Leather School Courses
At Leather School we have courses for a variety of levels, from our ‘In-a-Day’ belt, satchel, sheath and wallet making to our flagship Essential Skills course and beyond to Advanced Skills courses and Makers’ Days. Prices include materials, use of tools and tuition, unless otherwise indicated
Leather School course information
Below is an overview of the courses that we offer. If you want more specific details such as who the course is aimed at, or skills and materials covered, or images of the course, you can find these in the Events Calendar – select a course and date that you are interested in and the details will be provided. If you still have a question then please get in touch by going to the contact page
How to book Leather School courses
Once you have selected a course that you would like to go on you can book via the Calendar. Click on the Calendar Tab on the main menu and navigate to the date of the course that you would like to book and follow the instructions
Essential Skills Weekend £280 (including materials for Day 1)
Two full days of practical, workshop-based teaching
One weekend a month we open the Leather School studio to people wishing to learn how to work with leather and develop their own practice. We teach traditional techniques using hand tools and naturally tanned leather. The course includes a theory session and practical demonstration of how leather is made, plus a tour of the Tanner Bates professional leather production workshop, as part of the 2 days of practical workshop based teaching.
Dates now available to book: 16/17 June, 14/15 July, 18/19 August, 22/23 September (This course will be held in Northampton), 13/14 October, 17/18 November, 8/9 December (To book a place select your preferred dates from the Calendar)
Essential Skills Weekends with an extra Makers’ Day + added on the Monday (see details on Makers’ Days below)
This provides an opportunity to extend the weekend course allowing you to create a more sophisticated project on the Sunday of the Essential Skills course, or to start practising your skills on a new project straight away
Dates now available to book: Mon 14 May (after 12/13 May course), Mon 25 June (after 14/15 July course), Mon 16 July (after 14/15 July course) (To book a place or to find out more course details select your preferred dates from the Calendar)
One day courses making a Satchel, or a Knife/ Axe Sheath or a Wallet. You will learn all the skills and use of tools to make exquisite and functional artefacts using high quality leather. On completing the course you will have the knowledge, experience and confidence required to make more of the products and try out new designs.
In-a-day Satchel Course £150
Make your own leather satchel from gorgeous vegetable tanned leather, using a pattern for an old-school satchel that enables you to both learn lots of techniques, including riveting and lacing, to make something substantial size-wise that will be useful every day.
Dates now available to book: 30 June, 4 August, 27 October, 1 Dec (To book a place or to find out more course details select your preferred dates from the Calendar)
In-a-day Belt Making Course £100
A properly made leather belt is a practical and aesthetically pleasing artefact that will last for years and years. On the Belt Making course you will not only create a beautiful belt, but you will learn a range of key skills in leather making. Be careful who you show your belt to – you’ll likely be taking requests for more of your belt-making skills from friends and family!
Dates now available to book: 24 November (To book a place or to find out more course details select your preferred dates from the Calendar)
In-a-day Knife or Axe Head Sheath Course £100
Create a useful sheath from vegetable tanned leather, which you can be proud of. You will learn to plan and make a bespoke pattern for your own knife or axe, then learn the skills to cut and stitch, ending up with a beautiful and practical leather piece.
Dates now available to book: The next course is part of Craft Revolution’s 3 Day Knife and Sheath Making Course. Please contact us if you are interested in this course or go to www.dartington.org/event/crafted-hand-forged-knife-three-day-course/
In-a-day Leather Wallet Course £100
Dates now available to book: 21 July (To book a place or to find out more course details select your preferred dates from the Calendar)
Makers’ Days and Maker’s Days +
Makers’ Days give graduates of our Essential Skills Course, along with leatherwork craftspeople and enthusiasts with a proven intermediate skill level, access to our state of the art workshop and tools as well as expert leather work tutors. They are mornings (10 – 1) or full days (10-1, 2- 4).
Makers’ Days £20 (Morning) or £30 (Full Day)
This is an opportunity for you to focus on a particular aspect of your leatherwork practice; for example you may want to bring in a project to start or continue, develop a skill or use specific tools that you may not have access to. A teacher will be available for light tuition.
Dates now available to book: 13 June (To book a place or to find out more course details select your preferred dates from the Calendar)
Makers’ Days + £30 (Morning) or £50 (Full Day)
This follows the same idea but with more specifically dedicated tuition for the duration of the day – ideal if you have something that you want focused tuition for. It would be useful to let us know in advance what you are going to be working on so that the tutor can be prepared for what you need.
Dates now available to book: 14 May, 25 June, 16 July, 20 August, 15 October, 19th November, 10 December (To book a place or to find out more course details select your preferred dates from the Calendar)
Please note that we provide refreshments (tea, coffee and biscuits) for courses lasting a day or longer. We do not provide lunch, but there are several outlets for food within 5 minutes of Leather School. Participants can also use our kitchen facilities (kettle, micro-wave, fridge) and bring their own lunch to eat at the school.
Courses run with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 8 people. If there are not enough participants on a particular course it will be rescheduled. If you have booked a place on a course that has to be rescheduled you will be informed two weeks before the course date.