops in tanning and waterproof leather sewing in 2018…. Community Supported Learning! Instructor: Rebecca Graham
Find related Land & Sea activities at these upcoming events!
- Join us in Nettle Processing in Strathcona Park on Sunday, September 24th 1-3pm as a part of the events around the Reconciliation Walk http://reconciliationcanada.ca/walk-for-reconciliation-2017/
- Renfrew Ravine Still Moon Festival Saturday September 30 4-7pm we will be spinning linen for net-making
- Mark your calendar for the Wild Salmon Caravan Saturday October 7th parade and feast- details to follow, check out https://wildsalmoncaravan.wordpress.com/
Thank you to our Land & Sea Project Partners!