Leather Working Course



Ran from our indoor workshop in Westwell, Kent, we’ve put this one day leather working course together for anyone with an interest in leather, craft, or who simply wants to explore another avenue of bushcraft.

You don’t need any previous experience with leather working as you will learn the core skills and techniques on the course. It’s a perfect introduction to making traditional leather items.

So if you’re looking for an unforgettable day, join our experienced craftsman, Paul Bradley, in a leather working day that focuses on leather work tools, design and construction.

We have designed this course around the making of a simple notebook holder. We have chosen this as a project as it covers all the basic skills required to produce almost any small leather goods. There is also large scope for customisation of your project.

Along the way you will learn about different leathers, techniques and tools.

Typically, you will, under the expert guidance and instruction of Paul Bradley:

- Use the provided pattern to produce a leather cover for a standard 5.5 x 3.5 notebook
- Be guided on how to design and draw out and customise a pattern
- Learn all about the different tools used in leather working and how to use them
- Learn how to cut out, assemble and mark for stitching
- Learn and practice the techniques of the traditional saddle stitch to complete the assembly of your notebook
- Learn how to finish your project with edge burnishing techniques and other small but important details that add to the overall professional look.

A really great chance to begin a lifetime of making beautiful things!

About us and the venue:

Jack Raven Bushcraft was founded in 2011 and we've been delivering bushcraft, craft and foraging courses since then from our 30 acre private ancient woodland on the Kent Downs in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Courses in the summer are held outdoors in our woodland camp complete with covered work areas, an outdoor kitchen and a composting loo. Courses in the winter are held in our workshop in a converted barn.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All tools, equipment and materials are provided, as well as a free notebook to take away with you, but please note, there’ll be a small charge for the leather that you use.

Tea and coffee provided.


Gary Johnston at Jack Raven Bushcraft

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The Cowshed
Readers Bridge Road
TN30 6TH

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


1 day (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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