Camp Tonkawa

Camp Tonkawa
Outdoor Learning Center, Inc

Deer Hide Tanning 

Introductory Hide Tanning Workshop

Will be working on hides provided or "bring your own" to be able to take home the project.  If you bring your own there will be preparation to do before class.  The instructions will be provided upon registration and full payment.

The one day class you will not have hands on the softening and waterproofing processes. 

   Upcoming Dates: December 10, 2016

   Costs:  $75

   Length of Time: 10am - 3pm.

Deer Skins to Buckskins

Will be working on hides provided or "bring your own" to be able to take home the project.  If you bring your own there will be preparation to do before class.  The instructions will be provided upon registration and full payment. 

   Upcoming Dates: December 10-11, 2016

   Costs:  $125

   Length of Time:  Two days: Saturday 10am - 3pm / Sunday as long as it takes to complete.

Drum Making Workshop

You will go home with a deerskin native american hoop drum that you make. Space is limited.

   Upcoming Dates: December 10-11, 2016

   Costs:  $175

   Length of Time:  Two days:  Saturday 10am - 3pm / Sunday as long as it takes. 

Class Description

Honoring the animal that has been hunted was very important to all native cultures. Nothing is wasted, that way the animal is honored. This class will teach you how to turn a deer hide into Buckskin for clothing and crafts and also to preserve pelts from various animals.

Topics covered:

  • obtaining a hide
  • skinning
  • wet scrape verses dry scrape
  • making rawhide
  • making buckskin
  • brain tanning
  • waterproofing by smoking
  • how to make articles of clothing from your finished product
  • what you can make out of rawhide *Drum Making if this is your option*

You will not be able to complete a project of your own during the day workshop, but you get a hands-on experience working with hides in various stages. This will give you a feel so you can go home and do it yourself. Great for the Boy Scout Leatherwork Merit Badge (scout & group rate discount will apply).

The Drum Making Workshop is an extension of the introductory class. On day two,  you will process a deer hide into rawhide and then make a 14" Hoop Drum.

The Full Blown Deer Skins to Buckskins Workshop will take two full work days. Begin with the introductory tanning workshop, then the second work day to make the buckskins. You will go through each step in the Hide Tanning Process with our hides or you can bring your own deer hide. All tools will be available for you to use along with the guidance and coaching you will need to complete the process. It is a commitment and a lot of work, but to me it is one of the most rewarding creations I have ever attempted. Deerskin to Buckskins!!!

Class begins on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. The first class will last until 3 pm. The second day of class for the Buckskins and Drum making will be workshop form, i.e. depending on how fast you work each stage will determine how long it will take. It's the camaraderie of doing it together that will make it fun. Bring your own Food.  If you are staying for more than one day you are welcome to camp.

Parent/Child teams will be accommodated. A 12 year old could complete the project with the desire and determination. Sorry to say that it is not an easy task but a very rewarding one.

Space is Limited for 10. I only have so many tools.

Note: This Class meets some requirements for the Boy Scout Leatherwork Merit Badge.

NOTE : All classes have a minimum number of registrants to make or sorry to say it will be cancelled. So bring your friends and tell everyone you know.

Large Family Rates are available; please call April at 940-440-8382 for details.