Working With Leather
This can be as simple & basic Or advanced &
There are many books, booklets, pamphlets, reprints, even
articles describing how to assemble a simple article cut from a
basic design which is purchased as a kit from a supplier. There
are even sets of instructions available on the internet.
This is fine for the person who just wants to enjoy making
some simple article for themselves or a youngster wanting to make
a present for their favorite Aunt.
Should however you wish to make something more complicated,
earn an income, make a living at a Craft, become a
Craftsman/Artisan, Make & design you own range of Quality
Leathergoods, then the above brief explanations are not going to
There used to be some advanced college courses available on
the subject. The best of these was offered in the UK by
Cordwainers College & students came from all over the World
for the 2 year Leathergoods Craft Courses & took the City
& Guilds Leather Goods examinations.
Sadly those excellent Craft Courses are now defunct due to
lack of Government funding for the college & inability of UK
students to obtain grants.
The contents of that course provided the entrants with skills
comparable with the excellent Craftsmen employed (& taught)
by 'Hermes' in France.
So what was on offer that is not available in the simple
instructions readily available? Well how to make your own
designs, Produce your own patterns, Cut economically from a skin
or hide, estimate & cost the amount of leather used, how to
hand sew with two needles & a diamond awl (as a professional
leather worker or saddler does). using a 'Harness' Iron' Pare
leather & make turnovers, Understand & make use of all
construction methods, to name just a few of the more advanced
The old courses have gone but the skills & technology is
now available in my Leather Instruction Manuals of which the
first 3 are written & available from my site as e-books.
There are however 4 more still to write.
So what makes me different & to be more precise capable of
providing this high level of knowledge & skills. I worked in
the top UK London Companies as a young man just after the war
when the UK leathergoods industry was the best in the world, I
made leathergoods for top London Stores, Royalty, Film Stars,
Heads of State, Worked my way up from a Craftsman to Works
Director. Finishing my career as HOD of the college mentioned
earlier & was the City & Guilds Moderator for their 470
To read more about all this & view fuller details of the
contents of these manuals & the opportunity to acquire these
never before published skills & techniques (Some of them were
not even available on the college course), then visit my
While you are there take advantage of the free downloads also
available & feel free to use the massive research &
reference section of the site covering every aspect of this
You can find: Leather Suppliers, Museums, Other Leather Books,
Leather Organisations, Manufacturers of Finished Leathergoods,
Leather Shops Stores & Malls, Leather Importers &
Exporters, & Much, Much More.
Treatment of leather is also dealt with & products are
available to enable you to care for those expensive leather items
you own as well as advice from experts in this field.
The History of Leathergoods is explored for those who are
fascinated by past events. I hope this article & a visit to
my site will prove useful & enlightening & I am happy to
answer any genuine emails on this very ancient craft.
Francis Burdett-Mills MCIPD
Retired Master Designer Craftsman, Trainer & Lecturer,
College H.O.D & City & Guilds Moderator for all UK
Leathergoods Courses. The Manuals are compatable with Government
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