This is a more complex course and a higher level of skill will be expected before undertaking this course.
You will need to be able to proficiently measure and cut leather along with having a reasonable command of the Saddle Stitch.
If you're making a box, you will learn how to measure and cut accurately, cut mitres to create a mite joint and of course, box stitch.
If you're making a tub, you will learn to measure and cut accurately, cut circles and learn to box stitch creating the ends of the tub.
One day will not be long enough to complete a full box or tub, but you will gain an understanding of the required skills.
However, if you have a project you would like to complete in total, click 'Chat with the Maker' and we can arrange a longer course to suit your needs.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All materials are provided during the course
All tools needed will be made available to achieve this.
A light lunch along with endless tea and coffee is also provided.
1 day (9:00am to 5:00pm)
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Having studied under several master saddlers over the years, a skilled craftsperson doesn't automatically translate to be a skilled teacher. Nigel is both a consummate craftsman and a generous and articulate teacher. His knowledge is extensive, from historical references to the relative merits of pricking irons - I can listen to him all day! I wish I could have spent longer at his well-equipped workshop as one day wasn't really enough. I would heartily recommend this course!
I have just finished my second training course with Nigel and once again I had a fantastic day! Before the course I was concerned that the combination of things I wanted to learn and ask advice on was a bit scattered but Nigel was quick to determine exactly what I was after and tie them seamlessly into a well-structured day-long lesson. Once again I was impressed with Nigel's patience, positivity and mastery of the craft. If you are looking to further your skills in leatherwork and pick up some new techniques then really is no substitute for training of this quality. I left the workshop with greater confidence and a new dimension and direction to my leatherwork.
Thank you Nigel - I'll be back for more!
Nigel's mastery of his craft, I would dare say, is second to none, and his passion for what does transfers to his instruction. In his classes, there are no questions left unanswered. If verbal explanation does not solve the issue, then he will take your spot and physically demonstrate what is to be done. What more can one ask for? The character of his personality is such that it allows him to teach with patience and without intimidation, and his sense of humor at times neutralizes those moments when one is letting their seriousness overtake them. If you want the " meat and bones" of leather work married to structure, a class with Nigel will be much to your appreciation.
I took this class with a group in Berkeley, CA.
This was my second course with Nigel, and it was another fantastic experience. Nigel is an excellent, engaging teacher with a wealth of knowledge and practical skills. The lessons were well designed, planned to build upon techniques, and to produce very creditable first forays in box stitching. I now have the confidence and techniques to continue honing my box making skill.
I highly recommend any and all of Nigel’s courses.
I highly recommend this course! Nigel's approach to teaching is thoughtful, focused and efficient. Improvements were made in every aspect of my leatherworking skills. I'll be taking another course with Nigel as soon as I can.
This was my second course with Nigel and they just get better and better. Tub making is notoriously difficult to master but with the tuition, enthusiasm and overview of Nigel, I am well on my way to producing a quality, professional tub. I can’t recommend Nigel’s Leatherworking courses enough, just starting out or been working with leather for a while, do yourself a favour and spend a day with the best
My leatherwork journey only started in the last year and most of my knowledge had been gained from Nigel’s excellent Youtube tutorials. So he was a natural choice for a one to one tuition.
I have almost exclusively have been using pricking irons, to the detriment of gaining awl skills. So I knew Nigel’s tub making course, requiring angling the awl to stitch the end pieces, was going to be ambitious and a challenge for my skill level!
The course was structured perfectly for my ability but the day turned out to be much more than a tub making course. Advice was given in a number of areas to improve my techniques and, casting an eye over my toolbox, improvements made to some of my tools.
I came away with confidence, inspiration and sufficient understanding to now spend time honing my tub making skills. Nigel’s an excellent, patient teacher and freely imparts his wealth of knowledge. A superb day. Thanks.