In one day you will learn how to make your own belt from naturally tanned leather. Activities will include:
  • Choosing the right leather for the job,
  • Creating and working with patterns,
  • Leather product design,
  • Use of tools,
  • Cutting leather,
  • Skiving leather,
  • Burnishing leather,
  • Belt making,
  • Riveting,
  • Hand stitching,
  • Edge Dying leathers,
  • Finishes and preservatives for leather.

Please bring your own apron, a notepad and writing materials. Please make sure you wear long trouser, long-sleeved tops and closed toe shoes.

This is the perfect course for beginners wanting to explore the techniques and methods of leather-work. 


Course Leader: Martin Brady

Having retired from a 40 year very successful career in the music business as a guitar player and latterly as CEO and Managing Director of the guitar manufacturing giant, Fender, Martin moved back to the UK following a 6 year period living in Sardinia. He decided that he wanted a more earthy existence and decided to acquire a manual skill. He has always been interested in leather so decided to retrain as a leather worker. For the last 8 years, he has been running a successful leather making business, Artisan, on Dartmoor in the lovely town of Chagford. He can be seen constantly making high end leather belts, country and travel bags, dog accessories, purses and wallets belt bags and belt pouches and many varied commission projects in his studio /shop. He also undertakes leather repairs. 'It is such a great thing to be able to take the time to make desirable and useable products from natural materials. You can't rush great leather work!'


Course times: 9.30am - 5pm

Includes a delicious organic & seasonal lunch.