Welcome to Diamond Awl Leather Workshop, where we offer hands-on leather courses that cover a range of traditional leatherwork skills. Our practical leather courses are perfect for those looking to make small leather goods and leather bag making.

Located in Saddleworth, our authentic leather workshop is within easy reach of Manchester and Leeds, making it convenient for those looking to attend our courses. Taught by our founder, Jason Stocks-Young, a skilled craftsman and member of The Guild of Master Craftsmen, you can expect to learn everything you need to know about traditional leatherwork.

With Jason’s recent features on BBC2’s “Saved and Remade” and BBC1’s “Made in Great Britain,” you can trust that you’ll be learning from  a passionate and dedicated leatherworker. Join us at Diamond Awl Workshop and discover the beauty of traditional leatherwork.

If you’re looking for an intensive leatherwork course where you can immerse yourself in skills and making our SEVEN DAY LEATHER COURSE is the one for you. Throughout the course you’ll gain in-depth knowledge of leather types and tools, a comprehensive selection of key traditional skills including pattern cutting, hand stitching, dyeing, finishing, strap cutting, fixing and riveting, forming and skiving. Over the duration of the course you’ll make a selection of items that allow you to implement the skills learnt, using Italian vegetable tanned leather. The course is ideal for beginners to intermediate and for those who enjoy an in-depth and focussed experience.  Please send me an email to find out more here

Our intensive FOUR DAY LEATHER OVERNIGHT BAG COURSE is perfect for anyone seeking a more in-depth experience. Prior to the course, you will have the opportunity to select your preferred leather colour from a variety of Italian vegetable-tanned leathers. Throughout the course, you will acquire advanced techniques, such as skiving and various fixing settings, as well as a comprehensive range of traditional leatherwork skills. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced leatherworker, this course is designed to cater to your needs. Find out more here

If you’re seeking a challenging and comprehensive project, our THREE DAY LEATHER BACKPACK COURSE is perfect for you. Throughout the course, you’ll gain expertise in crafting a beautiful leather backpack using high-quality, vegetable-tanned leather. From start to finish, you’ll be guided through the entire bag-making process, utilizing traditional techniques and hand-stitching. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced leatherworker, this course is an excellent fit for you. Find out more here

Join our TWO DAY LEATHER BAG MAKING COURSE and hand stitch your own messenger bag, saddle bag or box bag using high-quality Italian vegetable tanned leather. No prior leatherwork experience is necessary as you will acquire all the essential skills required for leather bag making during the course. Along with the core leatherwork skills taught in our one-day course, you will also learn additional techniques necessary for the intricate process of leather bag making. Find out more here

Our ONE DAY LEATHER COURSE, centers on the creation of small leather goods including, notebook holders, card holders, and passport holders. It is expertly crafted to provide a comprehensive introduction to leatherworking, teaching all the essential skills of traditional leathercraft, such as leather marking and cutting, preparing for hand stitching, saddle stitching by hand, bevelling, burnishing, and finishing. Find out more here

Looking for the perfect gift? Consider our LEATHER COURSE GIFT VOUCHERS.  Our One Day, Two Day, Three Day, or Four Day gift vouchers are an ideal present for any occasion. Once you purchase a gift voucher, you’ll receive a personalized PDF via email. The recipient can then use their unique code to book a course at their convenience using our online booking system. Learn more about our leather course gift vouchers here

If you have a preference for learning in a ONE-TO-ONE setting, then this option may be suitable for you. This approach enables you to fully engage in your leatherwork under the expert guidance of our Founder, Jason Stocks-Young. Our one-to-one leather workshops are tailored to your specific needs and can address a diverse range of requirements. To learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the link here

If you’re looking for engaging and tailored offsite leather workshops, corporate entertaining, press events, or a structured training programme Diamond Awl Leather Workshop has got you covered. We’ve collaborated with a varied range of organisations and events including the Social Development Bank in Riyadh,  Liverpool John Moore University, Societe Generale, RHS Chatsworth, The Ruskin at Lancaster Castle, The Festival of Making in Blackburn, Timberland and DS Automobile at Rock Oyster Festival.  To see more click here


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