Woodland Tannery


The Woodland Tannery is an exciting new social enterprise based on Scotland’s rich history of leather tanning and forest management.

Their highly sustainable venture relies entirely on natural materials sourced locally such as oak, spruce and willow bark from local Estates and provides employment for local members of our community. Their tannery, unlike many others, uses only natural materials based on traditional recipes to tan Their leather utilising wild deer hides, sheepskins from local farms and fish skins from Scotland’s finest smoke salmon suppliers.

Sustainability is at the heart of what they do at this artisan tannery, unlike most large scale tanneries they produce no waste & use the small quantity of bi-products from there traditional tanning method to nurture their local soil. Through their tanning process, they use only naturally sourced barks and oils which become mulch to nourish the soil and re-balance the pH of acidic soils found in coniferous woodlands.
Their leather doesn’t come into contact with any nasty chemicals so are kind to your skin and are kind to the soil when your product comes to the end of its life.

Our heritage is very important to those at the Woodland Tannery. Aiming to rediscover and maintain traditional tanning knowledge from an era when tanning was a highly sustainable practice, especially in the local area. Through working with experienced tanners, museums and archival records they have rediscovered the age-old practice of bark and peat tanning which practised up until the 19th century in Fife and Perthshire and is an important part of Scotland’s history.

Woodland Tannery, produce bespoke leather items for Film and TV production companies, museums or for that special gift.
Experience of producing historic custom items that reflect Scotland’s rich history of leather working based on extensive research including coracles, clothing, hats, shoes, bags, containers, water bottles and much more.

Courses available