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Two day leather work course - bag making

Diamond Awl Leather Workshop - Two Day Leather Course

About the Course

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.

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.


Jason Stocks-Young at Diamond Awl Leather Workshop
Woodend Mill
Manchester Road
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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Children
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • UK Holiday

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2 days (9:30am to 6:00pm)

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- - #28543

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!

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- - #25556

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.

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- - #25307

Hey Jason,

I hope you are well.
Thanks again for the past two weekends it has been amazing and really inspiring !

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- - #25306

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.



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- - #25305

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.

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- - #23727

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.

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- - #23540

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.

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- - #23483

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

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- - #23287

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!!

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- - #18175

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!

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- - #18004

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.

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- - #17594

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.

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- - #15255

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

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- - #15135

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.

In-person course
- - #15022

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!

In-person course
- - #14881

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 !!!

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- - #14703

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.

In-person course
- - #14062

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!

In-person course
- - #13985

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!

In-person course
- - #12905

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!

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- - #12902

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!

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- - #12891

Absolutely loved it. Run by two lovely professional people. Would definitely recommend doing 😊

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- - #12206

Great tuition and very enjoyable.

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- - #12187

Absolutely fantastic course from environment to skills, technics and advice given. Thanks Jason for a lifelong skill I've always wanted to learn.

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- - #12029

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.

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- - #11996

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.

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- - #11828

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.

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- - #11642

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

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- - #11505

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!

In-person course
- - #11349

Great Course!

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!

In-person course
- - #10817

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!

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- - #10462

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!

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- - #10409

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...

In-person course
- - #10383

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.

In-person course
- - #10255

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

In-person course
- - #8576

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!

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- - #8575

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.

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- - #8126

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!

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- - #8094

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!

In-person course
- - #7654

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.

In-person course
- - #7611

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!

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- - #7567

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

In-person course
- - #6767

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.

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- - #6372

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!

In-person course
- - #5801

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.
Highly recommended.

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- - #5787

Inspiring, patient, informative. Thank you Jason.

In-person course
- - #5767

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.

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- - #5449

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.

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- - #5448

Dear Jason

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.


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- - #5447

Dear Jason,

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!

In-person course
- - #5446

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.

In-person course
- - #5389

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.

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- - #5323

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

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- - #5274

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.

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- - #5236

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

In-person course
- - #5224

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.

In-person course
- - #5223

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!

In-person course
- - #5204

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!

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- - #5177

Thank you for the weekend, I loved it. Back to reality today - I was gutted not to be back at your workshop.

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- - #5106

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.

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- - #4829

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!

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- - #4151

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!

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- - #4144

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.

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- - #3300

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.

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- - #3274

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.

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- - #3199

"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"

In-person course
- - #3198

"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"

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- - #3197

"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."

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