An Introduction to Leather Work Weekend Course
Cost £280 to include materials. Suitable for beginners.
Please visit: https://www.craftcourses.com/courses/introduction-to-leather-craft
for more reviews and photos and further dates and availability.
Course Dates 2019 £280
12th Oct fully booked
16th Nov 2 places
Dec date to be confirmed
Course Dates 2020/21 £300
I am now taking bookings for 2020 courses. To cope with demand the course will run every weekend
from the beginning of October to the end of April. Max 3 per course.
This course will introduce students to the basic skills used in leather work. Students with little or no experience will be taught basic skills by making two small items in leather. The projects will cover skills such as cutting and stitching leather.
The course is designed to equip you with the basic skills necessary for you to continue developing the craft of leather work. It will be taught using a hands on approach with advice and guidance throughout using a variety of teaching methods including demonstration, instructions and one-to-one hands on guidance. You will be guided through the techniques used in making two simple projects, a belt and a small leather pouch that will be yours to keep.
Students will gain the following skills:
- Learn about different types of leathers and what uses they can be put to.
- Learn how to cut simple patterns.
- Learn about the basic hand tools used in leather work and what jobs they are used for
eg. Setting rivets and press studs, hole punching, edge finishing, strap cutting.- Learn how to fit a buckle.
- Learn to hand stitch leather with linen thread and 2 needles
- Learn to personalize or pattern leather by stamping
- Learn the techniques used in leather work.
Maximum of 3 students.
Book early to avoid disappointment.
Tea and coffee will be provided (please let me know if you require any alternative milk).
Accommodation is available at locations close to the venue see http://www.visitsomerset.co.uk/accommodation for more details.
All courses are held in my workshop at The Welshmill in Frome, Somerset, BA11 2LE
Students Comments: For more reviews visit https://www.craftcourses.com/courses/introduction-to-leather-craft
Bill is not only deeply knowledgeable (there must only be a handful of leather craftsmen in the UK with his depth of knowledge) but also a brilliant teacher. He can literally make anything from leather to the highest standard and is great at communicating / demonstrating processes. I don't think that you could find a better instructor if this is your field of interest. The course was interesting and fun, no going through notes. Bill teaches on an ad hoc basis in order to keep relevant to individual interest. I will be back to try to try and absorb more of his skill - sadly I acknowledge it would take years to learn his level of craftmanship, this coming from a fellow ex-Cordwainer! How I would love to learn everything he knows!!
“There’s nothing Bill doesn’t know or can’t teach you about leather and leather craft. I saw Bill’s beautiful workmanship on the web and decided he was the man to learn from. I’ve never been more right. Bill is not just a brilliant craftsman and expert in his field but a wonderful teacher with an eye for design. Passionate about his craft and teaching others I left this workshop with too many skills to apply, an appreciation for the craft and an appetite to learn more. Highly recommended for anyone who is interested to learn for fun or as an introduction to starting their own business (but remember it takes years to become a master like Bill). I could not have asked for a more enthusiastic or patient teacher. Sign up now or at the very least buy one of his beautifully crafted leather goods!"
'Bill has been giving me hand stitching lessons in leather and not a minute is wasted. He is a brilliant teacher. To a beginner like me Bill shows enormous patience and encouragement, covering every detail from pattern making right through to producing a professional looking product. I count myself lucky indeed that I found him and would recommend his teaching without hesitation. Bill knows his craft intimately and communicates his depth of knowledge clearly and freely'.
I never knew I could learn so much in one weekend! Bill has wealth of knowledge and clearly loves sharing it with others. The course was fast-moving and highly satisfying - I took pages of useful notes and have come away with the knowledge and confidence to continue. Everything was very well thought-out. We were given a list of suppliers, coupled with Bill's inside knowledge, to make it easy to source materials and tools to work and practice with in future. I can't recommend Bill enough.