Diamond Awl Leather Workshop reviews

30 Aug 17'

Richard Moody reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"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."

29 Aug 17'

Nahla reviewed: Two day leather work course - bag making

"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"

29 Aug 17'

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

"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."

22 Aug 17'

Amanda Al-Selman reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"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!"

22 Aug 17'

Philip Martin and James Martin reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"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."

14 Apr 17'

Julia johnson reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"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."

5 Apr 17'

Diana reviewed: Two day leather work course - bag making

"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!"

5 Apr 17'

Martyn reviewed: Two day leather work course - bag making

"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."

16 Mar 17'

Millie Wemyss reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"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!"

6 Mar 17'

Justine reviewed: Two day leather work course - bag making

"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!"

4 Mar 17'

Jane reviewed: Two day leather work course - bag making

"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!"

6 Feb 17'

Tim Povall reviewed: Two day leather work course - bag making

"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."

3 Feb 17'

Mark Paterson reviewed: Two day leather work course - bag making

"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!"

1 Feb 17'

Liz huband reviewed: Two day leather work course - bag making

"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"

21 Jan 17'

Andrea Ahimie-Carthy reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"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!"

15 Jan 17'

Clare Lanceley reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"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."

8 Jan 17'

Alan Rigby reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"Fantastic. One day leather workshop, informative and therapeutic. Fantastic day. Would definitely recommend this workshop for both skill learning and leisure activity."

8 Jan 17'

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

"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."

25 Nov 16'

Kirsty reviewed: Two day leather work course - bag making

"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."

6 Nov 16'

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

"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!"

17 Oct 16'

Andy reviewed: Two day leather work course - bag making

"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!"

12 Oct 16'

sue jensen reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"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."

31 Aug 16'

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

"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 :)"

30 Aug 16'

Lee-lee reviewed: One day leather work course - small leather goods

"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."

16 Aug 16'

Chris Jordan reviewed: Two day leather work course - bag making

"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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