In 2020 we will be dropping the Bag making course and combining it with the Basic Leatherwork course.
Suitable leatherwork course for the absolute beginner wherever their interest may lie. E.g. Horses, dogs, belt making etc.
Students will learn:
In addition advice on purchasing tools and materials and setting up a workplace. Any aspect of saddlery and/or leatherwork that students wish to discuss will be accommodated, time permitting.
By the end of the week, each student will leave with an item of leatherwork made by themselves. In the case of students whose interest are equestrian, this is generally a cavason bridle.
Cost: £400 per person
For those who are unsure if leatherwork is for them this 2 day introduction will cover all the points set out in the Basic Course description with the exception that there will not be a final project where the skills learnt are put into practice.
Cost: £200 per person
Suitable for those wishing to expand their skills. Students for this course should have attended the basic course or have a basic knowledge of leatherwork. (e.g. Cut, prepare and finish an item).
Subjects covered are:-
Any aspect of saddlery and/or leatherwork that students wish to discuss will be accommodated, time permitting. Students may also bring their own repairs for advice. All that has been learnt is brought together in a project which incorporates the skills learnt during the week. For equestrian students, this is generally a head collar with rolled throat and padded head and nose.
Cost: £410 per person
Saddlers Den can now offer training for students wishing to prepare for the Saddle Re-flocking & Adjustment exam which is now a requirement for any SMS saddle fitter or those wishing to upgrade to Master Saddler.
The course will follow the syllabus set down by the Society of Master Saddlers, copies of the handbook can be obtained by visiting their website. The course is still open to persons just wishing to learn more about the repair and re-flocking of saddles.
Not all courses will end with an assessment as this will depend on availability of assessors. Course status will be update as and when this information becomes available.
Subjects covered are:-
Students are encouraged to bring 2 saddles to work on during the course.
Standard course (3 days) Cost: £300 per person
Assessment course (4 days; assessment taken on 4th day) Cost: £330 per person. A registration fee payable to the SMS office also applies. These courses will be marked as Assessment Courses
Apart from the advertised courses we are able to offer courses on most subjects. If you have a project in mind or wish to learn a subject not listed please contact us to see if we can meet your requirements.
You can book your course online, via the booking form below. Please fill in the necessary fields, which include name, email address, home address, telephone number, course title, course reference, booking reference, and course dates.
A deposit of £50 is require to ensure your place on the course. This can be made via telephone or BACs transfer.
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To pay your deposit via BACs, please fill out the booking form.
If an applicant is under 18 years of age, a cover letter must be sent, signed by a parent or legal guardian confirming their permission.
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