ILLUSTRATED TALK: The Art and Craft of Catskill Leather

On Sunday, November 4th at 2 p.m. an illustrated talk, The Art and Craft of Catskill Leather will be held at the Time and the Valleys Museum on St. Rt. 55 in Grahamsville Sullivan County. Ryan Trapani, Director of Forest Services for the Catskill Forest Association, will discuss the impacts of the hemlock bark tanning industry on Catskill communities and forests.  He will also describe how he uses hemlock bark today to convert deerskins into leather.

About Ryan Trapani:  Ryan has been Education Forester at CFA for the past ten years. He is involved in the creation, administration, and marketing of Catskill Forest Association’s programs and events. Ryan researches forest-related topics and writes articles for publications such as The Shawangunk Journal, Kaatskill Life, Catskill Mountain News, The Walton Reporter, and  CFA News. In addition, he handles the broadcast of CFA’s radio show “From The Forest” on WIOX Roxbury 91.3 FM. Ryan earned his Associate Degree in Applied Science in Forest Technology from the New York State Ranger School and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Resources Management from the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry in Syracuse, NY.  He joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in June of 1999 and received an honorable discharge in 2005. Prior to being hired by Catskill Forest Association in 2007, Ryan worked at the DEC, the US Forest Service, and Frost Valley YMCA.  In March 2017, Ryan was hired as CFA’s Director of Forest Services. In addition to his duties as Education Forester, he also oversees the day-to-day activities at CFA.

Admission to the program, which includes admission to the Museum and light refreshments, is $3 for non-members and Museum Members are free.  For more information please call 985-7700 or email

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