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Moulded leather rucksack


About the Course

A rare opportunity to learn how to wet-mould vegetable tanned leather and create a bespoke moulded leather bag or rucksack. This three day intermediate level and exploratory course is equally suitable for men or women and teaches the basic skills required to create moulded leather goods. This is a very practical, hands-on course focusing on wet-moulding and hand stitching vegetable tanned leather. During the course you will make two hand-made moulded products; the first will be a small item to help build your skills and confidence, while the second will be a leather bag or rucksack made using a pre-prepared pattern. During the three days you will be offered plenty of support and encouragement to help you learn and master this fascinating process.

Our Moulded Leather Bag or Rucksack course is held in a beautiful 19th Century Welsh chapel at the foot of the Preseli Mountains in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.

(Please note, we can only offer 5 places on this course. You can book as an individual or group. This course is taught at intermediate level so is suitable for those who have had previous experience of traditional leatherwork. Please contact us for suitability and more information if you'd like to attend as a beginner.

To ensure each student has sufficient tuition the course has two tutors and a maximum of 5 student places available.

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?

Everything! There are no hidden extras! All leather and attachments required to make your moulded leather bag or rucksack sleeve are included in the course fee.
A spacious workspace is allocated to each student and tools, tea, coffee and afternoon cakes are provided too so all you’ll need to bring along is yourself and a packed lunch.
Three full days of professional leatherwork tuition with course notes and plenty of help and advice in sourcing leather and materials so you can continue leatherwork at home.


Gaynor Davies-Howell at GDH Leatherwork
The Old Chapel
SA66 7HX
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  • Accommodation offered
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fathers Day
  • Intermediate level
  • Mothers Day
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers

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- - #4631

What an amazing course, spent three whole days make a beautiful two tone leather rucksack bag (green and tan) an amazing three days, very informative and very interesting information, I will be coming back in the future.

Lovely tutor

Thanks Gaynor, Elizabeth and Sian for a lovely three day course

In-person course
- - #2242

What a wonderful course! In three days we learnt how to mould wet leather into a clamp mould...very scary! .....and on to make the finished moulds into two finished bags. As always the tuition was excellent, clear, informative, and with each person going at their own pace.
Gaynor and Enya were, as always, patient and happy to answer any questions giving us all lots of confidence in our ability.
We left with lots of information and the skill to make another bag on our own.
All this as well as a lovely gang of other students made for a fun three days
Cant wait to return for the five day course in the Autumn
With Fond Regards
Ali and Sorrel....or Laurel !

In-person course
- - #2210

Very welcoming before we began.
Lots of help and guidance throughout the course without being condescending.
The aim for those running the course seemed to be to ensure we learnt a lot of skills, picked up lots of hints and tips so that we could carry on to make bags when we got home and to have good fun whilst doing it. Most of all they seemed to want to make sure we went home with the best possible bag we could make.
A lovely hard working team. Brilliant.

In-person course
- - #2197

A brilliant course. We used techniques which we'd learned on other courses, the bag making course in my case, and over three days created a beautiful moulded leather backpack. Gaynor and Enya were very good tutors, and Elizabeth was very helpful.

It was great fun as well, with a terrific group of people.

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