Bark Tanning Links
really isn't much on the "how-to's" of bark tanning on the web. I
spent many hours going to the 15th page of various search engines (where the
links are to petty references like the Encarta Encyclopedia's description of
Oaks: "traditionally used for the bark tanning of leather") looking
for good info. The main sites, besides this one, are dedicated to
leatherworking in the middle ages. There are a ton of personal sites
about various people's tooling work on bark tan...but that doesn't interest
me as much so you'll have to find them on your own....
Leatherworking in the Middle Ages
This is really excellent. Marc Carlson, Rick Cavasin and Kendra of HollyOak
collaborated to put together everything they know about leathers and tanning
in the Middle Ages. Of the several sites that cover this topic, this is easily
the best. Covers tanning, parchment, cuir bouilli, tooling, leatherworking and
has an extensive bibliography. Nothing pretty, but intelligent info.
Medieval Leather Dying
together by the same folks, this covers dying.
The International Internet Leathercrafter's Guild
large website based primarily around "leathercraft" which generally
means tooling & carving leather. Includes a photo gallery and a very good
collection of links to the sites of its members, leather manufactures and
leathercraft oriented sites in general.
How to Make Cuir
account of "Sir Squeek, the Mighty's" experiments and successes
making cuir bouilli. If you are interested in this stuff, you should also read
the cuir bouilli section in Leatherworking
in the Middle Ages, which I thought was better.
Anglo-Saxon and Viking Crafts - Leatherwork
A somewhat interesting summary of period bark tanning...
Bark Tanning Seal Skins
is the Borealis Crafts website. Go here if you want to know more about the
folks who are making bark tanned seal-skin boots in Newfoundland.
Leather Discussion Group
This is a discussion
group on medieval leather practices. They discuss everything from tanning to
armour, to their favorite leather suppliers.
American Leather Chemists Association - ALCA
site has nothing particularly on bark tanning, but it is the very scientific
end of the leather world, should you want to explore that. They have a
collection of past and current articles from their Journal of the American
Leather Chemists Association.
Lotta Rahme's website. She is the author of Leather:
Preparation and Tanning by Traditional Methods, reviewed on this site.
She's done more low tech bark tanning than anyone else I know of, learning
especially from the Saami in northern Sweden. She teaches classes in Sweden
and has her own small tannery. The website is in Swedish except for one page
in English, but there are some interesting pictures, and her English is good
should you want to contact her.