What’s it about?
Ran from a purpose built indoor workshop in Tenterden, Kent, we’ve put this one day leather working course together for anyone with an interest in leather, craft, or who simply wants to explore another avenue of bushcraft.
You don’t need any previous experience with leather working as you will learn the core skills and techniques on the course. It’s a perfect introduction to making traditional leather items.
So if you’re looking for an unforgettable day, join our experienced craftsman, Paul Bradley, in a leather working day that focuses on leather work tools, design and construction.
What will I do on a leather working course?
We have designed this leather working course around the making of a simple notebook holder. We have chosen this as a project as it covers all the basic skills required to produce almost any small leather goods. There is also large scope for customisation of your project.
Along the way you will learn about different leathers, techniques and tools.
Typically, you will, under the expert guidance and instruction of Paul Bradley:
- Use the provided pattern to produce a leather cover for a standard 5.5 x 3.5 notebook,
- Be guided on how to design and draw out and customise a pattern,
- Learn all about the different tools used in leather working and how to use them,
- Learn how to cut out, assemble and mark for stitching,
- Learn and practice the techniques of the tradtional saddle stitch to complete the assembly of your notebook,
- Learn how to finish your project with edge burnishing techniques and other small but important details that add to the overall professional look.
All tools, equipment and materials are provided, as well as a free notebook to take away with you.
A really great chance to begin a lifetime of making beautiful things!
You can see all of our course dates here.
Location: Tenterden, Kent
Duration: 1 day
Course size: 8
Catering: We’ll provide tea & coffee, you’ll need to bring a packed lunch
Note: We run this course in a purpose built indoor workshop
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I attended the leather working day today on the 15th of April and it was
An amazing day I enjoyed it so much I went there not sure how it was gonna go and I came away absolutely amazed by what I had made, so just a quick thankyou to the instructors it was really interesting and has given me a new hobbie that I want to continue.
Just had a brilliant day with Paul, (lead instructor) and Bob (excellent bush crafty, leather worker who made a truly remarkable sheath for my Fallkniven A1 Pro knife). I didn't expect to learn so much as well as come away with a professional looking leather wallet for an A5 note book. The workshop is warm with all facilities (parking, mini kitchen, toilet etc.) but would benefit from better overhead lighting for us oldies. The course inspires confidence and a will to explore leather working at home. The tools provided were of a quality made to last and therefore easy to use. As with all Jack Raven courses the facilities, instruction and course content were of the highest standard.
This course was great, having watched ‘how to’ videos and brought a beginners kit for leather crafting, I still had questions and didn’t get a good end result. So going on this course whether a beginner or more advanced brings everything together and the opportunity to ask those questions you can’t from a video. Paul’s knowledge of the tools, techniques and history of leather craft is excellent. So many tools in the beginners kits are pointless. Paul shows the few key pieces you really need and how to use them as a craftsman/crafts woman.
I really entertaining, insightful and illuminating day. Now i’m really ready to start making leather items for friends and family. Maybe eventually to sell but for now I want the pleasure of making and build my knowledge of the techniques. I would join another course if Paul could show me how to make his beautiful little card holder bag. I shall start practicing just in case.
I had a wonderful day and learnt many new skills which have inspired me to take up a new craft of leather working. Paul was a fantastic teacher - giving clear instructions and very patient, enabling everyone in the group to complete a project that they were proud of and happy to take home.
Really loved this course. Paul is a great teacher and really loves his craft, which comes through in his teachings. I would heartily recommend this course for anyone that enjoys craft work. Thanks Paul and thanks JRB.