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Leather craft for beginners and improvers

Option one to make a small wallet with card holder. Lovely small wallets beautifully made by people on course.

Duration: One day

Price: £140

Book with: Slim Ross
at Ross Leather and Wood

26 Liberty Road
South Yorkshire
S6 5PT

Course Start Dates

Sunday 2nd February 2020
Thursday 6th February 2020
Friday 7th February 2020
Sunday 8th March 2020
Thursday 12th March 2020
Friday 13th March 2020
Sunday 5th April 2020
Thursday 9th April 2020
Friday 10th April 2020
Sunday 3rd May 2020
Thursday 7th May 2020
Friday 8th May 2020

About the Course

This course is suitable for beginners or those wishing to improve their leather craft skills.There is a choice of a card wallet or passport cover to make and a range of beautiful coloured dye to add to your vegetable tanned, full grain leather.

You will learn how to:
Cut leather from a pattern
Prepare for stitching
Hand sew leather using saddle stitch
Set rivets
Use leather dye
Use a variety of traditional leatherwork tools

This is an intensive one day course, and it is a great introduction to working and sewing with leather. At the end of the day, you will have gained so many new skills and you will have made yourself a beautiful new leather case.

The courses run from 9.00am to 5.00pm including a 30 minute break for lunch. We keep numbers down to 5 people to ensure one to one attension.

By the end of the course, you will have the knowledge to make your own simple leather creations or repair an item that needs a little TLC.

Starter kits are available to buy at the end of the day if you'd like to practice your new found skill.

Simply message Slim to reserve your space.

Slim Ross has been a leatherworker for over 30 years and began in his bach on New Zealand's West Coast. He uses traditional methods along with his own unique flare to create high quality, durable pieces.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All materials and tools along with tea and coffee and biscuits.

Want to review this course?

This was an excellent course! As a beginner Slim gave an informative and very interesting introduction to this craft, the making of a small-change purse put everything into context and made the day really enjoyable. Slim was only too willing to help sort out tangles, knots and all manner of problems, including poor lost souls who got lost in Sheffield, thanks for a great day.

- - #27177

Response from Ross Leather and Wood:

Hi Colin thanks so much for your lovely comments.
I'm very happy you enjoyed the course. It was a pleasure working with you and hope to see you again sometime.

I had a day with Slim learning the art of working with leather and am hooked. What a day, really enjoyed it and was so proud of what I produced. I made a wallet and am using it with pride. It is hand made and unique. I really recommend anyone interested in learning to go and have a try.

- - #25980

Response from Ross Leather and Wood:

Hi Ian thanks so much for your lovely comments. It was a pleasure working with you. You did an amazing job.Hope to see you again sometime. All the best Slim.

Brilliant course, Slim is an excellent teacher. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn more about the craft

- - #25905

Had an amazing time in this course. The whole environment was relaxing and Slim was a cool host and teacher and i got to make my first leather item. Which is really cool.

- - #25218

Response from Ross Leather and Wood:

Hi Thunayan
Thank you for your lovely review, it was a pleasure working with you. I look forward to seeing you in the future.

Best Wishes

I met Slim's wife at first arrival and she was so welcoming, made me feel welcome and at home. Thanks Mr Slim, the course was hard but thanks to your support and attentiveness, I was able to craft a beautiful sunglasses case.
I look forward to working with you again!

Kind regards,


- - #25168

Response from Ross Leather and Wood:

Hi Irene

Thanks for your lovely review, I really enjoyed working with you. I look forward to seeing you again soon.

All the best

What an excellent course. Everything is provided and I walked away with my own, handmade passport case (to be cherished.)
Slim makes the work enjoyable and has so much patience (he needed it with me!)
Coffee and biscuits were good too
Thanks Slim......

- - #25164

Response from Ross Leather and Wood:

Thanks Pete for you lovely comments. It was a pleasure working with you. You did an excellent job. Looking forward to working with you again soon. All the best Slim.

Can’t recommend this course highly enough - such an interesting & fabulous day. Made my gorgeous green spectacle case from scratch (apart from actually breeding the cow that the leather came from & making the leather). Cut the pattern & pieces for decoration, dyed it, made every hole for every stitch, sealed it etc.
A very packed day of superb instruction by Slim & took intense concentration to get it right. Absolutely loved it. I would happily repeat it for the pleasure of creating again ❤️❤️ xxx
** I was going to give it as a present but after all the effort I put in ..... I want to frame it!!! Pardon the pun!

- - #22688

A warm welcome kicked off a great day. I walked in not knowing one end of a cow from another and left inspired to make a set of Louis Vuitton luggage. A very rewarding course covering a lot of hands on stuff. Slim is a brill teacher, no pressure, takes you through everything methodically at your own pace all coaxed along with plenty of tea and biscuits and a beautiful lunch. A very hospitable host.

Thanks again Slim for an extremely enjoyable and productive day.

- - #21431

What a brilliant craftsman!! Most enjoyable Workshop. Would highly recommend to anyone. Hoping to book on to another course soon with my son.
Thanks slim

- - #21046

Response from Ross Leather and Wood:

Thanks Steve, you did brilliantly and it was fantastic working with you.

Brilliant course! We did this as a couple to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary (leather!) and had the best time making passport holders for each other.
Slim was a fantastic teacher who provided the perfect level of guidance and support ensuring we had fun and were able to complete the project for ourselves. A wonderful home made lunch was included, along with all refreshments, and we got to spend the latter part of the afternoon stitching next to the fire pit which was really relaxing.
Absolutely in love with our passport holders and the wonderful memories they will hold for us for years to come.
Thank you Slim!

- - #20660

Absolutely awesome day...
Had high expectations of the course, having seen the quality of Slim's leather work, and they were definitely met. The course was set out really well, with good explanations, and constant support from Slim.
Don't think I could be any happier, I have learnt a new skill and have a wallet that will last a lifetime.
The value is great and the lunch provided was well above standard.

- - #20023

Fantastic course!
Spent an amazing day making a wonderful card wallet. Very intensive day, but Slim was behind us every single step. A very supportive teacher.
Family friendly and relaxing setting. We were fully looked after, from coffee in the morning to a delicious stew for lunch.
Excellent value for money.
If you are doing one course this year, make sure it's with Slim!

- - #20020

Slim was incredibly knowledgeable about leather work and such a relaxed and calm teacher. Thanks Slim, we'll definitely be back.

- - #19810

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