Diamond Awl Workshop presents practical leather courses. All tuition is based around traditional leatherwork skills and you will learn all you need to know about making premium leather goods, from wallets to leather bags. Our leather courses take place in an authentic leather workshop, conveniently situated in Saddleworth, within easy reach of Manchester and Leeds.
Tuition is with founder Jason Stocks-Young who recently featured in the BBC2 Series Saved and Remade and the BBC1 series Made in Great Britain
Our one day and two day gift vouchers make an ideal present. Following purchase, your voucher will be emailed to you as a PDF and personalised with the name of the recipient.
The recipient can then use our online booking system to choose a date and simply enter their unique code provided on the voucher, at the payment page.
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Our ONE DAY LEATHER COURSES focus on making premium small leather goods, such as wallets, notebook holders, card holders and passport holders. The course is designed to teach you all the core basics of traditional leatherwork, including marking and cutting out leather, preparing the leather for hand stitching, saddle stitching by hand, skiving, bevelling and burnishing.
At the end of the day you will have made your very own small leather good, using high quality vegetable tanned leather. No prior experience of leatherwork is necessary.
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On our TWO DAY LEATHER BAG MAKING COURSE you will have the choice of making either a messenger bag, tote bag or postal bag. No prior leatherwork experience is needed as you will learn all the core leatherwork skills as on the one day course, plus additional techniques that are relevant to the more complex process of leather bag making.
You will leave the course having made your very own bag using high quality vegetable tanned leather and metal fixings.
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Introducing our new 3 DAY BACK PACK COURSE for those who are looking for a more complex and in-depth project. Learn how to make a stunning leather back pack in high quality vegetable tan leather. You will be taken through the bag making process from start to finish, using traditional skills and hand stitching. This course is suitable for beginners or those who already have leatherwork skills.
You will leave the course having made your very own bag. The course price includes leather, fixings, use of tools, lunch and coffee/tea.
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If you’d like to develop your leatherwork skills on a one-to-one basis then our one-to-one leatherwork tuition could be just right for you. The day/s will be tailored to your individual needs and take place in our authentic leather workshop which allows plenty space for social distancing. You will learn in a friendly relaxed and professional environment with all leather and tools provided.
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Here at Diamond Awl Leather Workshop sharing our passion for teaching and leatherwork is our raison d’etre, so it was a real pleasure to be interviewed by www.craftcourses.com. I hope it gives a bit more insight into my own methods and practice and my leatherwork journey.
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A big thank you to Jason and Louise for a fantastic two day leather bag course. The course was a Christmas present from my husband. I had never done any leather bag making before and I found the course brilliant and I got to take away with me a beautiful leather bag which I will treasure. Jason has so much knowledge and experience and made the experience both fun and rewarding. He is very inspirational when he talks about his journey to starting his business. The atmosphere in the workshop was very relaxed and the music was fab. Lunch provided was superb too. Jason and Louise were so patient and helpful and nothing was too much trouble. I can’t recommend this course enough and I hope to come back and do another course soon. Please please think about doing a course to make a clutch bag!
“I attended this course in March 2020 and cannot praise it highly enough. I’m a dressmaker as a hobby and am always striving to learn something new. Jason is very passionate about what he does and shares his knowledge so well. You work at your own pace and individual instruction is given. Our time with him was fascinating, we learned so much about leather as well as how to make our bags. I am so critical now when i look at leather goods in the shops. Thank you Jason for opening my eyes and giving me a whole new skill to expore.”
“A fantastic 2 days. I attended the course with my Father and we both enjoyed it immensely and have been telling everyone about it. We both love the bags we have made and have had loads of compliments. Neither of us really knew what to expect and Jason and Louise did everything to make our experience a great one. I would encourage anyone to give this a try and be really impressed with what they will help you to achieve. I certainly was and now I just need to decide on the next project…”
“Thanks to you both for an amazing time over the last two days. I learnt so much about your craft and also even more about myself. Life changing might sound a bit strong, but yes I do think that those two days, the beautiful messenger bag you helped me make, and those skills are something that will remain with me.”
“I attended this course in March 2020 and cannot praise it highly enough. I’m a dressmaker as a hobby and am always striving to learn something new.
Jason is very passionate about what he does and shares his knowledge so well. You work at your own pace and individual instruction is given.
Our time with him was fascinating, we learned so much about leather as well as how to make our bags. I am so critical now when i look at leather goods in the shops.
Thank you Jason for opening my eyes and giving me a whole new skill to explore.”
“Oh what a fabulous day. I learned so much and produced a really high quality, professional looking item in just one day. Jason explained everything really clearly and was very patient. I am definitely going to book the two day course next. It was really worthwhile to learn this new skill and it’s associated techniques. Thank you so much. See you again soon. “
“Don’t hesitate to book! I feel like I’ve really learned a skill having done this course and I’ve got a great, professional-looking bag out of it too! I’m glad I did the 2 day course as well because I feel my hand-stitching improved a lot on the 2nd day. As others have said, Jason is a natural teacher and you really feel his passion for his craft.”
“The 2 day course exceeded my expectations in all areas. A beautiful, inspiring work space, a choice of projects, a choice of leathers, a fabulous teacher all combined to ensure I left with a host of new skills, a new hobby, and a messenger bag that I am exceptionally proud of, and which looks highly professional. I’ve already had compliments about it, no one can believe I made it (myself included!) and I know that it will still look as good in years to come. I have no hesitation in recommending, and I’m already planning on attending the tote bag course. Thank you Jason, this is the best craft course experience I’ve had. See you again soon I hope.”
“E X C E L L E N T !!! I was there for 4 days and I had an amazing time. Far above the expectation. I left with 3 beautiful leather items and plenty of knowledges about leathers, tools, techniques, … From the first moment you can realize how passionated is Jason about his job and how much he enjoys sharing his knowledge. He was really patient and helpful, and he even answered me a thousand questions I had. It’s a hands-on workshop where you get to learn and to do the entire process by yourself, with Jason’s help. I don’t like courses where you only sit and watch, definitely Jason’s course is far from that. I really enjoy it and I would highly recommend it without hesitation to anyone who is interested in leather and handcrafts.”
Fancy a change for your company away day? – why not try a one day leather course for your team. Our leather courses take place in an authentic leather workshop, conveniently situated in Saddleworth, within easy reach of Manchester and Leeds.
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Some Diamond Awl Leather Workshop students show their finished leather products from our one day, two day & three day leather courses. Join us and learn to make a small leather good or a leather bag from start to finish, using traditional leatherwork skills.
Affordable option for a ready to use Large Manual Clicker Press. Helps you to work with no noise and minimal pressure to press or punch small leather goods. Easy to use and sits nicely on a work surface.
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