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Two day -Fundamentals of leatherwork

leather bag and pattern

About the Course

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,
Edge finishing,
Tooling and stamping.

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What's included in the price?

Equipment and leather
Handout to take home
Plenty of drinks and cakes
Please bring packed lunch


Cath Snape at Beechwood Crafts
Beechwood House
Hull Road
Barmby Moor, York
East Riding of Yorkshire
YO42 4HR
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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners

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2 days (9:30am to 4:00pm)

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In-person course
- - #30635

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
It was good to see you on the course

In-person course
- - #30615

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Response from Beechwood Crafts:

Thanks Dave
It was good to have you on the course. I love seeing the great leatherwork you have done since
Best wishes

In-person course
- - #30608

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,
Once life has settled a little more, we will run the advanced course don't worry.
best wishes

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