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Continuous professional development for our tutors comes in different forms at Leather School. In the autumn we were very pleased to be visited by Hajime Niwa, a Japanese master leather craftsman (http://www.niwaleathers.com/) from Kashiwa, just outside Tokyo. Our tutors, including Berian and Will, took time away from their leather production work at Tanner Bates and learnt some new ways of working from Hajime. As well as trying different techniques we were impressed by the different tools that Hajime had brought with him. He told us that he uses ten identical knives that he spends up to an hour sharpening; he then uses each one until it starts to get blunt, moving onto the next until eventually he sharpens them all again. We were also delighted to find out that he runs small ongoing classes in leather making at the weekends.

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