Intensive Leatherwork Course – Back for 2024

Description – Intensive Leatherwork Course

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.

Leatherwork Tools

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 –  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 fast-paced and is suited to those who wish to advance their leatherwork skills in a short space of time.  The course 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

  • 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

Intensive Leatherwork Course - Piercing on the Block

Leather TubeHow 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 day’ on the Wednesday (Day 4).

Are there any other costs?

A full tool kit is 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 a limit of 3 students on this course. The course is run annually. Please contact us for suitability and more information.

Leather Bag

Where is the course held?

Our 7 day ‘Intensive Leatherwork Course’ is held at our workshop in the picturesque Georgian town of Aberaeron in Ceredigion, West Wales…. Perfect surroundings to relax and enjoy the course.

Where Can I Stay?

Aberaeon town has a good choice of B&B’s, many just a short walk from the workshop.

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:

  • AUG 2024 Sun 4th to Sat 10th
  • NOV 2024 Sun 10th to Sat 16th
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Intensive Leatherwork Course
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 6 reviews
 by Paula Eastman

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.

 by Jo

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.
Highly recommended

 by Alison

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.
Highly recommended.

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