Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee offers first hide-tanning workshop
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
Sioux Lookout’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee is offering a deer hide-tanning workshop, which began on July 14, and continues July 19, 20, 21 and 22.
“On the 14, we’re going to be meeting and cleaning up the hide. Once the hides are fleshed, we’re going to be putting them in to soak with water and a potassium-hydroxide mix. Then on Thursday we’ll be meeting up again to start cleaning the hair off and go through the rest of the process,” explained Kanina Terry, who has helped organize the workshop.
This is the first time a hide-tanning workshop has been offered in Sioux Lookout by the Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee.
“I took a course last summer in Thunder Bay. It was a four day hide-tanning workshop. After taking that course, I thought this would be something neat to bring to Sioux Lookout. We’ve been working on this and we’ve been talking about this since last year,” said Terry.
Terry said she was surprised at the amount of interest despite advertising the workshop a bit later than they were hoping.
“The interest has been great. We had six spots in the class and they’re all full now. We filled three spots right away and we had the last spot filled last week. Next time we hope to give people more time to sort out their work schedule so they can try and experience the workshop,” Terry concluded.