Group Courses

The next leatherwork courses in Cherry Wood:- July 6/7 2019. Location:- Cherry Wood Project – Near Marshfield, South Gloucestershire (6 miles North of Bath)

To book this course you need to speak to Tim Gatfield on 07921 361484 or email on

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Leatherwork Students

Introduction:- Anyone who loves the outdoors, bush craft, and the greenwood crafts, needs tools, a means of protecting them and a way of carrying them.
So with the premise that you would rather make these things yourself – this is the course to launch your new interest.
There are few leatherwork courses in the UK and certainly none in such a unique environment.
My formal training has come from the tutelage of John Hagger , a third generation leatherworker who was trained in Walsall  as a saddler and bridle maker and has since become a fine teacher of leatherwork and maker of quality leather goods.

Introduction to Leatherwork (if you have done this course see ‘Improvers’ below)
This course is designed to equip you with the basic skills necessary for you to continue developing your craft at home.
It will be a hands-on approach from the start with theory, advice and guidance introduced in small bites throughout the course.
We will be concentrating on the more solid items of leather goods such as cases, belts, sheaths, possibles pouches, tool guards and simple bags rather than fine, delicate items.

* Pattern Making
* Cutting out
* Skiving and Edge Finishing
* Saddle Stitch sewing with linen thread and 2 needles* Setting  Rivets and Fasteners
* Wet form moulding
* Dyeing, finishing and polishing

Projects: On day one everyone will complete a hand sewn purse with press stud, after which you could try a wet formed and dyed leather bowl and/or a wet formed bush knife sheath with belt loop (knife included). These projects gradually build up skill upon skill until at the end of the day you will have learnt some 30 skills.


During day 2 the default project is making one of my unique note books with the tear out pages. This project takes most of the day and repeats most of the learning together with lots of sewing practice. If however you want to  make something of your own design then you will make a pattern for it first and then make it. (please bring any item you intend to make a case for) Please liaise with me before the course so that I know what to expect!

Due to time constraints the project will need to be relatively small and by necessity will exclude gussets and round or square boxes.

Details:- The course costs £225 which includes:-

*2 days tuition starting at 9.30 on Saturday. and 9.00 on Sunday.
*All materials (unless your project requires more than 1.5 sq ft of leather).
*A quality bushcraft knife to take home.
*Free Camping on site with hot shower. (Log cabin available £25 per night)
*2 fabulous vegetarian lunches.
*Home made pizza party on Saturday night.
*A help yourself breakfast, tea’s, coffee’s and cake.

Any luxuries like booze or chocolate you will need to bring yourself – perhaps to share!

Improvers – The next steps

One or two previous students have asked to return for a more advanced course. There is not sufficient demand for a full course as yet so I have deleveloped this theme to help them enjoy the woods and work on more advanced projects. This I will call ‘Leatherwork Improvers’

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You/they – no more than 3 – will book on the intro course at the same price (if this was a dedicated intermediate course it would be £300) but you will start on Friday at 1.30-2pm. I will have set up for the weekend on Friday morning so will be free for the afternoon.

We will plan and start your projects Friday afternoon and evening and you will continue Saturday/Sunday – I will not have much time Saturday morning but will be available for advice and guidance more in the afternoon and Sunday.

If there are 2/3 improvers I will take 2/3 less intro students so I have no more than 6-8 altogether.

To make sure improvers achieve what they want I will liaise with them by e mail prior – so that we can both prepare.

Improvers will be expected to bring there own Leather and as many fixings as possible. Improvers will, by necessity have their own basic tool kit at home as in our experience they will need to complete the project at home.




As an improver Sam  made this bag after only a 1 day starter course six months before!

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