I'll start by guiding you through the basic skills of measuring, cutting, edging, creasing and stitching leather whilst teaching you something of the rich history of english tanning and saddlery. I will teach you how to saddle stitch, using the clams, awl and two needles, and all the while I'll keep you supplied with drinks and snacks. The second half of your time will be dedicated to making your own piece where you can choose the belt size, leather colour and buckle type such that you'll end up with a truly unique and lasting souvenir of the day that you, or a special friend or relative will cherish for years to come. (Please don't feel bound by the times and dates on this site, contact me and I can usually be pretty flexible.)
I'll provide a range of hot and cold drinks and light snacks but, if you have any special requests, do let me know.
I'll supply all the tools, leather and buckles that you'll need as well as an apron and gloves to keep you clean as some…
The class will be conducted in my workshop situated in the garden of my home located in the heart of the New Forest National Park. The dates and times on the booking form needn't be as fixed as they appear, please message me and I will do my best to fit in with your plans.
Please bring your own lunch if required.
There is no need for any prior experience but the stitching does require reasonable dexterity and strength so I would suggest this is experience is for older teenagers and adults only. Please don't feel bound by the times and dates on this site, contact me and I can usually be pretty flexible.
Craft a handmade leather belt