Diamond Awl Leather Course: Leather Course Reviews

***** BY WENDY

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 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.

***** BY COLE

This is a really enjoyable course! Had a great day and Jason provided a really nice environment to learn in. Can’t believe how he managed to get us from little to no knowledge to making something great! Highly recommend!


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!

***** BY LES & JILL

We had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend making leather handbags. After a short introduction to leatherwork, we were guided by Jason at every stage and produced top quality products to take home. Definitely thinking about taking another course at the same venue in the future.

***** BY JOHN

Absolutely fantastic course. The explanations and tutoring given is brilliant. If you are thinking about going into leather working whether as a hobby or change in job. I cannot recommend this course highly enough.
I finished the day with a professional looking made pencil case, which I had made.
Completely pleased & delighted to have done the course.

***** BY MARK

Very enjoyable and informative course. Jason is generous with his time and knowledge. Recommend this course to anyone interested in learning about leather work in a very nice well equipped studio space and with a genuine talented and great guy.

***** BY CHLOE

Thoroughly enjoyed this course, I hadn’t had any experience in leather work and I was looking for a course that could teach me all of the necessary skills to create leather products. This course did just that and more! It was so professionally done and Jason was great at teaching his passion, making everything look so easy. The quality of the leather and tools are of an excellent standard and the whole setup is perfect. I’m really happy with the bag I’ve made and couldn’t quite believe I’d done it all by hand! I would 100% recommend and I’ll be going back for more tips and tricks.

***** BY CLIFF

I have just attended the two day course. Both Jason and his wife Louise are two of the nicest people you could wish to meet. The course was brilliant I didn’t think I would learn so much in such a short space of time. I will be back in the future for an even more advanced course. Thanks again Jason it was a pleasure meeting you.


If you are thinking of doing a leather work course, this is the one for you. Whether you are looking to just have some fun with a new craft or you want to change career you will learn everything you need from the very knowledgeable Jason. He is an excellent teacher and the spacious workshop is filled with all the tools and accessories you could ever need. In terms of COVID 19, there is plenty of space, your own hand sanitiser and tools, lunch and drinks are still provided in a hygienic way. I was a complete novice and came home with a fantastic bag that has been much admired.

***** BY ALEX

I’d fantasised about learning how to make my own leather goods by hand using traditional methods for some time! I’d been watching YouTube videos and looking at purchasing starter kits online, but I really had no idea where to start or if I’d even enjoy it as much as I thought I would…
So when I saw Jason’s course advertised I thought win-win! Have a go, learn some basics, get advice, see if I like it, and worse case scenario I’ve got a fab new bag!
In a nutshell I loved it all and I learned so much. Even when I was getting frustrated with myself Jason managed to turn it around and I learnt even more through my mistakes as he showed me ways to prevent them in the future.
The setting of his studio was also great and created a really lovely atmosphere.

I’m so pleased I decided to do the course, and whenever I use the bag I’m blown away by the positive reactions I get to it!
Can’t recommend highly enough 🙂

***** BY LIAM

Fantastic day still cant believe i managed to make what i did.

***** BY HELEN

I attended this course with my friend in March, we did the 2 day course and it was fantastic, I’ve attended quite a few courses over the last 12 months and this was my far the best. I have made bags before but never used leather so was keen to have a go.
Jason was so knowledgeable, patient and made sure we both finished our bags in the 2 days (we both picked the most difficult but are dressmakers and used to working with fabric). I would recommend this course to anyone with an interest in leather work and a desire to expand your skill level. I would definitely attend another one of Jason’s workshops.

***** BY LISA

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.

***** BY HELEN

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!

***** BY PAUL

I had a fantastic three days being taught by Jason in his incredible workshop. He is a great teacher: knowledgeable, patient and encouraging – and a pleasure to spend time with. Going from having no idea to walking out with a backpack made with my own hands felt like it could be a challenge, but Jason guides you patiently through the process, builds your confidence and then allows you to work alone, but there whenever you need him. He’s generous with his knowledge (and tea and biscuits) and enthusiastic about his trade. The end result was a beautiful piece of leathercraft of which I am very proud, and it’s thanks to Jason that I am now raring to go solo on projects of my own. This review wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Jason’s workshop. It’s in an old cotton mill, and is an inspiring place in which to work, surrounded by great tools, made pieces, vintage gear and curios, in a warm, well-equipped space. You feel like a craftsperson the moment you put on your apron. He plays great music too. Just need to work out how I can get back there to continue the journey. Thanks Jason.


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. So well worth the 3 hour round trip in atrocious weather!


I have attended a few leatherwork courses over the past few years so am not a novice, but this course was by far the most intuitive and more importantly the most fun!! My intention is to start producing and selling leather goods through my clothing store and Jason was very supportive and eager to hear all of my plans. He was very quick to offer lots of advice and recommendations tailored to my needs. I did not expect that as my previous experience is that Leatherwork instructors are very reserved and guarded of any possible competition.
I would recommend this course for novice and experienced leatherworkers alike. The best bit is I managed to produce a stunning satchel within the limited time we had available but still learnt an incredible amount. Thanks Jason I most definitely intend to attend more of your courses. Best, Julian


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. Michelle

***** BY STEVE

What a fantastic way to spend a couple of days … Jason is a great teacher and has a wonderful outlook on life that he brings to the class. The course was a great mix of interesting background and theory, followed up with hands-on working. Jason explained things clearly and then allowed the students to get stuck in. He was always around to provide assistance where needed. A well paced course saw us creating well made items, that we were all proud to take away.
I will definitely be staying in contact, and heading back for more learning with this great teacher.