June 2021 Update:
Following the Government's new 'roadmap' we can now happily announce that I reopened the Leather Workshops in May 2021. I'm also extremely excited to announce that I have moved into a new Perivale London Studio which is three times the size of my old Workshop, and now operating with a maximum of 2 students per Workshop.
This means that you will have your own workstation and even when we are fully booked there will be a minimum distance between each student of 5.5 metres (18 feet).
It also has fabulous natural light and through ventilation via double aspect windows on the first floor.
You'll have your own hand sanitisers and as before, you’ll have your own set of tools to use which are sanitised after each workshop.
I am regularly monitoring the Government Covid Guidance and will update you nearer to your Workshop/Course date.
Your teacher Richard (me), has also received his two vaccinations, and takes the Rapid Flow Test prior to each Workshop/Course, and I'll be wearing a face visor.
Leather Craft Workshop Days are designed to be all about You... getting hands on and making is what its all about here with a selection of workshops with no hidden extra costs.
My leather workshop days also make a great Gift experience anytime of year for that person in your life looking to try something new. (You can either book a Workshop date and add a message that you'd like a Gift Certificate. Or alternatively if you don't know what date your maker can attend, then just go to our Shop page and purchase a Gift Certificate that we can either have posted or emailed to you for free, remember to select the Free postage dropdown at checkout) Please note the Gift Certificates are non refundable and only redeemable against a Workshop and we ask that they are used within 1 year of purchase.
My Leather Workshop days are geared for people with some, to no experience of working with, and Saddle Stitching vegetable tanned leathers of various thicknesses. Please have a look at our Platinum Awarded Craftcourses UK reviews on our homepage and Reviews page which give a great insight into what you can expect by booking one of our maker workshops. I'm an independent teaching maker workshop with a growing maker community. Bringing the traditional handmade skills of leather working to you. You'll learn about all the various Leather types, the Tools and the Process, and where to buy your leather, tools and hardware. Each of my maker Workshops are tailored so you'll come away with your very own hand stitched leather item from your workshop session.
Have a dip into our Gallery, Blog and Testimonials for all the recent makers workshop classes results that you could also be making. Leather Craft Workshop Days is also on instagram and a Facebook Page, give me a follow if you like and see what people are making.
The workshops are also great if you work with fabrics and want to know more about working with and combining leather with your materials, bags etc and at the end of each workshop everyone receives an info pack of the various Leather Merchants in and around London where you can buy leather along with suppliers of hand tools and hardware accessories.
The workshops are kept to a maximum of three people (over 18's only) depending on whats being made. When you book, the workshop will go ahead even if it's just yourself. You'll be fully guided throughout your workshop course in Perivale, West London.
You'll also be encouraged to practice first on off-cuts of leather to build your confidence in using the traditional leather working hand tools.
Leather Craft Workshop Days was founded by Richard Williamson, a commercial leathersmith maker/designer and a small select client list for over 12 years and teaching these very popular Leather Workshops since 2017. The Leather Craft Workshops day courses are all run from Richard's workshop where you'll be making your very own premium leather goods.
The Workshops cover all the key essential basics of working with Leather so you'll be cutting, stitch line marking and hole punching, burnishing edges, thread waxing and final traditional method of Saddle Stitching where you use one thread with a needle at each end. If any of that makes no sense to you don't worry at all, it's just the process in making your own handmade leather goods and you'll be guided at each stage during your workshop session.
Plenty of teas/coffees and biscuits are provided during your workshop class. (If you have any specific dietary needs, please bring them along)
Getting here -
Car & Motorcycle, We are located just outside the London ULEZ and have On-site parking which is free. Or also at Perivale tube Station NCP Car Park at UB6 8AE and is £4.50 per day. Cycling, we have secure storage.
Tube, nearest station is Perivale on the Central Line and our Workshop is an 8-10 minute walk away.
Or Alperton on the Piccadilly Line, then get the 297 Bus heading towards Ealing Broadway. Get off at Aintree Rd (takes 5 minutes) then a 10 minute walk to the Workshop. Or get an Uber from Alperton tube station.
If you're travelling from further afield and are looking for somewhere to stay the night before your Leather Workshop, the nearest Hotel to our Workshop is;
Please read my Micro Craft Business Refund Policy.
A full Refund if requested will only be issued anytime up to 14 days prior to your booked Workshop or Course date.
This will effectively allow me just 13 days in which to re advertise and try and fill your cancelled and refunded space.
If you realise for any reason you cannot attend your Workshop or Course date between the 13 days prior to your booked date, then I will happily work with you to arrange a mutually agreeable date to reschedule your Leather Workshop or Course.
Full refunds are only issued prior to 14 days before your Workshop/Course date.
Behind the scenes there is a lot of pre preparation, visiting Leather Merchants to personally select my leathers for you, and hardware purchasing to enable running my Workshops & Courses for you, which is why I need the 14 days notice.