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Leatherwork - An introduction - a key skills course.

Leatherwork - An introduction - a key skills course.

About the Course

An intensive one day immersion in theory and core/key skills - Available Via ZOOM

Compared with a group course or a themed single project course, this 1-2-1 Introduction to Leatherwork Course is far more focused, gives greater understanding and covers skills not possible in a group or when time is constrained to complete a particular single project.

I have run 2 day courses for many years but have increasingly found that additional days are best left for a while so that the key skills can be consolidated before moving on to say bag making or more complex projects.

This also reduces the initial expense to give you time to asses your desire to invest in the tools and materials to continue with the craft.

This course is designed to equip you with the key skills necessary to continue developing your craft at home and pushes you much further than you would imagine possible in 1 day.

After an hours introduction including leather types, their properties and uses, how to start off neat and basic principals etc It will be a hands-on to the projects with tools, advice and guidance introduced in small bites throughout the day.

We will be concentrating on the more crisp items of leather goods such as purses, card/ipad holders, cases, belts, sheaths, possibles pouches, tool guards, journal covers and simple bags rather than soft delicate items.
The following is an outline only – we will discuss your interests before the course and it will be tailor made to suit your needs.

There will be 30+ core processes taught including:-

The correct tool for each task and how to maintain them.
Laying out the stitch line and distance
Types, colours and size of threads
* Cutting out complex shapes/curves and edge bevelling.
* Skiving and Edge Burnishing
* Saddle Stitch sewing with linen or polyester thread and 2 needles
* Setting  Rivets and Fasteners
* Wet form moulding and creasing
Dyeing, finishing and polishing

You will complete three projects from a carefully developed range that incorporate the key skills, including: - a purse with press stud, credit card holder, a wet formed and dyed leather bowl, a bushcraft knife sheath (knife included), a chunky 1.5 inch jeans belt, a lurcher style dog collar or another project to suit your interests as long as I am sure the key skills will be included

The intention of these projects is not the end product, delightful as they are, but rather the 30 or so processes that you go through and probably practice a second time to reinforce the learning.

At the conclusion of this course I am confident you will be able to tackle most leather projects with confidence and with the assurance that I will support you by email whenever you need it.
At the end of the day, when you are travelling home with all of this new found knowledge I will email you back up information such as a suppliers and tools list to help you get started in this great craft.

If this is not quite what you are looking for - get in touch and we will design a bespoke course especially for you.

Comments on my teaching:-

“What a wonderful day, thank you so much. Darryl loves the belt, he’s really impressed, the poo bag holder is perfect and Noodle (her dog) looks so handsome in his perfectly fitted collar” Sara. 

“Thanks for a great course, you ran and organised  the whole thing brilliantly” Lou

“I just wanted to say thanks again for a brilliant course, it exceeded all of my expectations and more!” Jamie

“I thoroughly enjoyed the leatherworking course and would find it difficult to think of any ways to improve. There was just the right amount of skill tuition and the bite size approach seemed to work well. I have definitely been giving the whole experience a glowing report to friends and family. Such a tranquil place to learn new skills.” Jemma

“the course was well planned and the projects undertaken allowed us to gain a surprising number of skills and techniques in a very short time – all delivered with good-humoured patience by Rob.

“I’m keen to come back next month and learn more” Julia

”Well done, you have a real talent for teaching craft skills, quiet, gently and with authority and humour” Tim

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

We will start at 9.00 and work until 4-5 depending on where a natural break happens.

All materials are included.

I will provide teas and coffees - let me know if you have any special requirements, but do bring a packed lunch for which we will take a short break after project 2 (about 1pm)

Apart from a pen and paper you do not need to bring anything but don’t forget your glasses if needed for close work . However it would be useful if you brought any Leatherwork books and tools you have, any items you may want to make a case or cover for in the future (for advice and pattern making) and any sketches, photos, screen shots or mood boards for anything leather, that inspires you along with any leather you may have that you want advice about.

I look forward to meeting you and enjoying some quality learning and leatherwork fun.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email me.


Rob Exton at Greenwood & Leather Crafts
Digby Drive
GL20 8AJ
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- - #22145

Had a wonderful day with Rob learning a great deal about leather craft. Highly rewarding and thoroughly recommended.
I will be returning for another day’s tuition in more bespoke leatherwork such as bag handles. Thank you Rob, for such an inspiring day.

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- - #21785

I had a great day with Rob, we covered all the skills outlined and I would highly recommend to anyone interested in working with leather. I think one day is good to absorb everything and I am now fully tooled up (on Rob's tool list supplied) and practising at home. Once I am confident I will be returning for day two which will be working on a specific project.

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- - #19875

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- - #18786

Thoroughly enjoyed my two day course working alongside Rob, 1-2-1. He made leatherwork interesting, and accessible. Rob explained and demonstrated various techniques as I worked on four different projects over the two days, including my own choice of a tea cup holster. We did pattern making, wet moulding, saddle stitching and dying etc. Rob allowed my to use a variety of his tools, equipment and expertise to achieve some lovely work I am very proud of. He is very supportive and is always at hand for advice and encouragement since I did the course at the end of August.

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- - #18650

This was an excellent course, perfect for my needs. And Rob was a great tutor. I had decided that I wanted to learn about leather crafting, but with a view to applying it to my interest in Steampunk! Rob very kindly re-jigged the first and second days of the course to cover not only the essential skills he includes for everyone, but targeting those that I might need for my specific interest. He also identified a couple of projects that ticked both boxes. I left having made my moulded leaf bowl and knife sheath, but with a belt and moulded Nerf gun holster too! And as proof of his skills as a tutor, I've made more of the holsters since, both for myself and others.

I cannot recommend Rob enough.

Response from Greenwood & Leather Crafts:

Thank you for those kind words Malcolm - don't forget that your course includes 'life long' email support for any follow up questions you may have.

In-person course
- - #14350

I had a really enjoyable couple of days and am really looking forward to putting all of this into practice as soon as possible! I loved Rob's teaching style, patience and humour with just the right amount of friendly chiding thrown in for good measure! It was also really interesting to get to know some of the history of leather, as well as pointers to identify good quality leather from bad quality, or less good quality, leather - put to good use when I got home at the end of day 1! The balance of instruction and being allowed to get on with it, as well as the little searching questions that Rob occasionally asked were really stretching. I was astonished to accomplish everything that I did in two days. I particularly liked the 1:1 nature of the course as this meant that I could focus solely on what I wanted to learn, a bit selfish perhaps, but really very useful. It was great fun, inspirational, and totally engrossing too, the two days just flew by!

In-person course
- - #11937

I have no hesitation whatsoever in making a wholehearted recommendation for this course. Rob is an excellent and organised teacher, who covers grounds methodically and with a very logical development over the duration. I was able to hit the ground running as soon as I came home, and Rob's follow-up and advice since then have been invaluable. All in all, if you are looking to invest in your skills, this course will give you manifold return.

In-person course
- - #11925

I knew absolutely nothing about Leather crafting except that I had wanted to learn for over 20 years and had kept putting it off (marriage/kids/life .... you know how it is). I did a lot of research on the Internet as I really wanted a 1-2-1 course that was going to go at "my" novice speed, where the teacher put "ME" first and didn't rush me as I learnt a new skill at the age of 54.
Well I can say with a hand on my heart, Rob is a fantastic teacher who is wonderful to work with. Rob explains everything about leather and little tips as you progress and gain more confidence in yourself. Rob teaches at "your" pace and never rushes you. I learnt how to saddle stitch and make some beautiful items in just 2 days - and considering I knew nothing about Leather Crafting just 2 days before shows what a wonderful, inspirational teacher Rob is.

If you are thinking of learning a new skill or just interested in Leather Crafting you won't go wrong being taught by Rob.

Many thanks Rob

In-person course
- - #11921

A warm welcome on arrival from Rob such a lovely man and a wonderful teacher.
I really didn't know how much I would learn over the two days, don't worry Rob will send a full list of the two days you've covered to jog your memory as there is so much to take in. You're not just learning techniques you are taking full advantage of Robs knowledge of the industry .... i went along thinking i needed to know certain things as i had a machine but i found the hand stitching so amazing and relaxing thats what i will be working on.
Rob tailors your two days to what your interests are. It was worth every penny and truly inspirational.
Thanks Rob
Lisa Loveday

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- - #11917

Typical me! I just want to learn leather craft, why all the questions beforehand? Now I know... this course is excellent because it's tailored to the individual. It takes into account skills you already have or don't have. Rob certainly has the art of teaching off to a T, knows your abilities and doesn't abandon you after the course. When I have more experience, I shall go back for to learn more advanced skills. This will be the first time as other courses I have tried have left me feeling let down and a little cheated. The other reviews have said the rest!

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