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We love to share our passion!

One weekend a month we open the studio to people wishing to learn how to work with leather. We teach traditional techniques using hand tools and naturally tanned leather. The course includes a 2 hour theory session and practical demonstration of how leather is made, and 2 full days of practical workshop based teaching. The Basic Skills Course is designed to equip the student with skills. The two items – a hand stitched Belt and a Turned Pouch with belt loop or shoulder strap – incorporate different techniques which form a basis for ongoing study, practice and experimentation. Techniques taught are those used in traditional bridlemaking, and students wanting tuition in equestrian leatherwork will find this course an ideal resource.
What we’ll teach in the theory session (2 hours):

  • an investigation into different leathers, parts of a hide and their uses in leatherwork (part
  • practical demonstration of leather making.

What we’ll teach in the practical session (2 days – 14 hrs):

  • strap cutting, edge finishing, hole punching
  • buckles, crew punching, riveting, use of splitting machine, hand stitching with linen thread and 2 needles
  • pattern making technique.
  • T base bag technique with turned seams, stitching with awl and 1 needle
  • setting rivets and press stud fasteners.
  • buckles, crew punching, riveting, use of splitting machine, hand stitching with linen thread and 2 needles

What’s included

  • Tools – All the specialist tools are included in the Starter Tool Kit. The kit is available for purchase allowing the student to continue at home everything that was learnt on the course.
  • all materials (if a personal project uses more than the average amount of materials there will be an additional charge)
  • basic Skills DVD to take home (this is also available to buy)

What’s not included


  • evening 6-8pm and 2 full days
  • class size: 6 max
  • cost: £260


The Leatherwork Basic Skills Weekend is running Sept 19th-21st; Oct 17th-19th and Nov 14th-16th.. Choose a date and book your place >>

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The Basic Skills DVD is also available to buy >>

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