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MOFGA Events

Throughout the year, MOFGA hosts hundreds of meetings, workshops, conferences, dinners and festive gatherings. Many take place at our Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine. And many more happen at farms, businesses and other venues throughout the state. See our Calendar for events hosted by other organizations.

Hide Tanning Workshop

December 12, 2018
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
$75; $50 for MOFGA members

Join MOFGA and local instructors Trevanna Grenfell of The Wildwood Path and Sean Murphy of Murphy Family Farm for a day exploring the ancient skill of turning animal hides into soft leathers or beautiful furs. For farmers and hunters through the ages, the hide has been one of the most valuable parts of any animal – but only if they know how to treat it! We'll spend the day learning the basics of hide tanning in the traditional way, and you'll go home with the know-how and skills you need to start tanning on your own.

The workshop will be a prerequisite for our advanced hide tanning workshop hosted on February 26, 2019 (see below).

Bring your questions and your willingness to learn, but please contact us if you would like to bring your own hide so that we can determine whether your particular project fits with the workshop. We'll work on rabbit hides together and you'll have a chance to see demos of other types of hides so that you can get a feel for how to work with different styles. We will approach this skill with sensitivity and compassion, but hide tanning isn't for the faint of heart! Be prepared to see, touch, smell, and talk about raw animal hides – and to experience the magic of turning rawhide into leather!

Advanced Hide Tanning
February 26, 2019
Pre-requisite: MOFGA's Hide Tanning Workshop or equivalent experience
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
$100; $75 for MOFGA members

Do you know the basics of hide tanning but want to learn how to troubleshoot, how to make it easier, or how to use a variety of tanning and preservation methods for your hides? Would you like to work on a hide of your own? If you have attended on of MOFGA's Intro to Hide Tanning workshops or an equivalent training, please join us for an advanced hide tanning workshop, where we'll explore how to preserve and treat rawhide, how to do traditional "bark tanning," and how to soften and treat larger hides or unusual species.

Please bring your own equipment and tools if you have them:
- Fleshing beam and knives
- Softening solution that you like
- Stretching post or rack
- Hides to work

Please answer the following questions along with your application for participation to ensure that this class is a good fit for you:

1. Are you bringing a hide to work on?
2. What type of hide?
3. What stage of processing is your hide in?
4. What do you plan to be working on exactly during our time together?
5. What questions would you like to have answered about hide tanning at this workshop?
6. How have you learned the basics of hide tanning? What have been the easiest and hardest parts for you?
7. Will you be bringing any tools or equipment to use or share? (Fleshing beams and knives, stretching poles, racks, softening solutions, etc)
8. Anything else you want us to know?

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