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Dennis Biswell

MOTHER EARTH NEWS

An avid outdoorsman, Dennis Biswell has hunted and fished all his life. In addition to processing all the game he harvests at home, he tans the skins into leather and buckskin.

Dennis will be speaking at the Texas, North Carolina, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Kansas Fairs

Workshops

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Making Leather and Buckskin: Tanning at home

Dennis Biswell shares his years of experience tanning a variety of hides. He discusses how to make beautiful hair-on leather hides, durable hair-off leather, and traditional buckskin. With a limited investment in tools and supplies, Biswell has long enjoyed tanning projects at home. He reveals his timetable for fitting them into a busy schedule. Don't know what to do with hides after they are tanned? Biswell answers that question as well, showing off items he’s crafted from his home-tanned hides.
Modern Homesteading

Available In:

Texas, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Grit Stage
North Carolina, Saturday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Grit Stage
Maryland, Workshop time to be determined
Oregon, Workshop time to be determined
Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined
Kansas, Workshop time to be determined

Hands on: Hand Stitching Leather

Learn to make three leather stitches: blanket, saddle, and whip stitch (and find out when each is used). Participants receive a kit that includes the leather pieces to make a 4-inch-by-6-inch pouch, needles, artificial sinew, and instruction on how to sew the pouch together using the three stitches. Note: An extra pass is required for this workshop. Space is limited, get your passes today
Modern Homesteading Hands On

Available In:

Texas, Sunday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Hands-On Workshops
North Carolina, Saturday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Hands-On Workshops
Oregon, Workshop time to be determined
Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined

Durable and Beautiful Hair On Hides

Have you ever wanted to turn a deer skin into a beautiful throw for your home? Dennis Biswell reveals how to create durable hair-on leather from a wide range of animals, including deer, goats, raccoon, coyotes, and rabbits. Sharing how to do it all at home with a limited investment in tools and supplies, Biswell discusses his timetable for working tanning projects into a busy schedule. He also shows items he has created with his home-tanned hides.
Modern Homesteading

Available In:

Texas, Sunday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Mother Earth News Stage
North Carolina, Sunday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Homestead Hustle Stage
Maryland, Workshop time to be determined
Oregon, Workshop time to be determined
Pennsylvania, Workshop time to be determined
Kansas, Workshop time to be determined