Back Yard Micro Tannery

Back Yard Micro Tannery
A few months ago I started experimenting with tanning deerskin using oak bark. Here’s what I’ve done so far… NB – This post is not for my squeamish, faint-hearted or vegans friends!   The Skin and Defleshing   Liming Once the inside of the skin (flesh side) has been scraped this then gets put in a bucket ...

Back Yard Willow Growing

Back Yard Willow Growing
For the past four years I’ve been growing willow in our back garden. It’s not a huge space, about 10ft (3m) by 18ft (5.5m). I started in 2012 by covering the area with breathable weed suppressing membrane and then cut rows of small slits at 18 inch (45cm) gaps, each row being 12 inches (30cm) ...