Leather work

Explore the world of leather craftsmanship and learn techniques to create beautifully crafted leather goods, from bags to accessories.

Tutor: Hamish Lamley


  • October 8th to 13th 2023 (Satchels and Bags) (sold out)
  • March 17th to 22nd 2024
  • May 26th to 31st 2024
  • July 21st to 26th 2024
  • October 6th to 11th 2024

Embark on a unique holiday experience and unleash your creativity by crafting your very own one-of-a-kind accessories. Join one of the exceptional leatherwork courses led by the friendly and knowledgeable tutor, Hamish Lamley. Choose between a four-day leather satchel making holiday or a belt and wallet/purse making holiday, and immerse yourself in the captivating world of leatherwork.

Over four days, Hamish will guide you through every step, from selecting the finest leathers to cutting, carving, dyeing, hand stitching, lacing, braiding, and adding those final finishing touches. By the end of the course, you won’t just have a completed satchel or a belt and wallet/purse, but also the confidence and foundational skills to continue leatherwork independently.

Hamish’s holidays are suitable for participants of all levels, whether you’re a beginner or have prior experience in leatherworking. As a self-taught historic leatherworker, Hamish’s expertise extends beyond leathercraft. He is actively involved in experimental archaeology projects, creating historic replicas for museum exhibits, and offering lectures and practical demonstrations on Pictish history and craft. Additionally, Hamish is a traditional leather coracle boat builder and teaches early medieval leatherworking throughout the UK and Europe.

For more information about Hamish and his incredible work, please visit his website. https://www.pictavialeather.co.uk/