Hide tanning

Here is a list of new and past instructors to give you a taste of classes offered.We strive to provide a unique & diverse group of creative & talented instructors. Soon after you arrive at the gathering you will hear about the classes offered for the week and sign up... old school style. Daily morning announcements happen to help you find classes to jump in on. Don't worry, there are plenty of classes to choose from! 


Hide tanning is an ancient craft that many indigenous people have used to make important items, such as clothing and tools. In this class you will learn and get hands on with this craft. You will learn what tools you need to tan hides on your own and be able to ask lots of questions. This class is a big committment, so know that if you do take it, you will need to limit taking other classes. Hides will be available for purchase to work with. If you have your own, you can bring it.


Jay Sliwa

Jay Sliwa is an amazing person with a lot of tricks up his sleeve. He is knowledgable in hide tanning, leather work, beadwork, herbalism, basketry and more. He lives primarily off of the land up in Northern California and spends weeks to months in the back country. We are blessed to have Jay as one of the main supporters of The Acorn Gathering.