July 30 – Aug 3, 2018
Faculty: Nick Neddo
Learn how to transform raw animal skins into beautiful, functional buckskin leather without the use of toxic chemicals found in most of the modern leather tanning industry. In this course you will be guided through each step of the wet-scrape tanning process, from skinning an animal, all the way through to crafting with your finished buckskin. In addition to acquiring this trade in a traditional manner, students will also learn how to use rawhide as its own unique material in the art of parfleche. This course will make as much use of the animal’s non-edible body parts as possible, honoring the gift of its life by crafting with bones, hooves, skin scraps, fur and antler. Students will tan a deer hide, going home with luxuriously soft and supple buckskin, as well as a life-empowering skill. Additional tanning methods will be introduced and an extensive display of finished handmade leather products, including tanned furs, bags, pouches and a whole wardrobe of buckskin clothing will be available to study and handle.
Other Workshops Offered by Nick Neddo this Session:
- ReWild Your Art: Renew Your Creative Nature Through Crafting Your Art Supplies Directly From The Wild!
- Wildcrafted Pigments, Paints & Paintbrushes
- Wildcrafted Pens & Ink
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Tuition & Fees: Early Bird Pricing: $750.00 / Pricing after June 30th: $775 covers the cost of the class, most course materials, and daily meals from our top-ranked Sterling Kitchen. Accommodations are not included in course pricing.
Housing Availability & Fees: On-campus housing is available for an additional fee of $50/night with a private bathroom and $50/night with shared bathrooms. Please note that Sterling College offers rustic/vintage/farmhouse style accommodations that are clean and safe but not luxurious. Availability is limited and room requests are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you prefer to stay off-campus please see our accommodations page for local recommendations.
Nick Neddo is a sixth-generation Vermonter who has been making art since he could first pick up a crayon. He grew up exploring the wetlands, forests, and fields of his bioregion and developed a profound curiosity, respect, and love for the community of life around him. As a youngster, Nick identified primary focuses that would become lifelong pursuits: study of the natural world, Stone Age technology (popularly known as primitive skills), and creating art. Everything changed for Nick when he started making his art materials directly from the landscape. The moment he begins working on a piece happens much earlier than that of the first pen line or brushstroke. His artistic process includes days and weeks of searching the landscape, gathering raw materials, processing and refining the elemental components and hand-crafting them into high quality tools and materials. Nick aspires to make tools that are as beautiful in their function and that retain as much of their raw form as possible. He transforms fibers, furs, berries, beeswax, muds, sticks and stones into pens, paint brushes, crayons, charcoal, inks, paints, paper, inkwells, and sketchbooks. The subject matter of many of Nick’s compositions represents the creatures who provided the raw materials to make the medium in which they are depicted. For example, when using ink he made from black walnut trees, with a pen he made from a black walnut twig, Nick is compelled to make images of this tree. Nick’s uniquely landscape-based approach to making art is detailed in his recent book, The Organic Artist: Make Your Own Paint, Paper, Pigments, Prints and More from Nature (Quarry Books, 2015).