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Coronavirus and Leather School

As of March 17th 2020 we have decided to close Leather School and postpone all of our scheduled courses in the light of the coronavirus pandemic and government advice. We will be closely monitoring government communications before we start running courses again.

If you have already booked onto a course scheduled over the next couple of months we will be getting in touch with you as soon as we can.

Thank you for your understanding

January 13, 2020

Update on our Educational Support Programme

Leather School's current Student Leather Worker, Sam from Sands School in Ashburton, has been continuing his history-based leather project on our educational support programme for…
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Welcome to Leather School®

At Leather School you’ll learn practical leatherworking skills steeped in age-old traditions at our modern facilities near the beautiful coast and moorland of South Devon. Operating from the same building as Tanner Bates traditional English leather-making studio makes us one of the best resourced centres for learning leather work in the UK; our tutors are Tanner Bates professionals, along with skilled practitioners in different specialisms.

The Leather School® Mission

Whether you come for a short experiential course, or to learn essential leather-working practices, our aim is to inspire you to get hands-on with leather, enabling you to understand and use skills that you can continue to develop, either for the pleasure of learning a craft or in your professional life. More details… 

Who comes on our courses?

We have courses for beginners and crafters with some experience, starting with short classes and building up to essential skills weekends to get you established. Beyond this we are committed to supporting our students and experienced leather workers with advanced and specialist skills workshops. Leather School courses have been a choice for couples celebrating their third wedding anniversary, where leather is the traditional gift! We also run courses and events for groups and organisations. More details…

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Beautiful Oak Bark Tanned Leather
Heavy Harness Buckles in Solid Brass or Stainless Steel
Hand Stitched Keeper
Manually Hole Punched

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  •   I spent a hugely enjoyable and informative weekend on the Essential Skills weekend in June 2019, plus an extra "Makers Day" on the Monday to continue the project I'd started.... read more

  •   My wife bought me a leather making day as a present and it was just brilliant. The team are great at teaching and really encouraging. I only had one day... read more

  •   I've just completed the Essential Skills Weekend course at the Leather School, it was brilliant. I had no clue about working with leather before I arrived, didn't even know the... read more

    Julia R
  •   3 weeks after completing this course, my leather tote bag is doing well and still drawing gasps of admiration. The 2 days are intense and well structured which is what... read more

  •   These guys have so much passion it's infectious... if you're wanting to start a business or just a hobby the skills you learn from the course are immediately applicable... you'll... read more

  •   It’s not often that you get the privilege of witnessing old crafts still being practised by hand and even less often that you get a chance to learn some of... read more

  •   It’s not often that you get the privilege of witnessing old crafts still being practised by hand and even less often that you get a chance to learn some of... read more

  •   An full on weekend at the Leather School learning techniques for working with leather. Fantastic 2 days spent with the Leather School team including Berian and Giles, their enthusiasm is... read more

  •   This was without one of my top 10 favourite weekends in my life. I have no natural creative skills and yet I have come away with the confidence to continue... read more

    Amy H
  •   Our family of 5 did the day course here of making a leather satchel each. It was lovely for us to all come away from the day with things that... read more


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