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Blacksmithing & Toolmaking

Tanning Tools: Make Your Own Dry Scraper

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Course Overview

In this two day class you will make a dry scraper for tanning large game - moose, elk, bison, and deer - from scratch.  Starting with a sheet of high tech tool steel, each participant will cut out a blade, heat treat it to optimum hardness in a temperature controlled furnace, sharpen the blade to a razor edge, and craft a handle from premium hardwood.  If time permits, participants will also have the option of assembling a softening tool for a small extra materials fee of $30, payable to the instructor.

Required Tools

  • Earplugs
  • Safety glasses
  • Dust mask
  • Ear and eye protection are available to borrow but you may prefer your own
  • Wear long sleeve non-flammable (cotton / wool) shirts and pants

Optional Tools

  • Sharpening stone if you have one (not required, just for practice)

Session Information

This course is part of our first-ever Hide Week. Join us on October 6 for a day of free demonstrations, talks and community gatherings.Plan to arrive a day early and be part of the fun!


Sat, Oct 7th, 2023  –  Sun, Oct 8th, 2023

Course Details

Skill Levels: Beginner
Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $210.00
Materials fee: $50.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Nate Johnson
Nate Johnson
Northhome, MN

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Tanning Tools: Make Your Own Dry Scraper