This three day course will introduce you to the craft of belt making as well as giving you an understanding of leathers and tools.
This workshop-based course will introduce students to skills used in bridlework. During this short course students with little or no experience of leatherwork will be taught leatherworking skills by making a leather belt which can be of varying design.
Students will learn how to cut a leather strap accurately and use decorative tooling, hand dyeing and finishing. Students will also understand about belt hardware and how it is fitted. Most students come away with two belts and will have practiced a variety of techniques with emphasis on hands-on application such as:
Cutting leather straps
Burnishing and creasing cut edges
Punching holes ready for buckles
Making and fitting keepers
Finishing and polishing
By the end of the course, students will have:
- Learnt about different types of leathers and their different uses
- Learnt about various tools, materials and techniques
- Learnt how to cut and hole punch vegetable tanned leather
- Learnt how to hand stitch and machine sew leather
- Learnt how to personalise or pattern leather by stamping and carving
- Learnt how to apply professional edge finishing and polishing using leather dyes for edges and cover
Students will use vegetable tanned leather to make a belt using traditional leather craft techniques. There will be leather and buckles to buy but you are welcome to bring your own leather and buckle. Students can choose to make dog collars instead of belts.
This is a hands on course with advice and guidance throughout using a variety of teaching methods including demonstration, instructions, one-to-one tutorial guidance, group discussions and critiques.
Dates: 31.07.17 - 02.08.17
Day: Monday to Wednesday, 10.00 - 16.00
Duration: 3 days