As featured on Made in Great Britain on BBC2, learn traditional leatherwork skills at Diamond Awl Workshop.
On our two day leather bag making course you will have the choice of making either a messenger bag, tote bag or postal bag. No prior leatherwork experience is needed as you will learn all the core leatherwork skills plus additional techniques that are relevant to the more complex process of leather bag making.
You will leave the course having made your very own bag using high quality vegetable tanned leather and metal fixings, made by hand from start to finish.
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.
Free parking is available and full directions will be provided at the time of booking.
Please arrive 15 minutes before start time.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
Our courses have no hidden extras. The course fee includes leather, tools, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.
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What a great course so much fun and so much learnt in two days. A bag made and taken home what great value. Jason is a kind and supportive teacher. Throughly recommended.
fantastic day still cant believe i managed to make what i did.
This is a really enjoyable course! Had a great day and Jason provided a really nice environment to learn in. Can’t believe how he managed to get us from little to no knowledge to making something great! Highly recommend!
Response from Diamond Awl Leather Workshop:Hi Cole
A really enjoyable and interesting course! Jason is an excellent teacher and he has created a wonderful and relaxing space within which to learn. We really enjoyed ourselves over the two days, and came away with two beautiful bags. Cannot recommend this course highly enough for those who want to learn the basics of leather-working or just want an entertaining creative weekend. Thank you Jason!
Response from Diamond Awl Leather Workshop:Good to meet you both and thank you for your kind words.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend making leather handbags. After a short introduction to leatherwork, we were guided by Jason at every stage and produced top quality products to take home. Definitely thinking about taking another course at the same venue in the future.
Absolutely fantastic course. The explanations and tutoring given is brilliant. If you are thinking about going into leather working whether as a hobby or change in job. I cannot recommend this course highly enough.
I finished the day with a professional looking made pencil case, which I had made.
Completely pleased & delighted to of done the course.
Very enjoyable and informative course. Jason is generous with us time and knowledge. Recommend this course to anyone interested in learning about leather work in a very nice well equipped studio space and with a genuine talented and great guy.
Thoroughly enjoyed this course, I hadn’t had any experience in leather work and I was looking for a course that could teach me all of the necessary skills to create leather products. This course did just that and more! It was so professionally done and Jason was great at teaching his passion, making everything look so easy. The quality of the leather and tools are of an excellent standard and the whole setup is perfect. I’m really happy with the bag I’ve made and couldn’t quite believe I’d done it all by hand! I would 100% recommend and I’ll be going back for more tips and tricks.
If you are thinking of doing a leather work course, this is the one for you. Whether you are looking to just have some fun with a new craft or you want to change career you will learn everything you need from the very knowledgeable Jason. He is an excellent teacher and the spacious workshop is filled with all the tools and accessories you could ever need. In terms of COVID 19, there is plenty of space, your own hand sanitiser and tools, lunch and drinks are still provided in a hygienic way. I was a complete novice and came home with a fantastic bag that has been much admired.
I'd fantasised about learning how to make my own leather goods by hand using traditional methods for some time! I'd been watching YouTube videos and looking at purchasing starter kits online, but I really had no idea where to start or if I'd even enjoy it as much as I thought I would...
So when I saw Jason's course advertised I thought win-win! Have a go, learn some basics, get advice, see if I like it, and worse case scenario I've got a fab new bag!
In a nutshell I loved it all and I learned so much. Even when I was getting frustrated with myself Jason managed to turn it around and I learnt even more through my mistakes as he showed me ways to prevent them in the future.
The setting of his studio was also great and created a really lovely atmosphere.
I'm so pleased I decided to do the course, and whenever I use the bag I'm blown away by the positive reactions I get to it!
Can't recommend highly enough :)
I have just attended the two day course. Both Jason and is wife Louise are two of the nicest people you could wish to meet. The course was brilliant I didn’t think I would learn so much in such a short space of time. I will be back in the future for a even more advanced course. Thanks again Jason it was a pleasure meeting you.
I attended this course with my friend in March, we did the 2 day course and it was fantastic, I’ve attended quite a few courses over the last 12 months and this was my far the best. I have made bags before but never used leather so was keen to have a go.
Jason was so knowledgeable, patient and made sure we both finished our bags in the 2 days (we both picked the most difficult but are dressmakers and used to working with fabric). I would recommend this course to anyone with an interest in leather work and a desire to expand your skill level. I would definitely attend another one of Jason's workshops.
I attended this course in March 2020 and cannot praise it highly enough. I'm a dressmaker as a hobby and am always striving to learn something new.
Jason is very passionate about what he does and shares his knowledge so well. You work at your own pace and individual instruction is given.
Our time with him was fascinating, we learned so much about leather as well as how to make our bags. I am so critical now when i look at leather goods in the shops.
Thank you Jason for opening my eyes and giving me a whole new skill to expore.
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.
Don’t hesitate to book! I feel like I’ve really learned a skill having done this course and I’ve got a great, professional-looking bag out of it too! I’m glad I did the 2 day course as well because I feel my hand-stitching improved a lot on the 2nd day. As others have said, Jason is a natural teacher and you really feel his passion for his craft. So well worth the 3 hour round trip in atrocious weather!
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!".
What a fantastic way to spend a couple of days ... Jason is a great teacher and has a wonderful outlook on life that he brings to the class. The course was a great mix of interesting background and theory, followed up with hands-on working. Jason explained things clearly and then allowed the students to get stuck in. He was always around to provide assistance where needed. A well paced course saw us creating well made items, that we were all proud to take away.
I will definitely be staying in contact, and heading back for more learning with this great teacher.
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.
Hi Jason, after taking part of your 2 day course at the end of July I've been busy sourcing equipment and leather. Wife was very impressed with her bag especially your touch of her initials.
Anyway I'm just writing to thank you and Louise for your help and knowledge in giving me a new craft.
I just wanted to say a big thank you to you both for the last 2 days sharing your skills and knowledge. Jason must have been exhausted by the time he got home yesterday.
I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 days, including Jason’s chatter. I learnt a lot and know that I will find the tools, tips and techniques really useful for my future projects.
Wendy & I FaceTime ‘d our Dad last night and showed him our finished handbags- he was most impressed.
I hope you are well.
Thanks again for the past two weekends it has been amazing and really inspiring !
Dear Jason and Louise,
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.
Jason was so welcoming. Brilliant at explaining the reasons and techniques behind leatherwork. We had a brilliant day and will be going back 🤩
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.
Done a 2 day and a 3 day course recently with Jason. It was really inspiring and informative.
Loved the knowledge and tips given throughout the course and the attention to detail.
I thoroughly recommend it to all who want to improve their craftsmanship and learn hand methods.
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.
Wow, where to start? I had a fantastic two days, gaining many new skills along the way. Great hospitality and a relaxing atmosphere. Both Jason and Louise are enthusiastic, encouraging, patient and inspiring. Jason is very knowledgeable and is keen to impart his knowledge to others. They are both very interesting people with exciting ideas for the future. They made me feel relaxed and comfortable about asking for help, especially when making mistakes! They openly encouraged questions and ideas. I left with a quality bag, a wealth of new knowledge and an eagerness to carry on working with leather and learn more. My husband has already made a burnishing tool for me. Can't praise them enough.
Thank you Jason and Loiuse.
An excellent two day course with a great teacher. Jason is very knowledgeable, patient, engaging and truly one of the good guys! I plan a return visit as soon as possible. Highly recommended.
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.
This 2 day course was excellent. Jason was friendly, helpful, funny and a great teacher with plenty of patience. You get to choose everything from materials to design and I love my bag - just what I wanted. Hopefully be back in Sept for embossing/carving course. Thanks Jason
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.
Really great course which delivered everything it promised. All processes clearly explained, questions answered comprehensively and leather making processes monitored and tweaked as we worked.
Jason and Louise ensured that not only did we learn everything that we expected, but they also wanted to ensure that we had all created something beautiful by the end of the course.
A fantastic weekend spent with Jason and Louise at Diamond Awl. They are knowledgeable, creative and have lots of patience! I thoroughly enjoyed the course - thank you!!
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!
Course was great, Jason is knowledgable, enthusiastic, talented and patient, his studio is amazing !
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
What do I say? A truly fantastic course! Jason and Louise were such enthusiastic, patient and thorough teachers - dedicated to ensuring that each of us on the course were successful and went home with an end product that we were proud of. I now feel that I have a good foundation from which to branch out into my own projects. Thank you both!
Absolutely fantastic course. Jason and Louise are so patient with students and passionate about leather work it was an absolute pleasure to spend two days with them.
I gained a lot of knowledge and now feel confidant to have a go myself.
I would highly recommend this course to anybody wanting to learn these skills.
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.
The most amazing 2 days! Jason and Louise are inspirational teachers whose passion is infectious. Through their patient, careful tutelage I managed to produce a beautiful bag that I will treasure. I had never done any leatherwork prior but the course has been carefully designed to accommodate all levels of experience and build confidence. Highly enjoyable and rewarding. The best present my husband has ever bought me.
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.
Jason and Louise are so relaxed that the whole course was a joy. we were encouraged to do everything involved in making the bag with assistance whenever we needed it. I know itis the wrong way round but I think I may do the one day as well to experience working on smaller items
My wife and I enrolled on the Diamond Awl 2 day course, with a view to learn some new skills, and spend the weekend doing something out of the ordinary. The whole experience felt like a real privilege!
The course is run by Jason, who has his own high-end leather goods company. He is such a nice guy, and extremely knowledgable and passionate about his craft.
His studio is in a beautiful mill building in a very lovely part of the world. The studio is very cool, with an amazing collection of unusual artefacts. It was very relaxed and an enjoyable atmosphere. The course is only for limited numbers. It was just the 2 of us for the weekend, which was great.
The bags that we made with Jasons guidance are beautiful, of absolutely superb quality, and something to be truly proud of.
All-in-all, a highly enjoyable and rewarding experience that I would recommend to anyone without hesitation.
Right from the offset Jason and Louise were exceptional. From agreeably changing dates awkwardly last minute (there’s always one!), to encouraging and helping me finish off little tweaks to my devine tote at the end of the weekend before starting the 2hr trek home. The whole experience was a true inspiration, the imparting of knowledge and skills was delivered openly, as if from a friend you’d known for years, and with the highest quality materials to utlilise, the experience was sublime. Encouraged during the weekend that we can have more than 1 career in a lifetime, my eyes have been opened to a special world to which I intend to continue with passion and vigor. If questioning whether to attend, make no hesitation, book it!
Great recommended accommodation too, >1000 gins was pleasing to the eye after a great days leather work!
Sitting in a mill on the side of the Pennines - what a way to miss the hottest Bank Holiday for many years!! But it was definitely worth it :)
Jason is an excellent and knowledgeable tutor with great support provided by Louise. Their enthusiasm is infectious.
The workshop itself is well thought out with plenty of time to ensure everyone can work at their own pace to create a lovely final product without feeling rushed or pressured.
Highly recommended !!!
A great course focusing on skillls that will be a foundation for exploring this craft . Part of the course included gaining an understanding of the importance of high quality materials and tools.
Jason and Louise worked so hard all weekend were so generous with their knowledge, skills and time. Both were charming,patient and fun.
I was amazed at the quality of the bag that I produced and has given me so much confidence and the desire to explore the world of leather.
Such a wonderful weekend! Not only did I create a beautiful bag but Jason and Louise were excellent tutors and kind hosts, it was a pleasure to spend time in their beautiful workshop and I finished the two day course feeling as though I have genuinely gained skills that I will use for years to come. The biggest thanks!
This is a fantastic 2 day workshop. I cannot recommend it enough. Jason and Louise are excellent teachers, patient, enthusiastic and inspiring. You will receive hands on tuition on the core techniques for bag making and leather work. The studio is a great environment for working in. The materials provided are of thw highest quality and the sense of achievement at making your own handmade leather bag will remain with you for a long time to come. Please gift yourself this course and you will not regret it!
I went on the course with my daughter and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. We will definitely be back for another one! Jason and Louise were really kind and fun and they were both really good at explaining the process. We recommend this course!
Friendly, patient and caring, Jason and Louise are excellent tutors. I thoroughly enjoyed my two day course. I had no previous experience of leather craft and I now feel that I have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the tools and techniques and have developed skills so as to be able to work on my own. My wife is particularly pleased with the lovely tote bag that I made under their guidance!
Absolutely loved it. Run by two lovely professional people. Would definitely recommend doing 😊
Great tuition and very enjoyable.
Absolutely fantastic course from environment to skills, technics and advice given. Thanks Jason for a lifelong skill I've always wanted to learn.
Fantastic course!! I attended the two day workshop during which I learnt so many skills and came away with a fabulous hand made bag. Jason and Louise are great teachers and the workshop is very well setup. I highly recommend this course.
I booked onto the course after a taster session run by Jason where I’d really enjoyed the saddle stitch and wanted to take those skills further. I booked the two day course which was a hands on immersive experience at making every bit of the bag. Jason is passionate and knowledgeable about the subject and he and Louise were excellent and attentive tutors. I left at the end of the 2 days with a beautiful bag that genuinely looks hand crafted.
An amazing weekend. Jason & Louise are lovely, patient & very knowledgeable. The workshop is gorgeous, the materials are really good quality and the bag I brought home is the envy of all my friends. I would thoroughly recommend this course.
What a great two day course. Fab atmosphere, beautiful studio, lovely people, expert knowledge and guidance... loved every minute of it. Can’t wait to put the new skills into practise. Thank you
What a fabulous weekend I've just had! I've learnt some new skills in leather craft, made a beautiful hand made leather bag, from an excellent teacher, Jason. Both days were really relaxing as we worked away using the skills he taught us, the time just flew by. After a lovely weekend in the workshop I feel really inspired to make my own bags and cant wait to get my hands on some leather! Thank you Jason for a great weekend and passing on your amazing skills!
Good for all levels of interest, no previous knowledge or experience is required.
Jason & Louise are knowledgeable, accommodating and friendly.
Not only did this course teach me things I didn't know about leather, and it, but I walked out with a handmade leather bag made by me!
I high recommend this course!
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
This is a fantastic course for everyone - even if you have no experience whatsoever, you will walk away after two days with a fabulous bag that will last you decades, feeling very proud of your work. Everything is explained and shown in a very clear and relaxed way, and Jason and Louise (fabulous people) will be on hand to answer whatever questions you have, and help you with whatever problem you have - with only four people on the course you really feel like you're getting all the attention you need. Great atmosphere, great lunch, great learning experience, I wish I could attend on a monthly basis!
This was a wonderful 2 day leather handbag course. Jason is a wonderful teacher, so patient and knowledgeable. I didn't think it was possible to make such a beautiful bag in just two days, feeling very pleased with myself. I drove up from London and was blown away by the countryside and the mill.
Well done Jason, you are a star!
A fantastic 2 days. I attended the course with my Father and we both enjoyed it immensely and have been telling everyone about it. We both love the bags we have made and have had loads of compliments. Neither of us really knew what to expect and Jason and Louise did everything to make our experience a great one. I would encourage anyone to give this a try and be really impressed with what they will help you to achieve. I certainly was and now I just need to decide on the next project...
This was a great course and I would recommend it to anyone.
In fact I am going back to do another course in the art of hand carving leather.
Jason who runs the course is very knowledgeable within the field of leather and clearly loves his craft.
I gained lots of new skills and found the whole experience very rewarding.
The location in itself is lovely based in an old mill where the Leeds- Liverpool canal runs alongside in a rural area.
The messenger bag I made has had so many compliments. I love it.
Great value for money.
Thank you Jason and Louise for a great experience.
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.
Dear Jason, I can't thank you and Louis enough for all your help and supporting me during the past two days. I really enjoyed the course it's very helpful you were both Amazing Teachers.5
Dear Jason, I can't thank you and Louis enough for all your help and supporting me during the past two days. I really enjoyed the course it's very helpful you were both Amazing Teachers.
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!
We both found the course excellent on all counts.
Jason is a very able teacher as well as a craftsman, exercising a great deal of professionality and skill as well as patience, encouragement and inspiration (ably assisted by Louise, of course!)
In crafting our items, we learned some of the basics of they types of leather, introductory techniques and the use of basic tools that will stand us in good stead for future work.
The setting of Jason's workshop in an old mill with a view onto the Huddersfield Canal adds to the experience and interest.
I would unhesitatingly recommend the course.
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.
Cannot express how pleased I am with every aspect of this course! Amazing instruction, fabulous magical mill location, great tools and great quality materials.... and best of all I have made a bag that I cannot believe I have made.... stunning.
Would definitely recommend for yourself or a great present as an experience.
Thank you Jason!
First steps into leatherwork and it was a great experience. Great teacher, wonderful location and even better walked away with a birthday present for my wife.
I honestly had the best day ever.
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!
This was the second two day course I had done with Jason and once again I came away with a great sense of achievement and pride in the beautiful bag I had made. Jason is very laid back and so the atmosphere in the workshop is very relaxing. He is incredibly patient and encourages as he teaches. It is such an absorbing, therapeutic craft you come away feeling very uplifted. I can't recommend it enough!
Fantastic course - really can't rate it highly enough. Jason certainly knows his craft and makes the weekend both a great learning experience and lots of fun. I honestly can't believe I made such a beautiful handbag. And the quality of the leather is second to none. More courses please!
I attended this course to improve my leather crafting skills. Jason is a wonderful teacher and I learnt so much. I also gained a lot of new confidence that will allow me to tackle bigger projects like the Messenger bag I made. The course was very relaxed and we were guided through the making process in easily understood sections, Lots of tips on the different processes to make them as easy as possible. The finished bag looks professionally made because of the guidance of Jason and his careful supervision. It is an experience I would recommend to anyone interested in crafting, and whether you are a beginner or improver you will come away with a bag you'll be proud to show off. Oh, and the food is superb as well.
Fantastic two days spent with Jason recently, I'm a complete beginner and learnt so much during the course, he's an excellent tutor, the materials we used were top quality and the end product amazed me. It's left me with a deep desire to do more and further my skills, I'll definitely be returning later in the the year!
Fantastic course - can't rate highly enough. Lovely setting, good pace, top quality materials and great tuition. I cannot imagine how this could have been better! good for beginners and more experienced crafters alike - so a great experience all round - thank you
I did the one day course and was really impressed with Jason, his studio and his teaching. I really want to come and do another course in a couple of months time and make some matching bits!
Well done Jason!
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.
Fantastic. One day leather workshop, informative and therapeutic. Fantastic day. Would definitely recommend this workshop for both skill learning and leisure activity.
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.
Two of the most exciting, relaxing, inspiring, and supremely enjoyable days... ever! I learned so much. The process was a joy to undertake, particularly the stitching which was deeply absorbing. I think I would have to meditate for a year to feel so peaceful normally. And the end product? I still can't believe I made such a beautiful bag - it has even received compliments from strangers!
Above all, the halloumi salad... if you have any doubts, let the lunch convince you.
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!
Thanks for an amazing two days, really pleased with the skills learnt due to the great tuition received from Jason. The workshop is a really nice environment.
The bag looks great new, but also looking forward to it ageing with me!
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.
Excellent and well thought out workshop. Jason is a good teacher and has set up carefully designed projects that can be completed in the time available at a pace that allows for learning a variety different methods for cutting, sewing and finishing leather. The workshop also covers selecting materials and use of tools. Jason is also happy to work with you if you want to try alternative projects, and tailor lessons accordingly.
The materials provided (leathers, finishes and fixings) are all top quality, so that at the end of the workshop, not only have you learnt a lot, you have a top quality leather bag to be proud of.
Inspiring, patient, informative. Thank you 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.
I really enjoyed working with Jason. As a teacher I felt he had an intuitive way of working and breaking things down so that a good finished product was totally manageable and achieved.
I found the course to be enjoyable and very informative.i learnt how to construct a leather bag from scratch. Jason was a great teacher and I would recommend anyone who is interested to have a go.
The course was well worth the 6 hours drive to get up from London. I found that I felt really comfortable asking questions as you were really patient throughout.
Thank you very much for the extremely engaging and valuable course. We both looked for a new craft skill that we could reward ourselves for a birthday weekend and this fit the bill beautifully.
As a teacher your guidance and knowledge really allowed us to plan a functional and personalised bag that was achievable in the 2 days. It was such an eye-opening and life changing experience in a beautiful setting. What a lovely way to spend a summers weekend!
Thank you once again for running the leather work course. I really enjoyed it and appreciate you passing onto me the key basic skills in leather work. My wife is opening a shop soon and I feel confident enough to start making simple things for her to sell.
Brilliant course! Jason was so helpful, passionate about the subject and knowledgeable. It was great to come away with a handmade bag too. In two days we covered a huge range of techniques and it has given me a real interest in attempting some projects on my own. The workshop setting is lovely with loads of equipment and throughout it all Jason (and Louise) were so helpful and friendly. Will definitely be back. Great value for money too. Thanks a lot.
Great value for money. We were provided the time and the direction to be very hands on in a friendly atmosphere. Jason instructed us patiently through many skills. If I had one tiny criticism I felt that we needed to plan our time more effectively as we overran on the second day by over 2 hours and this was difficult to manage for a few people in the group as we had long journeys ahead of us.
This being said I'd highly recommend the course and would look forward to signing up for another with Jason at Diamond Awl
Had a great time in a friendly atmosphere with great instruction and learned loads. A great course a full value for money. Thanks for everything Jason.
I had such a great time on this course. I learnt so much and Jason was incredibly generous with all his knowledge and went out of his way to answer all my questions, even the ones i hadn't yet verbalised! The company and setting was perfect, lunch was great and i had 100% satisfaction walking away with my new skills and bag that i had made. Thank you
The course was well worth the 6 hours drive to get up from London. I found that I felt really comfortable asking questions as you were really patient throughout. This was despite me going off book on design and needing a little more help to finish the bag in the two days.
As a teacher your guidance and knowledge really allowed us to plan a functional and personalised bag that was achievable in the 2 days. It was such an eye-opening and life changing experience in a beautiful setting. What a lovely way to spend a summers weekend!
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!
Joined a 2 days leather bags course after a 1 day course months ago. I learnt more special techniques from Jason during this 2 days course. Thank you Jason for his patience and attention to details. I'm getting more interested for all the leather craft. In his creative workshop, I try to apply different crafting skills and be more creative on leather work. Highly recommended!
Thank you for the weekend, I loved it. Back to reality today - I was gutted not to be back at your workshop.
With no previous experience or even any craft experience I signed up to the two day leather course. The courses are run by Jason, a very patient, friendly and cool guy, in his impressive workshop. The course is all hands on, so you'll be cutting, stitching and making your bag from the morning. By the end of the course you'll have your own bag, which you literally handmade - so you'll feel an absolute sense of accomplishment. Then you'll be hooked. While there are so many great things about this course, for me what I like is that you have a finished bag at the end, something tangible, something to carry with you to remind you what you can achieve.
Thanks, Jason, see you soon.
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.
Jason is an enthusiastic and patient teacher who passes on his considerable skills with a sense of humour in a lovely workshop. The atmosphere during our course was so friendly, we made a saddlebag that was customised to be the perfect finished item.
The two day course was truly inspiring and deeply satisfying - many thanks Jason and Louise!
Great day from start to finish, so many new skills to practise and improve. Can highly recommend.
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.
What a fantastic course! It met and outstripped my expectations by far. Jason is a knowledgeable and easy going tutor, who provides 1-2-1 attention. His workspace is very relaxed & inspirational one. I attended the two day weekend course with the bones of an idea buzzing around my head and Jason was more than happy to help me put flesh onto my idea. I now have the confidence to take my idea to the next stage - prototypes. The Diamond Awl is a definite must for anyone wanting to develop their leather skills and learn the craft of leather. Well done Jason!
We were looking for a course where we could make our own bag, while learning as many basic skills as possible, without breaking the bank. That is exactly what we got... and more! Jason is an excellent tutor in giving you personal attention specific to your needs, and great encouragement along the way. His work studio is a fantastic space to feel creative within, helping to make the whole experience very memorable. We've come away with many ideas and can't wait to start putting what we learned into practice. If you're looking for a great kick-start into leathercraft and bag making then we would highly recommend Jason and his courses as the way to go.
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 ; )
Thank you so much Jason.
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.
I've already recommended it to tons of friends!
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.
The 2 day course exceeded my expectations in all areas. A beautiful, inspiring work space, a choice of projects, a choice of leathers, a fabulous teacher all combined to ensure I left with a host of new skills, a new hobby, and a messenger bag that I am exceptionally proud of, and which looks highly professional. I've already had compliments about it, no one can believe I made it (myself included!) and I know that it will still look as good in years to come. I have no hesitation in recommending, and I'm already planning on attending the tote bag course. Thank you Jason, this is the best craft course experience I've had. See you again soon I hope.
An excellent weekend course and I was very pleased with the bag that I made.
I had no prior leatherwork experience but Jason is a very enthusiastic, patient and encouraging tutor and I now feel confident to continue on my own.
"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"
"Thanks so much for the fantastic course. Very patient teaching and inspirational, 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"
"A truly unforgettable day with Jason in his wonderful workshop. Myself and my family learnt 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."
"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.
"The teaching was fantastic. David and Jason have the ability to teach a novice with such patience and enthusiasm, with endless ideas & tips. Location unique and wonderful coffee an added bonus."
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.
Thanks for the course. It was really cool, and a good atmosphere up there as well!
"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.