Hide Tanning Workshop

The next Hide-Tanning Weekend Workshop will be held November 3-5


People holding hidesThis workshop is a powerful challenge. Attempting the very physical act of transforming raw animal skin into useful leather is an ambitious undertaking!  We provide nutritious meals, cozy lodging, a welcoming campus, knowledgeable and skilled staff, good tools and high quality materials. You provide the elbow grease, effort and labor. With focus, determination and dedication it is possible to walk away with a finished hide. We will do everything in our power to help you succeed. As we are all students, at different learning levels, based on diversity of skill sets, age, past experience, exposure and physical prowess, each participant will have a unique experience. 


This particular weekend workshop begins at 10am on Friday and ends at 4pm on Sunday. The entire time is required. White tail deer hides will be provided from tagged deer harvested and taken to a meat processor. They are hides that would otherwise be discarded. Our intention is to honor the sacred parts of each animal and use them to their highest purpose. (This class does not cover hunting animals. Hunting classes are offered on a case by case basis, during open season to licensed hunters ages 15 and older by Eustace. To learn more about that, please leave a message at (828) 265-2267)

Location: 8 miles east of Boone, NC - the awe-inspiring base camp at Turtle Island Preserve: just 2 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway - Bamboo Gap Exit

Cost: $300.00 per person *All overnight lodging, meals, tools and materials included

Cancellations: A non-refundable deposit of 1/2 your total will be retained for all cancellations.

Road Conditions: watch the video of our actual gravel driveway

How To Register:

Print and complete the Workshop Registration Form, mail in with your payment and completed 2-sided Medical/Liability Form to:

Turtle Island Preserve
Attn. Hide Tanning Workshop
2683 Little Laurel Road
Boone, NC 28607

After You've Registered:

Please print and READ this info prior to arrival

Driving & Parking Directions (for this weekend workshop only)

What to Bring (for this weekend workshop only)

Orientation Info (you NEED to know this in advance)