Leatherwork Basic Skills Weekend
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Course Fee £260
The Basic Skills Weekend is designed to equip the student with transferable skills that can form the basis of ongoing study, practice and experimentation. The techniques taught are those used in traditional bridlemaking, and students wanting to progress in equestrian leatherwork will find this course an ideal resource.
What we’ll teach in the theory session (2 hours): How to choose the right leather for the job: Leather manufacture and how different leather making processes influence your choice; Qualities of different animal skins and how best to use different parts of the hide or skin
What you will do in the practical session (across 2 days/14 hours):
SATURDAY – Belt making in detail (you will never look at a belt the same way again!) :Cutting leather from the hide and calculating important measurements; Edge-finishing, buckle-fitting, hole-punching; Point-making, riveting and use of splitting machine; Stitch marking and hand stitching the saddler’s way with 2 needles
SUNDAY – Making an item from scratch. We teach a step by step approach to enable you to transform an idea in the imagination into a fully finished product: This includes a pattern making technique and a bag/pouch construction method together with the techniques learnt the day before; We offer examples to copy if required and provide support throughout the making process
Class times: Saturday 9.00am – 5.30pm; Sunday 9am – 5.30pm
The money side – Course Fee £260
Whats included in this price?
Tools – All tools are provided. We run the course using the Starter Tool Kit which can be bought at the course price of £180 (discounted by £15). No additional specialised tools are needed for you to repeat at home what you have learnt in the workshop.
The Basic Skills Course DVD containing all of the skills and techniques taught during the weekend is included in the course fee.
An additional optional resource, The Leatherwork Handbook by Valerie Michael is available to buy.
Student Pack a folder with a Supplier List and other relevant information will be sent with a follow-up email after the weekend.
What’s not included:
Materials All materials used are charged at reasonable rates.
Sundries A flat charge of £5.00 covers threads, rivets, snaps, needles, edge dyes etc.
Saturday Belt Making buckle and leather £15.
Sunday Project leather, buckles, D rings, fasteners are all individually priced – allow £35-£50 but could cost more depending on size of project and quality of leather which varies a lot in price.
Lunch – there are several great options close by:
Accommodation – please see Local Accomodation for details of places to stay nearby.