Sheep and Goat Hide Tanning with Jay Begay (Friday, June 2 - Sunday, June 4)
WORKSHOP REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
Join Jay Begay for a two-and-a-half-day immersion into the traditional art of tanning sheep and goat hides by hand. In this intimate and experiential workshop, students will be taken through the tanning process from start to finish. Each student will leave the workshop with a sheep or goat hide they personally tanned by hand.
The art of hide tanning is a cross-cultural human legacy, one with an ancient heritage that spans continents and lineages. Besides full hands-on experience, we will spend time discussing history, methodology, and Navajo traditional approaches. Students will leave with an understanding of how to bring to life beautiful hand-tanned hides in their own small home tanning set-ups. Hide tanning is a physically demanding craft, so be prepared for two full days of very active and fun learning.
Students will need to bring rubber gloves, a pumice stone, and a knife to the workshop. The knife will be used for clearing the hide of meat and fat.
Date & Time
Friday, June 2nd and Saturday, June 3rd from 9am to 4pm (with a one-hour lunch break) and Sunday, June 4th from 9 am to 12 pm
A $200.00 material fee is included in the workshop registration fee.
About the Instructor
Jay Begay originates from the community of Rocky Ridge in Northeastern Arizona. Jay's childhood was spent with his late paternal grandmother tending to the flock of sheep and goats. It was from his grandma that he acquired the skills required to continue the pastoral ways. Today, he continues to raise Navajo-Churro sheep and Angora goats. Jay enjoys working with fiber and sharing his knowledge.
First image courtesy of Leney Breeden