Course Information

COURSE INFORMATION

Basic Leatherwork

Suitable for the absolute beginner wherever their interest may lie. E.g. Horses, dogs, belt making etc.

Students will learn:
  • Hand stitching using traditional methods
  • Care and maintenance of tools
  • Safe working practices
  • To distinguish differing cuts of leather and correct choice for the job in hand. Also what to look for when choosing a leather hide.
  • Choice and use of differing threads and needles
  • The correct choice of hardware (e.g. Buckles).
  • Cutting, preparing and finishing leather from the beginning to end of a project.

In addition advice on purchasing tools and materials and setting up a workplace. Any aspect of saddlery and/or leatherwork that students wish to discuss will be accommodated, time permitting.

By the end of the week, each student will leave with an item of leatherwork made by themselves. In the case of students whose interest are equestrian, this is generally a cavason bridle.

Cost: £390 per person

Basic Leatherwork Modules

For those who cannot attend a weeks course, the Basic Leatherwork course has been broken down into two modules of two days each. Module 1 is ideal for those wishing to ‘try their hand at leatherwork’. From 2015 these modules will be run along side the Basic Leatherwork course.

Module 1

Covers all the points set out in the Basic Course description with the exception that there will not be a final project where the skills learnt are put into practice.

Module 2

In this module, the skills learnt in Module 1 are put into practice by completing a project. If you wish to continue to develop your skills it is important to complete this module as it gives an insight into the complete processes involved in putting together a project.

These modules are fairly intensive and students must be prepared to start on time and put in a full day’s work. If at all possible it is recommended that students attend the week’s course. It has been our experience that many students tend to forget what has been taught in Module 1 when attending Module 2 and much time is spent recapping.

Cost: £200 per module per person

Intermediate Leatherwork

Suitable for those wishing to expand their skills. Students for this course should have attended the basic course or have a basic knowledge of leatherwork. (e.g. Cut, prepare and finish an item).

Subjects covered are:-

  • Pattern making
  • Various types of reins
  • Rolled, raised and padded work
  • Fancy browbands (e.g. Clinchers, plaited)
  • How to measure for a made to measure bridle
  • Costing projects

Any aspect of saddlery and/or leatherwork that students wish to discuss will be accommodated, time permitting. Students may also bring their own repairs for advice. All that has been learnt is brought together in a project which incorporates the skills learnt during the week. For equestrian students, this is generally a head collar with rolled throat and padded head and nose.

Cost: £400 per person

Saddle Repair and Re-Flocking

As from 2017, this course will be run over 3 days. Saddler’s Den is now a recognised training facility for students wishing to prepare for the Saddle Re-flocking exam which is now a requirement for any saddle fitter or those wishing to upgrade to Master Saddler.

The course will follow the syllabus set down by the Society of Master Saddlers, copies of the handbook can be obtained by visiting their website.  The course is still open to persons just wishing to learn more about the repair and re-flocking of saddles.

Please note that the actual exam will still need to be taken at the Saddlery Training Centre in Salisbury.

Subjects covered are:-

  • Saddle construction and various types of trees used
  • Various types of flocking and their attributes
  • Various types of saddle panels, removing and replacing panels
  • Stripping out and re-flocking panel
  • Taking templates of horses backs
  • If required a day saddle fitting at a stables can be arranged.

Students are encouraged to bring 2 saddles to work on during the course.

Cost: £280 per person

Bag Making

This course will cover the principles of making bags and satchels. Suitable for the absolute.

Subjects covered are:-

  • Hand Stitching using traditional methods
  • Making straps (Often needed on bags)
  • Choice and use of different threads and needles
  • Correct choice of hardware (e.g. Buckles, Fastenings etc)
  • Cutting, preparing and finishing leather from the beginning to end of a project.
  • Making patterns for bags

In addition advice on purchasing tools and materials and setting up a workplace. Any aspect of leatherwork that students wish to discuss will be accommodated, time permitting.

By the end of the week, each student will leave with a completed satchel made by themselves.

Cost: £400 per person

Booking Form

If you wish to attend one of our courses, you will need to download and fill in the the booking form.