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.
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.
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%.
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.