The leather workshop is designed to impart a basic historical account of leather, the knowledge of various types of leather in accordance to their application, the number of useful leatherwork hand tools and their uses, and of course provide the opportunity for each student to make either a belt, a pouch or a knife sheath.
The workshop cost includes a take home leather hand tool kit and some leather to continue your creative projects at home.
If you choose to make a knife sheath please bring your knife to the workshop.
Select one option to make during the workshop. 1. Wet moulded knife sheath: hand stitched and fitted to your favourite blade. 2. Customised belt: hand stitched, tooled and fitted with your choice of buckle. 3. Personalised pouch or clutch bag: hand stitched and tooled with your own design.
No experience needed.
Aaron Douglas Wales is a young craftsman, musician and teacher raised amongst the sandstone gorges of the Southern Highlands NSW. Son of a former goat dairy farmer and handy at everything oldman and his gardening singer/songwriter mother Aaron's adroitness is truly the alchemy of his parents upbringing. Since he was a young lad Aaron maintained a curiosity for all things concerning the 'old world.' whether it be blacksmithing, saddle making, wagon building the days of yesteryear saturated his imagination with possibilites. Aaron says "I remember my mother telling me once to 'live your own time son' but today I make it my business to maintain some of the old world in the new world. Aaron’s interest in leather began as a boy taken by the smell and patina of old saddles in the dairy. Although he began working leather in his youth it wasn't until he began exploring the old methods of tannery prevalent in North America that Aaron’s love of the ancient craft truly flourished. Over the last 10 years Aaron has been developing the old bark and brain tanning methods used by the Native American Indians to create the unique quality of the leather you find incorporated in his work today. A self-proclaiming ‘luddite’ Aaron believes that although modern Industry has truly specialised our population it has also detached many folks from the origins of their own crafts. Aaron explains that “each piece of leather has its own story and I feel it is my duty to read from as many pages as I can to justify my craft.” To read more about Aaron’s work please go to: http://www.dhupunuru.com