Introduction to Leather with Bonner Leather – 17th,18th & 19th September 2021

Introduction to Leather work with Bonner Leather 17th , 18th & 19th September 2021

About Bonner Leather

With backgrounds in sculpture and librarianship we established our workshop in 2014 and launched Bonner Leather Studio at the Contemporary Craft Festival in 2015; and currently work out of our studio 4 miles north of Cirencester.

Largely self taught we use traditional leather working techniques and hand tools to fashion our work. Concentrating on simple form and design, we create contemporary pieces of function and utility. Utility being “the quality of practical use; the ability of a commodity to satisfy human wants” [the Collins Concise Dictionary]

We also incorporate other materials into our work such as combining leather and plywood, extruded aluminium and felt into our designs.

“The use of leather and the simplicity of design really capture the properties of the leather. I always have a theory, the simpler the design, the harder it is to achieve a beautiful object. There is really no where to hide. Bonner Studio seem to achieve creativity, simplicity and true craftsmanship in every piece”. Keith Brymer-Jones
(selected as one of his top 5 for Craft Festival Cheltenham 2020)


This relaxed course will introduce you to the basics of leather working. Over the three days you will be working with vegetable tanned leather, and some goat skin, to make a selection of small leather goods.

triangular coin purse
travel wallet
key ring
small purse (using a 3piece mould)
either a belt, phone/iPad case, or journal cover

Jeremy and Carla will work along side you demonstrating each process, and the techniques and skills you will use, including

selection of leather
pattern making
lay out
cutting out
use of traditional hand tools
stitching techniques
use of a single/3piece mould
finishing of edges
how to attach buckles, fittings & fixtures (press students, rivets etc.)

£315, 3 days 10-4.30, includes all material, 2 course lunch and refreshments

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