"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."