Best and first workshop I have done to expand my knowledge in leather. I am from a womenswear design background into leather wear and Richard explains and tailors whatever he knows in regards to that so that it incorporated with what I wanted to learn personally too. Amazing explanation and the depth of knowledge and practical skills I have learned are both keeping me interested to go forward! I recommend this 100%.
Myint - - #27368
The two day course as an introduction to leather work was great, I found Richard to be a great teacher who has a true passion for working with 'real' leather. I am looking forward to working with him again in 2020 for more insight to the world of leather.
Thank you Richard Williamson
Richard Clarke - - #27084
Best course I’ve done. Learnt loads and made some lovely and really professional looking things. Can’t wait to get started making more. Richard is brilliant, patient, enthusiastic, really knowledgable and fantastic at teaching. Enjoyed every minute. Thanks Richard
Catherine Ragan - - #27014
This workshop was so much fun! Richard has a great deal of knowledge of leather-crafts and is very open to sharing that with his students. I had made one small leather item before taking this class and Richard's workshop took me to the next level. I would highly recommend anyone interested in taking up leather-crafts to take one of Richard's workshops. And the added bonus that you leave with a wonderful handmade bag is such a wonderful feeling!
Lizzie Lorenzana - - #26952
Excellent 2 days' workshop for anyone willing to start working leather.
I am a furniture maker and wanted to learn about leather in order to incorporate some in my work.
The course is well structured and Richard takes the time to explain everything. The format of the course with only 2 people with Richard makes it very personal as you can ask as many question as you like.
During my two days I learned about the tools, the different types of leather, saddle stitching, I made a couple of key fobs, a card holder and a belt.
Following the course I have started to buy the necessary tools following Richard's advice and I can't wait to start my own projects!
Thank you very much Richard!
Gael - - #26863
This was a really well structured course - there was a great deal packed into the 4 hours without it seeming at all rushed. Apart from learning about leather types and the tanning process, there was plenty of time for making and experimenting. The materials and tools provided were plentiful and first class. The information pack provided gives loads of details on where to buy tools and materials, and there is a strong encouragement to take away the skills learned and use them in future projects.
Ollie Price - - #26852
Excellent workshop covering not only practical techniques but also essential information regarding how to begin trading. Richard is incredibly generous with his knowledge and I feel the course has given me the skills and inspiration to embark on multiple projects.
Sian - - #26818
This two day workshop was brilliant. As a beginner to leather work it was both informative and fun. Richard gave us loads of advice and tips and we got to practice the different techniques with his expert guidance. There to lend a hand when we got stuck, or to show us an easier way to do something that would otherwise have taken a lot longer to learn by ourselves. I had a brilliant time and am thoroughly chuffed with what we made and have had loads of compliments. I can highly recommend this to anyone who has an interest in working with leather craft. Thank you Richard!
Sarah - - #26655
I had taken an interest of working with leather a while back and was very happy that I managed to come across this workshop. Initially there were no available dates left , but after emailing Richard he kindly added an extra date and even gave me an option of choosing a preferred week.
The workshop itself was very interesting as Richard shared more and more of his leather knowledge and I had to keep taking notes, which will be very handy next time I want to make something out of leather. I really enjoyed going through every step of making my bag while having a cup of tea and casual conversation about leather and more.
The day flew by so fast and I left the workshop with a big smile on my face, tones of knowledge, some new skills learned and a bright new purple bag!
If you are new to leather craft, this is the best workshop to start with. I highly recommend it.
Monika Potaszynska - - #26472
After extensive searching online throughout the south-east I settled on Richard’s crossbody messenger bag course as the best value for money course and I wasn’t disappointed. After a cuppa and an initial introduction to leather making we went straight to work on our bags. I had brought my laptop in so we could match the dimensions as I had aspirations to create a smart satchel for client visits. By lunch we had both started to saddle stitch our bags together, all the while Richard had been dispensing extensive knowledge about the business of leather making as well as guiding each stage of the process. Having attended a number of craft courses I must say Richard does a good job of patiently guiding without interfering with your final product. By late afternoon, we were putting the finishing touches to our bags riveting the strap and buckles as well as polishing off the final bag. By evening I had the finished product, a full-grain pull-up handmade and bespoke leather bag which would probably cost £200-£300 in the shops (and would probably be made from cheaper top-grain or so-called “genuine” PVC bonded leather). I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Richard’s course to anyone interested in leatherwork, his patient tuition allowed me to gain confidence with each stage and I have received compliments about my bag from various friends and strangers about town.
Oliver Ward - - #26230
I thoroughly recommend this two day course if you have an interest in working with leather either as a hobby or professionally. Richard is an extremely knowledgeable teacher as well as being patient and engaging. The fact that there were only two of us on the course meant that I didn’t get left behind at any stage. I learnt a lot more than I had anticipated and went away with very thorough course notes for future reference. Richard’s enthusiasm for leatherwork has certainly rubbed off and I look forward to buying all the tools and putting into practice the new techniques I’ve acquired. Thank you.
Michael Crane - - #26096
I really enjoyed my 2 day course and feel inspired and confident to tackle some simple leather projects with a view to gradually getting more adventurous with the skills that I have learned.
It would work for people with even the simplest of practical skills.
Alex Watherston - - #26091
The workshop was brilliant - we got a great introduction to working with leather, the different types and what you might want to choose depending on what project your doing, as well as lots of advice for where to go to buy your own and what tools to get to continue using the skills you learn as part of the course. Richard was very patient and knowledgable and he let each of us get on with our belts at our own pace. I got to design mine exactly how I wanted it and was so pleased with the beautiful belt I got to make! I'm hoping to book the bag making course next.
Lindsay - - #25906
Leather Craft Workshop Days was a fantastic 2 day immersion with a lot of close and personal attention on every basic skill you need to pick up leather craft (or even just figure out if you like it). Richard is an excellent tutor and host, makes you feel incredibly welcomed and encourages all kinds of creativity and curiosity. With just two people per class, you also get a lot of personal attention and opportunities to ask questions - which you wouldn't get the chance to at most workshops in London. I came away with great new skills for a hobby, tips on how to turn it into a business and loads of guidance for future ideas and projects - not to mention a handmade laptop case, key fob and belt. Worth every penny and frustrating broken thread along the way.
Omar - - #25834
I received a birthday voucher for this course and my husband decided to join me. I had decided to make a clutch bag and my husband a belt. Richard is a great tutor; very knowledgeable, helpful and encouraging. The day started with Richard imparting his knowledge of leather tanning history and various leathers and finishes which was extremely interesting. We then decided on our choice of leather, thread and hardware and had great fun learning to use the different tools, measuring, cutting, stitching with Richard giving advice along the way. The day was very enjoyable and my husband is happy with his belt and I am over-the-moon with my gorgeous red croc clutch bag. Thank you Richard for making such a great day and I would highly recommend.
Shirley A Parnell - - #25709
This two day workshop was amazing; you learn how to work with leather, the difference from Chrome or Veg leather, where to buy and the cost. As you start your projects you learn as well what tools you will need and the name of all of them.
Richard shared with us the best websites if you want to start your business online.
He is very patient and calm so you have time to finish your projects with no stress.
I really recommend this course.
Ana - - #25639
I have done quite a few craft courses over the years, but this was by far the best course I have ever done. Richard is a fabulous, patient teacher, and a wonderful person.
We started off with a bit of leather making history, and a walk through the different types of leather, before we started to discuss our requirements with regard to bag design. And then the real fun began.
Richard left us alone to do every stage of the process, keeping a careful, watchful eye over us in case we started to go 'wrong'. At no point did I feel that I was under pressure which added hugely to the experience. Each stage of the process was described very well, and we were given the opportunity to practice each stage on pieces of off cut leather before attacking our own bag. Everything you would need to complete the bags was available, as was a huge variety of leathers and threads so that each design is completely unique, which is a real bonus.
The workroom was very cosy, and encouraged a real family atmosphere which made conversation with my fellow crafter very easy. At the end of the day we came away with a bag that could easily be seen on any high street selling for a very good price, and left us with a massive sense of pride and amazement at how well we had done.
I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone, of any ability, with Richard's help you will come away with a bag to be proud of and perhaps a desire to become a bag designer/maker just like I have. Thank you Richard for the best day I have had in many years.
Marc McDonnell-Jenkins - - #25140
I have now done two courses with Richard and I've made a lovely tote bag and a fabulous clutch bag. Both get great comments every time I use them.
Having such great instructions throughout made both pieces seem easy to make. Richard gives a lot of background information about the leather, where it comes from and how it's made which is fascinating and helps give a better understanding of the product.
I'd like to go weekly and make things all the time!!
Cecily Barton - - #25089
Richard is an excellent, patient and knowledgeable teacher whose approachable manner is, I feel, very important for the attendees. I felt free and encouraged to ask any leather craft related questions - without being ridiculed despite my inexperienced. He was very willing to share his leather craft experiences, provided good tips and awareness of potential pitfalls.
I would recommend it to anyone who are interested in dipping into leather works, (particularly those whom might feel intimidated by the skills required). Throughout the day course I felt at ease and was able to produce a bag that I am extremely proud of.
Damon Ma - - #25062