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Wool, Leather, Bones
18 Reasons
San Francisco, CA
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Wool, Leather, Bones
Friday, April 25th, 6-8pm
Wool, Leather, Bones
Tickets: $20 for members, $25 for the general public

Go beyond nose to tail dining and see how artists and entrepreneurs are using bones, hides, and wool in both beautiful and practical ways. This show-and-tell features three innovators exploring the uses of materials that might otherwise be wasted.

Local food systems communicator Haven Bourque grew up in a family of artisans who used castoff bones from the mainstream meat industry and the rural hunting and meat-eating culture. They transformed bones from the Chicago meatpacking plants and their hunter neighbors into many usable objects, primarily jewelry but also musical instruments, buttons, etc. There is of course a very long tradition of many cultures using animal bones, which are not only resiliently strong and highly adaptable, but exquisitely beautiful.  Their jewelry has been sold all over the country, and they were honored to be in both Vogue Magazine and the Smithsonian Museum in the same year.

A Bay Area meat entrepreneur, Claire Herminjard of Mindful Meats is already using hides from cows that she harvests for her meat business.  She is focused on creating wearables including bracelets, thus giving you the opportunity to wear a piece of the animal that gave you your breakfast milk and yogurt for 7 years, became your hamburger, and is now your ethical fashion statement.

Joe Pozzi of Sonoma's Pozzi Ranch also worked very hard to create infrastructure for a business that uses 'trash' sheep wool that otherwise wouldn't be used or sold for insulation and clothing.  Pozzi Ranch is located in the coastal region of northern California, where the average rainfall is over 40 inches per year. Sheep which thrive in this climate are coarse-grade wool sheep. Their coarse wool, with a 28 to 34 micron count, easily sheds the heavy rains of this region and keeps the sheep warm. Historically, there was not much interest in this type of wool in the world market, because it was too coarse to be used in a traditional end product, such as clothing, blankets or other textiles. Frustrated that his wool was going to "waste", in 1993, Joe began to explore opportunities and ways to use this type of wool. He discovered that the coarse wool is ideal for bedding products. The fibers in coarse wool creates a very full and lofty material for mattresses, pillows and comforters. The wool has provided another option for consumers who want a high quality natural product.

Light snacks will be served.


18 Reasons (View)
3674 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States



Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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