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Whole Deer Processing

£255 £225

Location – Cornwall. Three day course; Friday 6pm – Sunday 5pm. All accommodation and meals are provided.

Friday 19th April – Sunday 21st April (Easter weekend)

On this course you will learn how to process an entire, locally sourced deer and learn how to utilise every part of it for a variety of applications. We’ll also be learning how to preserve each part until a time that it can be used so that nothing is wasted. The deer has been sourced from a local gamekeeper that has culled the deer as part of their land management process.  Multiple levels of technologies will be used from stone to steel. If you have a keen interest in ancestral skills and living off the land, this course is the perfect platform for developing a variety of skills that will benefit other projects.

Throughout the world our ancestors would have lived closely with the landscape and the wildlife within in it. They would have learnt how to make the most of everything they harvested so that nothing was wasted. In the Western world, these skills are slowly being lost and just a handful of people are working hard to preserve them. This course helps us to understand and connect with our ancestors way of life, whilst also learning skills that are sustainable in the world we now live in.

Please see the itinerary below for everything we aim to cover. It will be a busy weekend!

This course is fully catered (all diets catered for) and canvas accommodation is provided.

*We are working with Dr Theresa Kamper, a specialist in prehistoric tanning technologies with over 25 years experience in animal processing. She is well known internationally within the primitive skills and bushcraft communities where she has been teaching traditional living skills for over 15 years.

**Please note, hide tanning will be mentioned and some of the initial processes will be covered but it is too long a process to be covered in full during this workshop. We will be running a hide tanning workshop later in the year and Dr Theresa Kamper will also return at a later date to run a session on a skill she has spent years specialising in and is renowned for: sewing and decorating hides to creative beautiful, long lasting clothing and accessories.

Pay a 20% deposit per item

Itinerary

What we aim to cover:

It is an intensive course (arriving Friday evening) and the Saturday will be dedicated to the actual process of stripping down the deer. On the Sunday, we will then use some of what we have learnt to practise our skills and create or preserve useable materials and artefacts.

Organs: removing, sorting and cleaning the edible organs as well as the utilarian organs such as – brains for tanning the skin, the bladder for water bags and intestines for thread.

Skin: removing, de-fleshing and preserving the skin for later use (e.g. for rawhide, for buckskin, for drums)and making hide glue.

Meat: removing the meat and understanding which cuts are best suited to different uses. How to debone, make roasts, jerky and soup meat. Basic meat preservation.

Fat: How to render fat to preserve it and its uses.

Bones: How to separate joints, bones as food, how to make tools from bones such as – skin processing tools, awls and needles, fish hooks, harpoon and arrow points and jewellery.

Sinew: How to remove, clean and preserve both backstrap and leg sinew and how to later process it for fibre.

Hooves: How to process the hooves for decorative items or for hoof glue.

Antlers: How to remove them and how to best work with them for a variety of artefacts including knife handles, carving, flint knapping, buttons.

Accommodation

You’ll be staying in our small private woodland, near to the beaches and harbour of Looe, in Cornwall. The bluebells will just be showing their faces and there will be a carpet of wild garlic and primroses.

We share the woodland with its wild inhabitants including deer, fox, badgers and Tawny owls,

You will need to bring a roll mat/or camp bed and bedding. A full list of what to bring will be sent out after booking.

You will receive a hot meal on Friday evening, three meals on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday cooked over the camp fire. Special diets can be accommodated.

There will be an opportunity to shower and we use composting toilets.

Physical Requirements

Our courses are situated on a sloped woodland. They are open to anyone who can walk over uneven ground and up a short woodland slope.

It is open to any gender and from aged 14 upwards. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a full paying adult.

If you have any specific medical concerns or additional needs then please inform us at the time of booking. Please also bring along any necessary medication you may need.

Other Information

Unfortunately we cannot accept dogs (or other pets) onto the woodland.

Wear warm clothing that you don’t mind getting mucky. A full list of what to bring will be sent out after booking.

You do not need any prior knowledge to benefit from this course.

 

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