Course tutor Paul Dore, of Paul Dore Leathercraft.
This is a great two day course learning about leather and how to work with it. The course and handout provide a sound basis to become an independent leatherworker. It is NOT a make a handbag in a day.
The following will be covered:
What leather is and how it performs,
The different types of leather and what they can be used for,
How to make patterns for sheaths, bags etc.
What tools you need and how they’re used,
Applying dyes and finishes,
Different types of fittings and how they’re used,
Tooling and stamping.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
Equipment and leather
Handout to take home
Plenty of drinks and cakes
Please bring packed lunch
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This was a fun 2 day course with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable tutor covering foundation skills for working with leather. Paul discussed different types of leather and how they are processed and different cuts and types of leather and how to select a suitable leather for your project. The different tools for working with leather, from basic to more advanced were explained. Pattern making, cutting, edging, stitching, riveting, dying, tooling and finishing were all covered with plenty of hands on practice of the techniques. An excellent introduction to leather working in a relaxed friendly group giving with plentiful supplies of tea and cake to keep us going. A good starting point for a new adventure.
Response from Beechwood Crafts:Thanks Alex
My partner and I did the course in early 2020, and as we're both into live action roleplay (LARP) we took the course thinking that it might be useful as we have leather bags and armour pieces. Happily we weren't disappointed with the course.
Paul's course teaches you the fundamentals that you'll need to get into leather crafting.
You won't learn everything, but what Paul does give you is the experiences that he's gained being bushcrafter, leatherworker and craftsman. He even gives a list of suppliers that he uses so you don't have to hunt everything down on the internet.
The other nice thing about the course is that you're not just writing things down or following a list of instructions. Paul introduces you to some of the tools that you'll use, basic tools such as knives and hammers and then traditional leather crafting tools such as leather punches, stitch groovers and edge bevellers, you'll learn how to saddle stitch and dye your leather.
We found it quite inspiring, and within a few weeks we'd took the plunge and started making bags, belts and leather armour pieces. If you have any interest in learning leather craft then I'd happily recommend it.
Response from Beechwood Crafts:Thanks Dave
As the description says, this is not a make a handbag in a day course.
The course covers the why's and wherefore's of the basics of leathercrafting. You learn what types of leather there are, what they are good for and (importantly) what they are NOT good for.
Paul takes you through the techniques used and provides excellent guidance as you try them out.
He draws heavily from his experiences as a self-taught craftsman. When he steers you away from doing something, you know it's because he's tried it and it all went wobbly!
He gives excellent advice on what tools and materials a beginner should start with and suggestions on where to buy them.
The course doesn't cover much in the way of tooling and embossing, and this is a good thing. There is only so much that can be fitted into 2 days and the students actually learn it. I am looking forward to a more advanced course where these subjects can be covered. (HINT)
Response from Beechwood Crafts:Thanks Rod,