Bespoke Courses

Bespoke courses are based around a specific project you want to accomplish or around your circumstances.

Because will will be focusing on the completion of the agreed project it may mean that we will not cover every skill that is covered in the Introduction course.

Flacket – water bottle

Some examples are:-

  1. Flacket- medieval leather water bottle lined with beeswax
  2. Cross body Midi bag
  3. Dog collars and leads
  4. Possibles pouch and bushcraft knife with sheath
  5. Trug / open tool bag
  6. 3rd wedding anniversary experience day for you both.
  7. Archery Quiver
Collars and Leads

Below are a couple of examples of how bespoke courses can be created:-

Example 1:- A two day course for one person

I recently had a lovely lady over from Belfast for a weekend course in Tewkesbury.

Deirdre is a practicing Kendo exponent wanting to make a Bogu , a bag to hold her protective clothing, helmet and gloves. Whilst this was too ambitious for a 2 day course she did get plenty done over the packed 2 days.

We started with the brown purse followed by the molded leaf bowl then the belt. The bag was started Saturday afternoon and Deirdre


finished sewing it in the evening. The clasp is just a heavy weight to keep the bag closed and is a Tsuba – the part of a Kendo sword just above the handle to protect the hand.

Thinking of her young son – but not being able to take a knife on the flight back to Belfast –  I whittled a play knife from Hazel for Deirdre to make a sheath for. A tan coloured credit card holder (middle left in pic) for hubby Brian and the turquoise secret braid bracelet for her daughter meant that she had made 7 items in 2 days and took away all the skills she will ever need.

Within 4 days of returning home Deirdre had made 2 more bags and a purse for her Mum even though she did not have her proper tools delivered by then. She is now confident that her ambition of the Bogu Bag is within her grasp.  (it is now complete click here to take a look)

She will be a star maker !!!!

Upon her return home Deirdre sent me this kind e mail:- “Many thanks for everything this weekend. I am 100% satisfied with the course and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to anyone. Your teaching is very organised without feeling rushed and we packed in more than I could have thought possible”

Another student, Andy, said “Just wanted to say  a big thank you for today.  I really appreciated the considerable time and effort you clearly made to tailor the activities with me in mind.  The projects were ideal and inspired.  It’s especially nice to work with someone who so clearly enjoys what he is doing.”

And Joe, a school headmaster, said “Regarding the teaching, I thought you had a good balance with the theory and practical.  I never felt rushed and the work was challenging, interesting and fun.  I know teaching adults can be more difficult than children, but you put me at my ease from the start, and as I said, your obvious enthusiasm for the work was inspiring and spurred me on.”

Make a trug/tool bag

Example 2:- A one day course for two people

Megan contacted me to see if she could book a course for her partner Alex’s 19th birthday so that he could make the leather covered notebook that he had always desired. After some discussion we planned and arranged a specific one day course, actually on his birthday!, for them both to spend the day making a purse and molded leather bowl in the morning to learn the basics and then to complete their note books in the afternoon.

The next day Megan e mailed me with this:- “I can’t thank you enough for such an excellent day and awesome learning experience. I am so proud of what we accomplished”

she continued “I can’t tell you how much we are enjoying our note books ! And my purse now holds my Oyster card!