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Built in 1802 the site of the Royal Ordnance Depot is the new home of Leather Craft Workshop Days occupying Building 74 at the Depot from October 2021, having moved from London.

This wonderful large Depot site with plenty of free parking, is steeped in history dating back just prior to the Napoleonic wars. Originally built and used to store and repair small arms and cannon with a canal still running through the middle of the site branched from the Grand Union Canal originally used for transporting the ordnance from London. 

It’s now a fabulous location to lots of independent businesses and now me, Leather Craft Workshop Days.

If you're staying overnight, the two closet places to stay within walking distance of my Workshop are the Heart of England Weedon by Marstons Inn (NN7 4QD) and the Cross Roads by Greene King Inns (NN7 4PX).

Also only a 15min drive away is that offer 3 very unique cottages in the heart of Braunston village (some are also dog friendly)

You'll also find a number of Premier Inns and Travelodge's also nearby.

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. 
On all of my Workshops and Courses you'll be using the highest quality leather and I've designed all of the hand cut and saddle stitched items you make, with a timeless stylish look, and also to be as commercially viable as possible for you if you then went on to start a small leather business having attended my workshop... and people have, which is always great to see. 
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 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 each month.
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 around England where you can buy leather along with suppliers of hand tools and hardware accessories.
When you book, the workshop will go ahead even if it's just yourself, with a maximum of three people. You'll be fully guided throughout your workshop course.
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) We also have a microwave.
The nearest food shop is only a couple of minutes drive away at the Budgen Shop at the BP petrol station on the A5 almost opposite the A5 exit road to the Workshop. It has a Costa Express Machine and the shop also sells cold drinks, hot pizzas, pasties, sausage rolls sandwiches and pastries along with all the usual snacks.
Getting Here;
By Road
The M1 is the nearest motorway, just turn off at J16 and then a short trip along the A45 to the Depot.
If coming from the South then alternatively you may find the M40 quicker, turn off at J10 then onto the A43 and then the A5.
(estimated driving time from London is 1hr 30-40)
By Train
(Example) London Euston to Northampton Train Station is 55 minutes. There is a Taxi Rank outside Northampton Station and its about 10 miles, 2o minute taxi ride to The Depot, NN7 4PSA. Quicker than driving!
Or you can also visit for telephone numbers of the taxi companies operating from the Station.



Please read my Micro Craft Business Refund Policy.


A full Refund if requested will 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 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.

We are fully GDPR compliant.
I hope to see you soon.
Richard Williamson
Leather Craft Workshop Days
Building 74, The Royal Ordnance Depot,
Bridge Street, Weedon Bec,
Northamptonshire, NN7 4PS
Royal Ordnance Depot