Fur on tanning (Fox)

- This course will be given by Dr. Theresa Emmerich.
She is a specialist in prehistoric traditional tanning technologies -
Course language is English.

During this course you will learn the skill to tan a Fox skin.

Before the advent of modern tanning agents, humans were turning raw skin into usable leather products using very basic techniques and materials.
Learn to produce incredibly soft, strong and durable leather from raw animal skin using one of human kind’s earliest tanning technologies! Utilising materials readily available in the surrounding environment we will walk through the steps of this transformation.

Over 2 full days this class will focus on tanning furs with a variation of fat tanning using brains as the dressing agent*.
Whilst not for the squeamish the end product is worth the work!

The class will cover rehydrating dried furs, de-fleshing, dressing and softening the fur skins, as well as smoking them so they can be easily washed.

In addition to enthusiastic instruction I provide comfortable, easy to use tools and detailed handouts covering the tanning process, as well as ethnographic anecdotes and a list of helpful literature for those who wish to further their own knowledge of tanning!
So, please join me for a course sure to contain plenty of memorable moments, lots of practical information and, if you put in the work**, one that will see you heading home with a beautiful, unique and usable traditionally tanned Fox fur!

* a brain substitute will be available for those who truly prefer not to use brain tissue.

** Please be aware that a reasonable amount of fitness is required for this course. I will provide instruction on good technique and timing with the skins, but you will need to be able to be on your feet and active for 6 to 8 hours per day. Any serious injuries need to be discussed with me prior to booking onto the course please!

You can combine this course with our Fur on tanning (Beaver) course that will get you even a step further in your tanning skills and insight into the process. These courses are back to back and you can stay inbetween.
Combining these two will get you a 10% of the total course price (provided that both can take place).

EXTRA info

Duration: 2 days (Wednesday 9:00 am - Thursday ± 16:00 pm), arrival on Tuesday evening is possible.
Group size: min 8 - max 12
Prerequisites: no previous knowledge or skills needed.
Catering: this course is self catering, EXTRA provides coffee, tea and cookies
Accommodation: camping in farm yard / field, either in your own tent or camper
Location: Witharen, The Netherlands
Included: all needed materials, a fox skin, coffee / tea and camping
Not included: your meals, cooking utensils and camping equipment


€ 245,= (tax included)


€ 95,=


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Aanbod samenvatting

  • rehydrating dried furs
  • de-fleshing
  • dressing
  • softening
  • smoking
  • washing
  • historical knowledge and more



Theresa is an avid practitioner of traditional living skills and primitive technology of all ki


Op (bijna) al mijn kinderfoto's ben ik met 'vieze' knieën te zien - veel buiten geweest dus.