Sunday, April 17, 2005

Leather Craft recommended Courses

All of the short course providers on my site can be relied on to provide training. If they could not they would not be in business. The following are a few I personally know and can recommend. Starting with the UK:

The Leathercraft Workshop. 27 Norwich Road, Thelveton, Diss Norfolk. IP21 4NG. Contact: John Temple. Tel: 01379-740845. E-mail: John Temple who has considerable experience as a Lecturer & Trainer.

Leatherwork Courses At The Workshop, 37 Silver Street, Tetbury, Glos. GL8 8DL. UK. Tel/Fax: 01666502179. Email: Valerie &Neil offer a wide selection of Leathergoods Craft Courses, ranging from: Week ends, 5, 4, or 3 days. Subjects covered: Hand Stitched Leathergoods, molded Leather Flowers, Small Leathergoods, Restoration & Repair, Bag Design, Decorated Leather etc. Contact them for further information. (Background: Valerie Michael is a talented Designer/Artisan. Neil MacGregor is an accomplished Craftsman.

Mr. Peter Wall. Tel: 01379-783581 Gislingham Suffolk. UK. Peter is an old colleague of mine from industry & Cordwainers, he is an outstanding craftsman. He takes private students & offers short Leather Craft courses which are based in Suffolk. (This is one of the few places where it is still possible to learn traditional Leathergoods Skills from a practicing exponents of the craft).

For Those Based in America I suggest you contact:

Ross Saddlery & Harness. St jo, Indiana 46785. USA. E-mail: Contact: Ron Ross, Craftsman/Artisan. A highly experienced Saddler who also produces Leathergoods. A picture sequence on his site demonstrates Hand Stitching. Examples of Ron's award winning Tooling/carving are shown. Patterns & designs are also available for purchase Ron has now started his training program & is offering a 24 hr course split into 2 hours per week for 12 weeks for locally based students. Or a 3 day course of 8 hours per day for those coming from further afield. Both these courses involve the Sheridan Leather Carving Technique. There is also a Three week course of 5 & a half days involving the production of 'Western Saddles' which also includes the carving that Ron is renowned for. Accommodation is available in the nearby town of Auburn. For further information contact him at,

If You can't access any of the above then visit my site at: http://www, and under the cave painting on my home page scroll the 'Membership Categories' Section click on; 'Leather Craft & Industry, Education & Training' All the courses that I have got information on are given under that heading. There are some college courses listed as well but you will need to check on what they are currently offering as courses change or discontinue due to current demands.


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