Description – Intensive Leatherwork Course
Covid – Please note that our October 2020 course date has a fall-back date of 4th – 10th April 2021
Working by hand and with vegetable tanned leather this 7 day ‘Intensive Leatherwork Course’ offers a steep learning curve of traditional leather-working skills. This intermediate-advanced level course is ideal if you’d like to master a variety of traditional leatherwork techniques in one block. Mastering techniques such as these is crucial if you want to design and create more advanced, or detailed projects. While you’re here you can choose from the list below which of the techniques you’d like to focus on when designing your course project during the second half of the course. In addition, you will also benefit from creating sample sections of each of the remaining techniques.
Once learned, some of these techniques can be incorporated into your own hand-stitched leatherwork project which you can develop during the course and can complete at home if necessary – all students will be given support in creating an ‘order of assembly’ to take away with them so they can confidently complete their project.
Students will also benefit from a full day, of untutored ‘free-workshop’ time, to practise and develop the skills taught during the first half of the course. This time may also be used to design, plan and prepare for their student project.
Please note: The ‘Intensive Leatherwork Course’ is a demanding week of intensive skills development and students should be aware that this course is not recreational, but is suited to those who wish to advance their leatherwork skills in a short space of time. This course is run annually and places are generally reserved for previous students of GDH Leather Courses. Enquiries are also welcomed from those who have had some previous experience of traditional leatherwork but students should contact us before booking, so that we can discuss suitability.
Pre-prepared course notes will be provided and students will be supported by two professional leatherwork tutors.
- Essential pattern and maquette making skills
- Bound and piped seams
- Rounded, padded and flat handles
- Butt stitching cylindrical items
- Box stitching
- Fitting pockets and zips
- Fabric and leather linings
How much does it cost?
The course fee is £1,495.00 per person
This is a 7 day intermediate-advanced course running Sunday – Saturday, with a 1 day, untutored, ‘free-workshop’ on the Wednesday.
Please be assured; we never cancel courses – once you have booked we guarantee the course will run.
Are there any other costs?
A spacious workspace and a full tool kit are allocated to each student for use while they’re at the workshop. Pre-prepared course notes are also provided.Tea, coffee and afternoon cakes are provided too but you’ll need to bring along a packed lunch each day.
Please note that leather, hardware and other materials are not included in the course fee and students will be charged for these at the end of the course.
To ensure that everyone gets individual attention we have two tutors providing tuition to small groups of 6 only. This course is run annually, please contact us for suitability and more information.
Where is the course held?
Our 7 day ‘Intensive Leatherwork Course’ is held in a beautiful 19th Century Welsh chapel at the foot of the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, West Wales…. Perfect surroundings to relax and enjoy the course.
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How do I book a place on this course?
Simply click the Book Now button, fill in your details and we will be in touch very shortly with payment instructions, normally via cheque, BACS or Paypal… Book Now
Course dates are:
- OCT 2020 Wed 14th to Tue 20th
- APR 2021 Sun 4th to Sat 10th
- AUG 2021 Sun 8th to Sat 14th
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I cannot recommend this course enough. If you are looking to expand your knowledge and learn knew skills you are in the right place. The level of attention from such a skilled team, ensures you are never in the dark and what Gaynor doesn't know isn't worth knowing! I came away feeling confident I could take my new skills to the next level. I have a folder full of notes and samples of all the stitching techniques learnt to keep referring back to. A fully functioning g pattern and card maquette of the bag I am to complete. A wonderful place, run by wonderful people I simply cannot recommend it enough. I wish I lived more locally so I could keep popping in.
I really enjoyed the intensive course, the place, people and tuition are all excellent. We learnt lots of traditional leatherwork techniques, making samples for future reference.
Intensive is a great description of this action packed course. We each came away with a full folder of samples of every technique we could possibly need to work independently. Attentive tuition ensures fine results, both in design and execution.
Thoroughly enjoyable and excellent value for money.