Diamond Awl Leather Workshop reviews

18 Oct 20'

Jonathan and Jennifer Nixon reviewed: Two day leather work course - bag making

"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!"

Diamond Awl Leather Workshop responded:

" Good to meet you both and thank you for your kind words. Jason"

3 Oct 20'

Les & Jill reviewed: Two day leather work course - bag making

"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."

23 Aug 20'

John reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"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."

19 Aug 20'

Mark reviewed: Two day leather work course - bag making

"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."

17 Aug 20'

Chloe reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"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."

6 Aug 20'

Sharon reviewed: Two day leather work course - bag making

"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."

3 Aug 20'

Alex Brightmore reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"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 :) Alex."

23 Jul 20'

Cliff reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"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."

20 Jun 20'

Helen Speight reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"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."

20 Jun 20'

Lisa Skelton reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"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."

1 Mar 20'

Helen Vickers reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"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!"

23 Feb 20'

Paul Sharville reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"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."

20 Feb 20'

Jennifer reviewed: Two day leather work course - bag making

"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!"

10 Feb 20'

Julian Iddon reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"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"

24 Oct 19'

Michelle Nicholson reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"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"

22 Oct 19'

2 day leather skills course reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"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!"."

20 Oct 19'

Steve Fisher reviewed: Two day leather work course - bag making

"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."

15 Oct 19'

Chris Downing reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"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."

11 Oct 19'

Anthony reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"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."

11 Oct 19'

Sheridan reviewed: Two day leather work course - bag making

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

11 Oct 19'

Richard reviewed: Two day leather work course - bag making

"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. Yours Richard"

11 Oct 19'

Carol Kiff reviewed: Two day leather work course - bag making

"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."

9 Oct 19'

Penny Downing reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"Jason was so welcoming. Brilliant at explaining the reasons and techniques behind leatherwork. We had a brilliant day and will be going back ?"

19 Sep 19'

Becky reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"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!"

17 Sep 19'

Fiona R reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"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."

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