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!
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.
Thank you so much Richard for your expertise and patience!
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
This 2-day course is just brilliant! I've tried to figure out stuff on my own for nearly 3 years only because I didn't know a course like this existed... If you're interested in this amazing craft, this course is the way to go. I've enjoyed every minute of it, I still have a lot to digest and try on my own, and a few very interesting suppliers to visit. Thank you so much, Richard.
Richard is an amazing teacher, very patient and super encouraging. My workshop day went over in time but Richard stayed with us until the end and until we were satisfied with our bags. He definitely went the extra mile!
I had the opportunity to learn the basics, and along the way made an amazing tote bag with very high quality leather. If you are hesitant, don’t be! I would definitely recommend to any of my friends.
Very fun and instructive. Richard is an excellent and very knowledgeable teacher. Would highly recommend
The Two Day Practical workshop was excellent, I learnt a wealth of information regarding leather craft and I came from the course with some lovely handmade pieces. Richard's workshop is well set out and organised, we all had enough tools to work on our set projects and if we wanted a design alteration from the original task Richard was happy to guide us. I received handouts with detailed information about leather, from its history and tanning evolution to buying a hide and tools for leather work.
Richard is a lovely, approachable person who is very generous with his information, I have emailed him several times since the course with question and he has responded quickly and with detailed information. Thanks for a great, inspiring two days.
The afternoon was great! Richard is a very good tutor, generous with his knowledge and very patient with the students... even when we go off reservation all the time. :)
Highly recommend this course.
This class was a great introduction to working with leather. Richard was a fabulous, knowledgeable instructor who shared with us how leather is made and the types of leather suitable for different projects. Great workspace to work in and Richard took you through each step, making practice cuts on pieces of leather before working on your piece. Explaining the tools used along the way. Very enjoyable afternoon and a great course.
Amazing course - Workshop takes place in the back of Richard's garden in a workshop. It felt great being able to create a real leather bag from scratch and makes you actually appreciate how much work goes into creating a bag!
Excellent relaxed instructor who offered us tea/coffee/biscuits in the daytime and allowed us to get on with making our bags, providing support when needed and answering any questions he had from his expertise in leather making.
Would highly recommend for a very useful experience!
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%.
Perfect to learn about leather and how to work with it. Learnt so much in just 2 days and now feel I have the basics to really go for it on my own.
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
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