Mountain Man Shows Traditional Method of Leather-Making

(Gillette, Wyo.) This month's entry in to the Rockpile Museum's Summer Series is a demonstration on Saturday with Ken Hall. "Ken is a mountain man that attends more than a dozen American Mountain Men rendezvous around the state every year," explained Wendy Legerski with the Rockpile Museum. "He has a lot of traditional skills, but he's very well known for tanning leather using animal brains." He has made a lot of clothing using this method, including hats and moccasins. It's a centuries-old way of of tanning hides that is very different than modern chemically-based commercial tanning. It produces a strong, supple, washable leather. Hall has been using the brain tanning method for about 30 years. Ken will be out on the lawn of the museum between the hours of 1:00 p.m and 5:00 p.m. on July 23rd, showing parts of the process, which takes a little bit longer than four hours to demonstrate. The program is free, and you can call 307-682-5723 for more information. #county17 #news