Two Day Leather Work Course - Bag Making

Duration: Two Days

Price: £250

Run by: Jason Stocks-Young
at Diamond Awl Workshop


Woodend Mill
Manchester Road

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About the Course

As featured in The Guardian, 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.

The course will run from 9:00am – 5:30pm approx – please arrive 15 minutes before start time.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your 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.

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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.

- - #12029

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.

- - #11996

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.

- - #11828

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

- - #11642

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!

- - #11505

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!

- - #11349

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!

- - #10817

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!

- - #10462

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...

- - #10409

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.

- - #10383

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

- - #10255

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!

- - #8576

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.

- - #8575

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!

- - #8126

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!

- - #8094

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.

- - #7654

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!

- - #7611

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

- - #7567

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.

- - #6767

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!

- - #6372

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.

- - #5801

Inspiring, patient, informative. Thank you Jason.

- - #5787

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.

- - #5767

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.

- - #5449

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.


- - #5448

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!

- - #5447

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.

- - #5446

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.

- - #5389

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

- - #5323

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.

- - #5274

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

- - #5236

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.

- - #5224

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!

- - #5223

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!

- - #5204

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

- - #5177

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.

- - #5106

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!

- - #4829

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!

- - #4151

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.

- - #4144

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.

- - #3300

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.

- - #3274

"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"

- - #3199

"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"

- - #3198

"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."

- - #3197

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