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Leatherwork weekend taster course

Duration: 2 full days 9.15am - 5.30pm

Price: £360

Contact: Gaynor Davies-Howell at GDH Leatherwork

The Old Chapel
SA66 7HX

Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

About the Course

This leatherwork weekend taster workshop is for those interested in learning the skills of a traditional leatherworker.

Perfect for beginners, the leatherwork ‘ Weekend Taster’ gives you the opportunity to try your hand at many of the essential leatherworkers’ tools while developing skills that are part of everyday tasks in the workshop – you will then have the opportunity to put those skills into practice by making one, or two small hand-stitched leather items to take home. You may choose to make a beginners project such as a leather belt, a phone slip, wallet or other item, with full support from workshop staff.

While you are here you can also try your hand at some of the following skills:

Hand cutting vegetable tanned leather and preparing for assembly
Hand-stitching in a traditional saddler’s clam
Professional edge finishing and polishing
Using leather dyes for edges and cover
Wet moulding leather for fun
Blind embossing and decoration
You will also learn interesting and essential facts and will develop other skills on the day which you can then practice at home. During the course each student can be assured of a spacious workspace and knowledgeable, professional tuition.

The course venue is set in a spacious 19th Century Welsh Chapel at the foot of the beautiful Preseli Mountains. Pembrokeshire Leatherwork is the perfect place to enjoy creative leatherwork tuition.

The peaceful atmosphere of the workshop encourages you to work at your own speed but there’s plenty of encouragement from staff to ensure that you have a wonderful experience of practicing this traditional skill.

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?

A predetermined quantity of leather and attachments allocated to each student is included in the course fee, although the cost of materials outside of this will be additional and is dependent on what the student chooses to make.

Spacious workspace, Use of professional toolkit, supplier list, tea, coffee and cakes :)

Not included: Lunch. Please bring a packed lunch

Want to review this course?

Fantastic weekend,

I spent the weekend making a small pouch and then additionally a small knife sheath. Gaynor was fantastic in her instruction and helped me with understanding what I could reasonably achieve within my time at the workshop. Since then I have become an armature leather worker and I still follow her advice every project.

- - #20638

Sorry for not responding earlier Gaynor, but I have been away.

I really enjoyed the course and in wonderful surroundings. The tutors were great and the other trainees were lovely.

With the help of the trainers I made a lovely bag which I will give to my mother for Mothers Day.

Many thanks - the weekend was excellent.

Best wishes


Peter Carr-Jones

- - #4306

We both thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, gained a good working knowledge of leatherwork, and would highly recommend Gaynor and her staff for their friendliness and professionalism.

- - #4135

I thoroughly enjoyed the course. They were really helpful. Would recommend it to anyone.

- - #1998

The course delivered exactly what I wanted and is a very good basis for starting out in leatherwork. Good content on tools, processes and practice.

- - #1783

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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Accommodation offered
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Events & groups
  • Intermediate level
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Weekends

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