Learn How to Make Salmon Fish Skin into Leather


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  • August 12-13 from 1 pm to 4 pm.
  • Grades 7th-12th grade.
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center

All materials for this class are provided by the instructor, Karen McIntyre. Students should wear old clothing or an apron to protect their clothing.

Day 1 – 3 to 4 hours Students will remove the flesh and fat from the salmon fish skin and will wash the salmon fish skin until it is clean. Students will make a fat and oil tanning solution for the salmon fish skins. Students will place skins into the tanning solution until they are ready, usually around 20 minutes, and then the fish skins will continue tanning while hanging overnight to cure.

Day 2 – 3 to 4 hours Students will start working their salmon fish skins while the tanning solution is on the fish skin to make the fish skin soft. After softening is finished, students will wash the skins to remove the tanning solution and rehydrate the skin. Once washing and rehydrating is completed, students will continue to work the fish skin, pulling and stretching the fish skin adding oil back to the skin until it becomes a soft piece of functional leather to make earrings, booties, keychains or whatever your heart desires.


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No Refunds, No Transfers, No Cancellations, No Returns
Participants can pause or postpone services, but this is on a case-by-case basis and up to
the discretion of the Tiamuna Staff and the Service Provider.