April 27, 2015

Touch of Nature to host Buckskin Workshop

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A four-day workshop at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center will teach participants everything they need to know in order to tan a deer skin as well as other useful outdoor skills. 

The Buckskin Workshop is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 9-10 and 16-17 at the Upper 40 Cabin at Touch of Nature, about eight miles south of Carbondale off Giant City Road. 

Kevin Clinton, who has more than 20 years of experience in tanning and other primitive skills, will be the workshop instructor. His experience includes teaching numerous classes at Fort de Chartres, Fort Massac and the Rabbit Stick Rendezvous. 

Each class participant will have the opportunity to tan a deer skin from start to finish and keep the soft, tanned leather. They will also learn survival skills, primitive fire-making and archery. 

All tools and materials are included in the $125 registration fee. The class size is limited to eight people to assure each person receives personalized attention and instruction so they can learn enough to continue tanning on their own. 

Participants should bring lunch because none will be provided. Free camping is available on the grounds. Overnight lodging can also be booked. 

Register by calling 618/453-1121. 

For more information, contact Scott Ferguson at 618/453-1121, ext. 220, or by email at scottf@siu.edu.  Additional information about the Buckskin Workshop and various other activities happening at Touch of Nature is also online at ton.siu.edu