A small selection of testimonials from past Diamond Awl students.

Highly Recommend One Day Course…

I highly recommend the One-Day course. Not only do you make a lovely small leather item (a note book cover, in my case), you also come away knowing a lot more about the different types of leather, dyeing methods, tools, techniques etc. Jason is friendly, knowledgeable teacher. The studio is light and airy and set in lovely surroundings. I enjoyed my day so much, that I booked the Two-Day course before coming away and will no doubt attend the Three-Day course too! Take the plunge – you will not be disappointed.


What A Great Course…

What a great course so much fun and so much learnt in two days. A bag made and taken home what great value. Jason is a kind and supportive teacher. Throughly recommended.


A really enjoyable and interesting course!

A really enjoyable and interesting course! Jason is an excellent teacher and he has created a wonderful and relaxing space within which to learn. We really enjoyed ourselves over the two days, and came away with two beautiful bags. Cannot recommend this course highly enough for those who want to learn the basics of leather-working or just want an entertaining creative weekend. Thank you Jason!


Not one to write reviews

Not one to write reviews but thought this is worth it. I attended the two days course and had an amazing experience. Jason and Louise created a very friendly atmosphere for learning. I definitely will be back !!


I Will Be Back

The two day course with Jason and Louise was awesome, they have a wonderful workshop, and created a lovely atmosphere to learn and absorb the craft of leather work. I will be back to make a bigger piece, Jason and Louise were so generous with their knowledge and support. Jason’s Fish Goujon sandwich was delicious! I love my bag, I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn more about leather tooling, tying, stitching – the time flew by and we all made something personal and were very proud of our bags.


Brilliant Two Day Course!!

Brilliant 2 day course I really enjoyed this course and cannot recommend it highly enough. The relaxed and informal teaching style made the course a pleasure to attend. No question was too small or was ignored (and I had a few!). There were a number of options for the project and the choices, colours, styles and look of the project were totally mine (advice was given based on many years of experience). The workshop was large and well equipped. When attending the course you need only turn up as everything is supplied. My wife loves the finished handbag. Thank you for a very enjoyable 2 days.


Excellent Two Day Course

“An excellent two day bag making course! Jason and Louise get the balance just right between help and letting you get on with the task. My sister and I came away with wonderful bags and plenty of new skills and knowledge. We can’t recommend it highly enough.”


What a Wonderful Weekend

“What a wonderful weekend! I completed the 2 day course with my daughter, and we are so proud of the matching bags we both made. Jason and Louise pitch the course perfectly for complete novices or those with a little experience. Since the group is so small you receive a lot of 1 to 1 attention when you need it, but are left to progress with each task once you feel confident; there is absolutely no rush, each person works at their own pace. They both go out of their way to make you feel comfortable in their impressive studio located in such a fantastic old mill. As mentioned in many other reviews they are so knowledgeable, patient and have a real passion for the craft they are sharing. I absolutely loved the whole learning experience and would not hesitate to return for the 3 day course.”


Fantastic Course

“Fantastic course – I’m sat admiring my beautiful bag now. I did the two day handbag course and it was fabulous – I enjoyed every aspect of it. I’ve don’t quite a few courses and this has been one of my favourites. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend”


A truly wonderful couple of days

“A truly wonderful couple of days in Jason’s workshop. We were impressed with his careful and considerate teaching and his depth and wealth of knowledge. We love the bags we came home with and can’t quite believe the quality of them. I can’t recommend the courses highly enough. Thanks again, Jason!”


Warm, Friendly, Helpful

“I did the 2 day course with Diamondawl, from the moment we were welcomed to the course both Jason and Louise were warm and friendly, very helpful, nothing was too much trouble and they answered all our questions without making us feel inadequate. I was over the moon with the bag I made and am hoping to carry on with leather work, already thinking of another course for next year! The food was 1st class too with a good choice. I can highly recommend this course to anyone, I had no knowledge before but am feeling confident enough to make gifts for friends and family this Christmas!”


I would recommend to anyone

I did the 2 day course. It was a great experience right from the start. Jason knows his stuff alright, from his introduction through until the completion of my wonderful bag at the end he was inspiring, helpful and patient. His workshop in the old mill is an interesting setting. I would recommend to anyone who wants to learn how to make a quality leather item, give Diamond Awl a try.


Will be booking another course

Lovely workshop and Jason was really knowledgeable and helpful, very enthusiastic about his subject. Will be booking another course as I have now caught the bug.


Beautiful Location

Just completed the two day course and came home buzzing with enthusiasm for leather work. Jason is so helpful and knowledgeable his studio is set in a beautiful location. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Came away with a lovely new handbag that no one believes I hand made!!! Hoping to make a trip back down and attempt the three day course sometime.


Amazing Time

The course was a gift for my 21st birthday. It was the best present I could ever ask for. I had an amazing time and have a wonderful bag to remember it by. Couldn’t recommend it enough!