Craft Courses for 2024!

I’m offering some craft courses from home next year. Three different courses over nine different dates.

You can come along and learn to make a phone case, a book cover or a belt. I’ll provide the leather, cake and lunch, you bring your book, phone and trousers!

You can book on now (for you or someone else) by filling in my booking form. Head over to my website and click the Courses link.

This would also make a great Christmas or Birthday gift for someone!

More details on my website:

Come and Make a Leather Book Cover!

A5 British Leather Brown Book Cover

I’ll be running a small workshop on the 23rd March this year to show you how to make a leather book cover, like the one above. You’ll learn to measure and cut veg-tanned cowhide, dye and oil the leather, and stitch all the pieces together by hand to make a beautiful cover for your favourite notebook or sketch book.

Red British Leather cover for Moleskine notebook

More info and booking instructions can be found here:

The skills learnt on this course will allow you to go ahead and make many other leather items.

The course will run for a day at my house in Carnforth, from 9:30 until 4:00 (or until everyone’s finished!).

What’s included in the price?

Lunch (soup, cheese and bread), biscuits, tea and coffee, and hopefully a good chatter and laugh!

Leather and hardware are included to make a simple cover made from standard cowhide, up to A5 size.

If you’d like to make a cover for a larger book then we can work out the extra cost on the day, but to give you an idea, an A4 book cover would cost an extra £10 for the extra leather.

There’ll also be a slight extra charge if you’d like to use more expensive leather (such as the oak bark tanned leather) or if you want closure straps and pen holders added to your design (£10 – £30 extra).

Bring your own favourite book to make a cover for (please let me know dimensions) or you can purchase an A5 or A6 book from me (£6 extra).

Italian leather for A6 journal
A Selection of Leather Book Covers

Drop me a message if you have any questions.

Happy New Year Sale!

15% off my Leather Items in my Etsy Shop

I’m running a sale for the rest of January on all the items I have in stock in my Etsy shop! These are the READY TO POST items. Here’s a few examples:

Italian Leather Tote Bags:
Pocket knives and pouches

Joseph Rodgers Pocket Knife:
Whitby Pocket Knife:
George Wostenholm Pruning Knife:
Whitby Large Pocket Knife:

Pocket notebook and phone case:
Necklace knife:
Rite in the Rain Notepad:
Green A5 Luxury British Oak Bark Tanned Leather Notebook Cover:
Mora carving knives:
Brown A4 Luxury British and Italian Leather Notebook Cover:
Coin or Guitar Pick Pouch Leather Keyring:
Leather Moleskine or Leuchtturm Cover Pocket Size Notebook:
Rectangular Coin Purse:
Leather Cover for a Pocket Size A6 Journal Notebook:
Leather Jotter Pad for A6 card and paper:

…plus lots more!…

Head over to my shop here and look for the items that say “15% off”!

Here’s to a Happy 2022. I reckon it could actually be a good one!

A Busy Year and a Holiday

It’s been a while since I last updated you. In fact I think it was January! The year continued to be really busy, helped by people locked-down and enjoying some online retail therapy! Orders finally quietened down around July, when shops began to open and people became more adventurous, leaving their houses to go on holiday. So Kath and I took the opportunity to switch my Etsy shop off, switch on the out-of-office auto-reply emails, pack up the van and head to the Scottish hills and lochs!

We found an amazing beach on the north coast of Scotland with hardly anyone about. Beautiful weather and blue seas. Absolute paradise and a well earned rest for both of us.

Enjoying views across to Skye and the Outer Hebrides in my newly refurbished deck chair, covered in leather, of course!

It didn’t take me long before I had to get some leather out though! Here I am stitching a patchwork notebook.

I finished making this patchwork notebook by a river in the Cairngorms. Such a beautiful and inspiring location!
An amazing array of pebbles on a beach on the East coast.

Can’t wait for our next trip…! I hope you all managed to get away somewhere nice this year.

And I’ll try my best to keep you more up-to-date with leather work, up-coming exhibitions, etc. Feel free to give me a kick if you’ve not heard anything from me in a while!

Rite in the Rain

I’ve been making these simple leather covers for Rite in the Rain notebooks. If you’ve not heard of these world-renowned notebooks then read on! They are coated with a special substance that means they don’t get wet, and can be written on with a biro or pencil in all weather. I’ve been using them for years and love them.

They’re made in the North West region of USA (Washington State) where they get their fair share of wet weather, so they know what they’re doing. I started using them on outdoor courses years ago when I used to do a lot of greenwood working. If you’re an outdoor person that likes to make notes then these are the booklets for you!

Recently I developed 2 new designs for these books – a vertical flap and side flap (a bit like my Kindle covers!). Here’s a few photos to show you what I mean:


You can order both versions here:

Side Flap or Vertical Flap