The Tannery Section of the Dimitsana Museum

The tannery at the open-air museum fo water power in Dimitsana.

INTRODUCTION

In my previous post in this series about my week in Greece (May 12th to 19th) I wrote about the Open-air Museum of Water Power at Dimitsana, and stated that I was going give the tannery a whole post to itself, and here it is.

THE TANNERY

As well as containing everything used in pre-industrial leather making this section features a short video detailing the process in its entirety. To get from a batch of skins to leather from which stuff could be made would take a couple of months. 

tubstubs IItubs IIItubs VTanneriesSofteningSkinsLeather history818splittingsplitting bowlcornerFleshingWashingwooden boards826827Tanning stages 5,6 and 7protoleathertreatment vesselsstirring vesselsstirrer and nearly ready leatherNearly ready leatherfleshing toolsdeliming info boardTanning stages info boards3rd and 4th tanning stages info boardFinal panels and video screenTannery

This is the centrepiece of a fascinating museum. The tannery is the second-furthest part of the museum from the entrance, with the gunpowder mill directly below it. 

Author: Thomas

I am branch secretary of NAS West Norfolk and #actuallyautistic (diagnosed 10 years ago at the comparatively advanced age of 31). I am a keen photographer, so that most of my own posts contain photos. I am a keen cricket fan and often write about that subject. I also focus a lot on politics and on nature.

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