As featured on Made in Great Britain on BBC2, learn traditional leatherwork skills at Diamond Awl Workshop.
Our one day leather course focuses on making premium small leather goods, such as wallets, notebook holders, card holders and passport holders. The course is designed to teach you all the core basics of traditional leatherwork, including marking and cutting out leather, preparing the leather for hand stitching, saddle stitching by hand, skiving, bevelling and burnishing.
At the end of the day you will have made your very own small leather good by hand, from start to finish, using high quality vegetable tanned leather. No prior experience of leatherwork is necessary.
Our leather courses take place in an authentic leather workshop, which provides a relaxed, inspiring and friendly learning environment and we keep our course numbers small to ensure each of you receives the individual attention needed.
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?
Our courses have no hidden extras. The course fee includes leather, tools, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.
Free parking is available and full directions will be provided at the time of booking.
Please arrive 15 minutes before start time.
Jason Stocks-Young at Diamond Awl Leather Workshop
Woodend Mill Manchester Road Mossley, Manchester Lancashire OL5 9RR
A big thank you to Jason and Louise for a fantastic two day leather bag course. The course was a Christmas present from my husband. I had never done any leather bag making before and I found the course brilliant and I got to take away with me a beautiful leather bag which I will treasure. Jason has so much knowledge and experience and made the experience both fun and rewarding. He is very inspirational when he talks about his journey to starting his business. The atmosphere in the workshop was very relaxed and the music was fab. Lunch provided was superb too. Jason and Louise were so patient and helpful and nothing was too much trouble. I can’t recommend this course enough and I hope to come back and do another course soon. Please please think about doing a course to make a clutch bag!
I had a fantastic three days being taught by Jason in his incredible workshop. He is a great teacher: knowledgeable, patient and encouraging - and a pleasure to spend time with. Going from having no idea to walking out with a backpack made with my own hands felt like it could be a challenge, but Jason guides you patiently through the process, builds your confidence and then allows you to work alone, but there whenever you need him. He's generous with his knowledge (and tea and biscuits) and enthusiastic about his trade. The end result was a beautiful piece of leathercraft of which I am very proud, and it's thanks to Jason that I am now raring to go solo on projects of my own. This review wouldn't be complete without mentioning Jason's workshop. It's in an old cotton mill, and is an inspiring place in which to work, surrounded by great tools, made pieces, vintage gear and curios, in a warm, well-equipped space. You feel like a craftsperson the moment you put on your apron. He plays great music too. Just need to work out how I can get back there to continue the journey. Thanks Jason.
I have attended a few leatherwork courses over the past few years so am not a novice, but this course was by far the most intuitive and more importantly the most fun!! My intention is to start producing and selling leather goods through my clothing store and Jason was very supportive and eager to hear all of my plans. He was very quick to offer lots of advice and recommendations tailored to my needs. I did not expect that as my previous experience is that Leatherwork instructors are very reserved and guarded of any possible competition.
I would recommend this course for novice and experienced leatherworkers alike. The best bit is I managed to produce a stunning satchel within the limited time we had available but still learnt an incredible amount. Thanks Jason I most definitely intend to attend more of your courses. Best, Julian
Oh what a fabulous day. I learned so much and produced a really high quality, professional looking item in just one day. Jason explained everything really clearly and was very patient. I am definitely going to book the two day course next. It was really worthwhile to learn this new skill and it’s associated techniques. Thank you so much. See you again soon. Michelle
Excellent couple of days on this course. Jason is passionate about his subject and engaging and patient in his teaching. Beautiful workshop with a chilled peaceful atmosphere. Plus I came away with a very smart bag about which I can proudly say "I made this!".
Jason is a fantastic instructor - both knowledgeable and passionate about his craft. As well as having a fun day, my wife and I left really feeling like leatherworking was a hobby we would be keen to keep learning together. We'll definitely be back next year for the 2 day course.
First of all I would like to say a big thank you to you both for making my recent attendance at one of your Saturday one day workshops really enjoyable. Not only did I learn some new skills which I hope to put into practice again soon but I had a lovely day with you and the other course attendees.
An amazing course from start to finish!
Jason and Louise gave a friendly, warm welcome and the course was with great company! Each element of the learning was discussed and shown in great detail and all questions answered (lots of them!) I cannot recommend this course enough!
This course has exceeded (already high) expectations and more! Thank you so much Jason & Louise I have had the best 2 days!
Thank you to Jason for sharing your knowledge and skills so generously. The 2 day course was fabulous...the long days show how immersed we were in learning! A special thank you to Louise for all the encouragement. I thoroughly recommend this course, even for beginners like me - my bag has had so many compliments already. Lovely location, caring tutors, great company.
What a great weekend - lovely company, very easy going trainers who made the learning of new techniques and tools interesting and easy to follow (tho skills I’ll definitely I need to practice more) Thank-you Jason and Louise for such a warm welcome, all the positive support and information - very proud of my first leather bag - will be keeping in touch. Highly recommend doing this - just for fun or to develop your future business.
Attended the 2 day bag making course. Jason shares his knowledge and enthusiasm of his craft. This course has given me the beginings of a new skill for me to develop.
Thanks to Jason and his wife Louise for looking after the participants on the course and helping us produce such beautiful bags.
I got a huge amount from this one day course. As a complete beginner I wanted an introduction and this was an excellent one. Jason’s teaching style is relaxed but the course cleverly structured to lead you through types of leather, tool use, skills and techniques in a progressive way, meaning that you build your knowledge as you go. Jason also took time to help me think through approaches to my work (I’m a basketmaker) and how leather could be used to enhance what I make. A great day, and a pleasure to be with Jason in his fabulous workspace.
Fantastic course, well organised, friendly, well run and well-fed! Great equipment and I ended up with a wallet that I would have paid proper money for.
I can't recommend this course highly enough. If you want to see what leather crafting is about then don't hesitate, sign up, turn up, turn your phone off and have a really enjoyable day.
They followed up with a very helpful email to assist in taking things forward.
I will defo attend another day.
I would thoroughly recommend this course. Jason is passionate about leather and is an excellent teacher. He is very patient and with his guidance and help I went home with a very special bespoke leather bag. Everything is to hand in the quirky workshop in an old mill overlooking the canal.
I recently did the two day course, what an amazing experience. I wanted to do something completely different to my day job, i wanted to do something creative and challenging, this course gave me everything I wanted and so much more.
On the first day we were introduced to all the tools we were going to use and the beautiful leather, I remember thinking "can I really do this?". With the guidance and support of the very patient and encouraging Jason and Louise I made the most gorgeous bag that I will treasure always. Thank you both so so much for a fantastic weekend.
I attended the two day workshop, with no prior experience of leather work and it was truly amazing. Jason is completely passionate about leather and has a relaxed, comfortable approach to imparting his knowledge and skills. I made a wonderful bespoke bag which I will treasure for years. I would recommend this course for anyone who wants to experience working with leather - it’s a totally enjoyable and rewarding experience - thanks Jason.
What a amazing unforgettable experience, Jason and Louise are good teachers. It's only a 2 day course but it felt like I knew them for a long time. Both are very patient, kind, very professional and inspirational! Amazing couple! They imparted a wealth of information regarding leather work, leather, tools and techniques, combined with the opportunity to put some of it into practice.
Thanks so much guys for a fun, learning-full and memorable weekend. I think even better than I expected: chilled but as much tutoring as desired, friendly welcoming atmosphere, a desire to teach a skill that the tutors obviously enjoy. It was an especially nice surprise to find that a fully-booked course is still just a small number of people so there was never a time when I needed to wait for help. I definitely recommend!
This is a FANTASTIC course! Jason is a highly talented leather craftsman and exceptionally patient teacher. His passion for his craft is infectious and he has created a genuinely ‘hands on’ course. Over 2 days I produced a really ‘professionally’ crafted bag that has already received several compliments! Jason has inspired me to continue my leather work as a rewarding new hobby!
I did the two day course and what a fantastic two days it was. Jason and Louise made us feel really welcome and as a complete beginner I was totally amazed at the end result. It was a great mindfulness experience as you do need to concentrate and be in the moment. With Jason's infectious enthusiasm and the cool beach club/smooth jazz type music filling the room, the days flew by. I would quite happily do it all over again.
Jason and Louise were fantastic teachers and the course was absolutely brilliant. So much fun and exciting to see your own work coming together. What was great about this course was they would give you as much or as little help as you wished. Some courses can end up doing half the work for you, here they completely pass on the tools to you. I loved it and will definitely do another course with them.
One of the best workshops we've attended. Jason taught us so much, he generously shared his vast knowledge of leather, tools, skills and life stories with us! We thoroughly enjoyed the whole day! thank you, and we can't wait to put what we learnt into practice! Highly recommended!
The one day course was well paced and thoroughly enjoyable. Jason teaches as the day progresses so it was hands on from the start. He showed us many techniques and we still had plenty of time to finish our passport cases, which we were delighted with.
Thank you for a very interesting day in a great setting. The course provided an excellent introduction to the different types of leather and variety of tools. Best of all we came away with handmade coin and card holders which we made ourselves!
This is definitely one of the best 1day courses I have attended! It was fun and informative and in a great setting too. The group was small, so there was plenty of time for everyone to practise their skills with guidance from Jason. We all left with lovely handmade leather goods we had made ourselves. Thanks Jason!
A great course with a extremely knowledgeable and very enthusiastic tutor. I have never done anything like this before, but came away wanting to do more. I learnt so much, all in a single day. I would recommend this course to anyone, from those who have dabbled, to total novice. The craft is very therapeutic and the end result was a pleasant surprise.
Jason and Louise have managed to ignite an interest in pursuing a hobby, very unusual for me and testament to the quality of this two day course where a complete novice with no crafty bones can create a bag from scratch. Fully emersive, hands on and thoroughly enjoyable weekend. Thank you for opening my eyes and showing us the ropes
E X C E L L E N T !!! I was there for 4 days and I had an amazing time. Far above the expectation. I left with 3 beautiful leather items and plenty of knowledges about leathers, tools, techniques, ... From the first moment you can realize how passionated is Jason about his job and how much he enjoys sharing his knowledge. He was really patient and helpful, and he even answered me a thousand questions I had. It's a hands-on workshop where you get to learn and to do the entire process by yourself, with Jason's help. I don't like courses where you only sit and watch, definitely Jason's course is far from that.
I really enjoy it and I would highly recommend it without hesitation to anyone who is interested in leather and handcrafts.
This has to be one of the best short courses I've had the pleasure of attending set in a beautiful old mill, a wonderful creative space.
Due to the small group it was in effect, one to one tuition.
Both Jason and Louise are knowledgeable and passionate about their craft. It was a treat to be taught by such positive, patient people who are genuinely enthusiastic about sharing their skills.
Thank you so much for a great two days, I'll definitely return.
An absolute dream of a course. Just enough over two days to turn out a finished bag. Never overwhelming, always informative and clear. Guides you on the road to wanting to take things further. Jason is patient and very clear on all instructions. I fully intend to persue leather work and Jason is always there for contact and advice. I would even go back on an additional course for furthering my dream to work leather.
Great mix of knowledge and hands on skills, the day flew by!
Jason and Louise are so passionate and helpful.
We left the day with an awesome item we made ourselves and the confidence to consider trying our hand at leather working at home.
Best craft course I’ve attended!
Top notch. We came for the one day course a couple of months ago as an anniversary gift for my wife. After a warm welcome from Jason we learnt a lot about types of leather and dye, tools and techniques for working with leather. The hands on aspect was great, and we came away with fantastic items we will get lots of use from. Overall, it was a brilliant day, and we look forward to coming back for the two day course sometime.
Really enjoyed this course. I found Jason enthusiastic & encouraging. It is a great studio with a very friendly & relaxed atmosphere.
I'm now inspired to have a go at home, even after just one day!
I've been looking to do a leather course for a while - glad I choose this one
Hi Jason. I cannot fault the course in any way. The setting is wonderful and the work space quirky yet entirely functional for its purpose. As a complete novice to be able to make a lovely piece of hand crafted leather in a day was amazing! The different techniques used helped me to develop my skills In a very practical way. The course runs at a relaxed yet purposeful way and your input from start to finish was presented in a friendly yet knowledgeable way. You can't help but come away feeling you have learnt and achieved so much. Thanks for a great experience.
The course was excellent. My son and I could both follow the instructions given to produce something to be proud of. We liked knowing we were using leather that minimised environmental impacts. Both of us want to attend another of Jason's courses soon. Jason's studio was a great space to have a go at something new. Later on in the day, Jason's wife was a great asset keeping a patient eye on our efforts when we got stuck. And lunch was yummy!
if you are looking to learn how to make leather products this is the best course. Jason is a fantastic teacher and I was lucky enough to get one to one teaching.
Jason's workshop is amazing and the perfect place to learn new skills. I will definitely be booking for the two day course in the near future.
I was lucky enough for there to be only two of us in the course that day, which meant I could ask as many questions as I needed to as we went along. Jason was fantastic teacher and really understood what I wanted to get out of my one-day course. He was easy to talk to and made a super-comfortable atmosphere for us to work in. The lunch was delicious and what an amazing building to be in!
I have worked with leather for 9 years now, although not made items myself, but still learnt a huge amount whilst picking Jason's brain. I would recommend the course a million times over to anyone who enjoys working with their hands and learning skills - and it's so reasonably priced.
Massively inspired and ordered a load of tools to continue with my leatherwork in my studio. I'm desperate to go up again and do the two-day course, which will probably be pretty soon!
I have had a wonderful time on Jason's leather work course this weekend. The workshop is a little tricky to find, in a large mill building, but I joined 3 other people (who were doing the 2 day course) and received a friendly welcome. Jason is a great teacher, patient and good humoured, despite our many questions. I made a notebook cover, with a leather strap to fix. One day isn't long to cover all that many aspects of leather work but I felt I received a great grounding in the basics. We had an excellent lunch from a café in the building (I had a halloumi salad). Jason is happy to pass on his tips to encourage students to continue with leather work, for example, advising on what tools they might need and how to buy leather from local suppliers. I found the day really enjoyable, time flew and I enjoyed chatting with the other students. I am very keen to attend another course and would definitely recommend Jason as a teacher.
Awesome Course. Thoroughly enjoyable, Jason and his wife were great teachers. I came away with a whole new appreciation of the amount of skill involved involved in leather making and the skills to start making my own leather goods. A great day and I would definitely recommend it.
My daughter and I flew in from Italy for Jason's 1-day leather course and it was 100% worth the 1700km journey. Jason is a relaxed and skilled teacher who has a way of teaching you how to work with leather in such a fun and detailed manner. The day flew by and we left feeling like we are really learned the essential skills needed to work with leather. We'll definitely come back in the future to attend the 2-day course. Thanks for a great workshop Jason!
Brilliant, enjoyed every minute of it. I do a lot of craft work, sewing, upholstery and my hands are screwed on the right way round, but never worked in leather . Learnt such a lot. Jason was very good at explaining, easy pace but lots of information. It was a very intense 2 day course and I have come back home to denmark and started on small leather goods straight away. My friend (from UK) and I had a great girlfriend weekend. We stayed in a local airbnb and walked to and from the mill (12min) every day along the scenic canal path. Local cosy wine bar was a must on the way home too. We will definately be back to do another course at some time. Our bags are great and we have learnt new skills, met new people and had a great weekend together. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Loved loved every minute of being in the studio! I have learnt new techniques and skills with uncle Jason that I want to keep on improving and with his patience and great teaching skills, I have handmade items that I am really proud of. I can't wait to be in the studio again :)
Can't recommend this course enough. Jason taught with enthusiasm and it was evident to me that he wanted each of his students to leave his unique studio having made quality leather products to the highest standard.
Great experience, many thanks Jason.
My Husband booked this course for our third wedding anniversary (leather). Jason was very accommodating and managed to fit us in for a one day course at very short notice. When we got there we were made to feel very welcome, Jason is a breath of fresh air, he is so passionate about what he does and his energy and enthusiasm is contagious. It was really fun learning about all the tools and processes used in making leather goods. I made my husband a card holder and he made a make up bag for me. We highly recommend the course for anyone who fancies making things out of leather or who just wants a fun day out.
I wanted to learn some quality leather craft techniques, and I did just that. Jason taught me how to design and make from scratch a quality key holder and credit card holder. I learnt saddle stitch, dyeing,rivet setting, burnishing and all the skills to make these quality items a truly worthwhile day.
Don't hesitate, book yours today.
This course was really brilliant! Jason is a very patient teacher! He will teach you all the skills that you need to make a notebook holder in 1 day and a lovely bag in 2 days! People keep asking me where I bought my new leather bag ☺.
It’s a nice place to be and to be. Highly recommended if you want to learn working with leather. Thanks a lot Jason and Louise!
I booked on to the one-day course and made a fabulous notebook holder. Jason was so knowledgeable and gave us lots of his tips and tricks to enable everyone in the group to take these away and practise at home. I've now bought the tools to make up my own leather tool kit.
Everyone in the group had an amazing day.....Lunch at the café was delicious and the endless cups of tea and coffee were fantastic......just what we all needed as we didn't stop nattering!
I'd highly recommend this course to anyone. A huge thank you Jason and Louise for a truly enjoyable day.
What a brilliant course!!
My husband bought me the two day course as a very inspired Christmas present even though I had never done any leather work before. I'd tried all sorts of different crafts from upholstery to rush weaving but the two days spent with Jason in his workshop was inspirational. He has such enthusiasm and a real love of his craft which is very infectious. He is happy to share his knowledge and teach the skills required to make a truly amazing bag you can't believe you actually made yourself! Jason is very patient and his studio has a very relaxed atmosphere with great views over the hills.
A hugely enjoyable and therapeutic two days well spent..... I shall be back for more!
This course may have changed my life!!
I've been using leather to make pieces for a while now, but I never learnt about the proper techniques and tools... I learnt SO much in one day. It was exactly what I was looking for and more!!!
What a good day. Jason is a really ace guy with a talent for teaching and a passion for doing so. I've been wanting to get started with leatherwork for ages and Jason's one-day course taught me more than I could have hoped for.
very enjoyable craft course, learnt how to make simple leather goods and gain lots of useful knowledge for leather and the crafting procedures in one day. Would like to join other course too. Highly recommended!
This is a fantastic introduction to leather. Jason is a brilliant teacher who puts his learners at ease and gives you all the support you need to produce your first pieces. I left the course having completed two items and feeling inspired to take my skills to the next level. The workshop is beautifully curated to provide an inspiring environment in which to work and learn. There's a delicious lunch waiting for you at the flying teapot too :) A fantastic, memorable day and great value for money.
Many thanks for a wonderful day Jason.
Your workshop day is a fantastic experience for anyone who wants to learn to work with leather.
I was completely inexperienced and by the end of the day, with thanks to Jason's encouragement and patience I managed to produce a lovely finished item of which I am very proud.
Thanks again Jason for all your help. Hope to be back in the future for the 2 day workshop.
I was a complete beginner going to the course and it was fantastic, I will be recommending it to everyone. Jason's passion and enthusiasm is infectious and he gave extremely honest and helpful advice and tips (including where to source tools / leather).
The studio is great and there's a really relaxed atmosphere, Jason was a brilliant teacher and was happy to answer all the questions we had, he was open with how he went about his business and got started which was very encouraging.
if you're looking for a course for yourself or a present for someone, book this!
The one day course I did was simply fantastic! Highly professionally taught and I was amazed at how much I learnt in such a short time. I walked away with a beautiful notebook cover which has become one of my prized possessions. I can't believe I made it myself - with a little help ; )
The course was absolutely brilliant, it made what was already a growing interest in leather work even greater! I can't wait to apply the skills I learned during the day the stuff I make. Jason was an absolute gentleman, patient, insightful, massively enthusiastic and super talented at what he does.
This is an brilliant course!
Jason is enthusiastic and knowledgeable and has an inspiring studio in which the course takes place. The course offers an excellent balance of instruction, demonstration and time to put this into operation which means that the finished product is something to be proud of.
The range of suggested artefacts to be made allows for a wide range of skills to be explored and executed and to be applied in further projects.
Jason was open to my ideas for a personal project and this fitted in well to another day course and there will be more.
Certainly money well spent!!
This has to be the best course that I have been on!
The amount of information and skills that I learnt in one day was brilliant. From the tanning process, to types of leather, tools, planning and techniques, to making my very own unique item which I am very proud of!
All thanks to Jason, who is a fantastic teacher, very patient, gives you all the confidence you need to succeed and was open to my ideas :-) and what a wonderful relaxed space to work in, I can't wait to go back and learn some more. Thank you Jason.
"Having recently attended the weekend 'Messenger bag' course I left feeling really inspired to do more leather work. The course was great; David and Jason were very patient, quality tools and materials were used, it was a small group so a nice pace and a relaxed easy going atmosphere. I would recommend this course to anyone who fancies a new challenge or hobby. Thank you Jason and David. I love my new bag and look forward to developing my skills at home ....plasters at the ready!"
"Thanks so much for your fantastic course. Teaching was very patient and inspirational, and together with fabulous hospitality and a relaxed atmosphere, it really was a first class course. I woke up on Monday morning feeling genuinely sorry that I wouldn't be spending the day working with leather in your wonderful workshop. I can't wait to apply my newly learned skills and get started on another project"
Many many thanks for a fabulous experience. Great weekend, still smiling and haven't taken my bag off yet. Cannot fault the course: Venue, tuition, catering, atmosphere, pace and structure all spot on.
Thanks to you both for an amazing time over the last two days. I learnt so much about your craft and also even more about myself. Life changing might sound a bit strong, but yes I do think that those two days, the beautiful messenger bag you helped me make, and those skills are something that will remain with me.
"A truly unforgettable day with Jason in his wonderful workshop. Myself and my family learn't everything we could ever wish to know about leather, tooling, dying and stitching in what was a day that flew by as we were having so much fun.
The knowledge, patience and enthusiasm from Jason was inspiring and we'll definitely be going back."
The course was great, I had played around with leatherwork before, but wanted to learn how to do it properly. I certainly learned that’d was really impressed with the professional way in which the skills were taught.