Leather Craft Workshop Days reviews

25 Feb 23'

Liz Holmes reviewed: Small leather goods workshop

"I spent a wonderful few hours in Richard's small leather goods workshop. Richard went through different styles of leather and then we made our chosen piece. Richard gave very clear instructions and was on hand to guide each student on their chosen piece, from measuring and cutting, to stitching. I will definitely be going back for another bag making workshop and cannot recommend Richard's classes highly enough. Great value."

24 Sep 22'

Hayley Perkins reviewed: Small leather goods workshop

"What a fabulous time we had on this course. Richard is incredibly knowledgable and runs the workshop in a relaxed and supportive manner, the pace at which he teaches is spot on for beginners. We can’t quite believe how much we learnt in 4 hours and super proud of our makes. We will definitely be returning for a more advanced course. Thank you "

18 Jul 22'

Sue Redgrift reviewed: Small leather goods workshop

"I learnt so much about leather and the techniques/tools needed for hand stitching on the Small Leather Goods Workshop. Loved the course and I am chuffed to bits with my credit card holder. Next course already booked."

18 Jul 22'

John wood reviewed: Small leather goods workshop

"This is my 3rd visit with Richard. Fantastic person to be instructed by, very informative and highly knowledgeable. Nothing is too much trouble and will to stay a bit later for people like me that wants to do something quite large for a half day. I would highly recommend anyone to take this course "

18 Jul 22'

Mandy reviewed: Small leather goods workshop

"I attended the small leather goods course yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Richard was extremely helpful and learning about different types of leathers was very interesting. This course was a great introduction to hand sewing leather. "

17 Jul 22'

Hanne reviewed: Small leather goods workshop

"I attended the small leather items course and learnt a great deal in a short space of time. Richard is an excellent tutor and explained everything really well. This was my first introduction into working with leather and I enjoyed it so much both the process and also the final small leather cardholder which I took home with me. I hope to attend other courses in the future, thanks to Richard. "

19 Jun 22'

John reviewed: Small leather goods workshop

"This is my second course with Richard and I have one more in July. I would highly recommend this gentleman to everyone. He is very knowledgeable and gives everyone on the course the same amount of time."

16 May 22'

John wood reviewed: Small leather goods workshop

"I would highly recommend having a day with Richard. Very informative and knowledgeable. It was that good I intend to have 2 more days with him."

16 May 22'

John wood reviewed: Small leather goods workshop

"I would highly recommend having a day with Richard. Very informative and knowledgeable. It was that good I intend to have 2 more days with him"

15 Apr 22'

David Reed reviewed: Small leather goods workshop

"Had a good day with Richard on the small leather goods course,a patient tutor,he explains all the different types of leather,shows you how to mark out,stitch and burnish the edges.A very informative day, thanks.I have also received an information pack giving advice on leather and tool suppliers ."

21 Mar 22'

Martin Hammond reviewed: Small leather goods workshop

"Thank you Richard for an excellent day. Great facilities and equipment, really pleased with my card holder too. I was most impressed with Richard’s knowledge…told me lots of useful info for the future. Highly recommend. Thanks ?"

5 Feb 22'

Debbie reviewed: Small leather goods workshop

"I attended the cross body bag day course. I had a brilliant day and left with a really usable stylish bag. Richard is a great chap and an excellent tutor. He was well prepared and work stations well equipped and ready to start making. The studio is a great work space."

30 Jan 22'

A “beltingly” good day! reviewed: Small leather goods workshop

"Had a lovely day with three other ‘students’. We all got on really well and Richard is a great tutor. I shall take my learning further and already have new projects planned. Highly recommended day with a really nice guy. My belt is now gping to get some real wear!"

16 Nov 21'

Harriet Jones reviewed: Small leather goods workshop

"We had an absolutely wonderful day at this workshop! Richard is really knowledgable and passionate about leather making and it was really interesting to learn about the different leathers and tanning processes. I really enjoyed making a belt by hand and we got to learn how to cut the leather, punch it, burnish it and saddle stitch it. We are both so proud of the items we made and have been showing them off to everyone! There is nothing quite like a hands-on teaching experience and we both came away feeling confident that we could make a belt on our own next time. That is a testament to how good Richard is as a tutor. We would have absolutely no reservations about recommending him, indeed, many of ours friends are envious about the belts we made and are keen to learn too so we have sent them his way! This course is a great introduction to leather making and has left us wanting to try more advanced ones. Thank you Richard, and keep on doing what you’re doing as you’ve inspired us and I’m sure many others."

14 Jul 21'

Silvia reviewed: Small leather goods workshop

"It was really a great decision to use my CraftCourses voucher with Leather Craft Workshop Days. I not only enjoyed it and had a great time, but also learnt a great deal as it was my first time working with leather. My leather crafting process was: promptly answered emails, share of immense knowledge, practical use of material and a range of tools and going away with my own leather belt! Richard is and outstanding, patient, experienced teacher. Much appreciated the airy, clean and purpose made workshop space that strikes you with a splendid leather aroma when you arrive."

21 Jun 21'

Phil reviewed: Small leather goods workshop

"I had a fantastic day doing this course. We started the day with a great introduction to the materials and tools and then got stuck into making something. I chose to make a little coin/card wallet where I learned about all the different types of leather and how those choices affect the end result. Richard is a lovely and a great teacher. He is clearly very experienced and always ready with practical advice and tips no matter what questions you throw at him. The workshop is comfortable and relaxed, and is pitched at a perfect pace for beginners or people with a little experience with crafts. I learned a huge amount while having a really enjoyable day, and I loved showing off what I made to friends. I'll definitely be getting some basic tools and having a go at more projects, making use of the really helpful resources that I was sent by email after the course. I really highly recommend this course (or any other course Richard is running)!"

8 Oct 20'

Sarah Jermyn reviewed: Make your very own Tote bag

"Although my initial workshop was cancelled due to Covid-19, Richard kept me informed about the situation and when things started up again, it was easy to rearrange. I have to say I had the BEST day. I did a leatherwoods course at college some 34 years ago, and to say I was rusty was an understatement, but this course has ignited my passion once again and I will have a new hobby! Richard was really easy to deal with, everything was really clearly explained and I absolutely love the bag I made. It was a fabulous day and much needed. Absolutely buzzing!"

17 Sep 20'

Carolyn Crossley reviewed: Make your very own Tote bag

"Really enjoyed this intensive detailed class. Despite snapping threads and nearly ruining the bag by cutting the leather incorrectly; the super patient Richard managed to rescue me from my incompetence. This resulted in the creation of a beautiful colourful tote bag which I will treasure forever. He even let me make a leather key fob to match the travel card holder I made earlier. Great stuff! Thank you so much Richard for your expertise and patience! Carolyn"

9 Sep 20'

Tony reviewed: Small leather goods workshop

"I attended the course that was given as a gift, I really enjoyed the time with Richard. He gives you personal attention and talks you through the "history of leather and how the different leathers are used and tanned for different products"; this was a real eye-opener as it puts into perspective some of the very expensive fashion brands. You are given a choice of what you can make in the time available, and then can select the materials - leather, buckles and studs etc as you work through. At each stage Richard talks you through the correct use of the tools, giving you the opportunity to practice and become competent, before committing to your own product. I really enjoyed the time making my product, a belt for my wife who bought the course for me; the belt I made is made from quality leather, and if I blow my own trumpet a good match for something that I would have bought. Thank you Richard for passing on your skills and introducing me to something that I believe that I will continue to develop as a pastime."

8 Sep 20'

Carolyn reviewed: Small leather goods workshop

"Absolutely brilliant! I wanted to make a brightly coloured card holder (as my current one is black and it always gets lost in my handbag). Richard was fabulous and has extensive knowledge about the history of leather and the suitability of it for various projects. Using his expertise I managed somehow to create a beautiful travel card holder which will last many years. I had no idea of the work involved; and really enjoyed it. Great stuff Richard..see you next week for the tote bag class."

6 Sep 20'

Peter reviewed: 2 Day Leather Practical Skills Workshop

"I really enjoyed the course, and feel confident to start to apply what I have learnt. The group size was perfect and Richard had time to guide us through every single step. I felt safe with the COVID-19 restriction that were in place."

23 Aug 20'

Anil J reviewed: 2 Day Leather Practical Skills Workshop

"I recently attended Richard's 2 day workshop and in summary I can say it is truly excellent! I attended post covid and he has gone to great lengths to ensure the workspace is safe and socially distanced so there is nothing to worry about on that front. The course itself is very good, as Richard goes through all the important points of working with leather. You are provided with all the information you need to get started. There are also lots of tips and pointers as you start making your first items. Most importantly Richard is genuinely enthusiastic and knowledgeable about his craft and it shows in the way he runs this course. By the end of the course, to my amazement (even as a left hander) I had made several items which looked very professional! I enjoyed it so much I'm tempted to do another workshop..."

10 Aug 20'

Max & Barbara reviewed: Small leather goods workshop

"Small leather goods workshop: Really enjoyed the workshop and would definitely recommend to anyone interested in crafting leather goods. Richard was very informative and explained how to use the tools and work the leather really clearly. It was an excellent introduction to leatherwork. Feel like we learned so much during the afternoon and we came away with a belt and card holder that we were extremely proud to have made. Thanks Richard, with your introduction and the information pack that you supplied, we will try our hands at some more leather projects."

8 Mar 20'

Fiona Whitfield reviewed: Make your very own crossbody/messenger bag

"This was a fantastic day introducing leather work. Richard was patient, informative and happy to answer queries about the task in hand and general questions. I highly recommend this day, you'll end it with a great bag that will last for years to come."

7 Mar 20'

Philippa Davidson reviewed: 2 Day Leather Practical Skills Workshop

"My partner very kindly brought a gift voucher to attend Richard's leather workshop. I have recently started making leather dog coats. I can only say this course is amazing!. Richard is a font of knowledge, he has been a huge help in guidance for going forward in my new business adventure. I have learnt a vast amount and have come away feeling more confident. I would highly recommend anyone making leather goods to seek out this course."

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