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More Belts Galore

More Belts Galore

June 6, 2017

Its amazing to watch the creativity flow when you get a bunch of individuals in a leather workshop and let them loose! After learning the belt making process & principals and measuring up, the students were able to put... [read more]


Thats the Croc Man at Ulysses!

Thats the Croc Man at Ulysses!

June 6, 2017

The Ulysses Motorbike AGM was held at Port Macquarie where Birdsalls were a trader this year. Our stand being different from the other traders, we were unique enough to let the masses know who we are and what we... [read more]


New Zealand Leather Artisans Conference 2017

New Zealand Leather Artisans Conference 2017

June 6, 2017

The New Zealand Leather Artisans Conference was held in Palmerston North in early May where a small number of participants enjoyed workshops and demonstrations from local and international tutors.  Workshops held included a saddle... [read more]


Making Dog Collars with Ann Maree Ager

Making Dog Collars with Ann Maree Ager

June 6, 2017

Artist Ann Maree Ager gladly stepped in to take on the Dog Collar class with the help of our trusty part of the furniture, Colin Berry. Students were happy to complete their dog collars after being showed the ropes and the room... [read more]


Making a Western Style Bridle with Alan Hartley

Making a Western Style Bridle with Alan Hartley

December 15, 2016

A full class of eager horse lovers travelled  from all over to take part in Alans bridle workshop. Participants learned how the straps were cut, from bridle leather, then ends split, and edges bevelled and burnished.  [read more]


Lets make shoes!

Lets make shoes!

November 28, 2016

Check out the shoes made in the one-week intensive course with Mario Dato recently.  There really is a fine art to shoe making, and you do end up with a new appreciation of how detailed it is to make a pair of... [read more]


Plaiting Dog Collars & Leads with Bill Webb

Plaiting Dog Collars & Leads with Bill Webb

November 17, 2016

What a successful workshop this was with Bill Webb and a full class of eager plaiting enthusiasts.  Bill showed the finer skills of skiving and preparing the kangaroo lace and then proceded to get everyone to plait a dog lead... [read more]


Making Top Hats with Ron Evans

Making Top Hats with Ron Evans

October 26, 2016

What a fantastic workshop this was, with lots of busy students cutting, colouring, stitching and assembling their top hats and some taking on the Steampunk theme as well! Now some imagination will go into their hat bands and... [read more]


The Art of Rose Making

The Art of Rose Making

October 7, 2016

When turning life into art, its always rewarding!  These roses were completed in a one day fun class where everyone was impressed with their results.  After refining some skiving skills which can be a test, and... [read more]


Wallet Making - attaching an outer to an insert

Wallet Making - attaching an outer to an insert

June 16, 2016

Step by step instructions were given to a class of eager students of how to assemble a wallet insert to an outer.  All participants decorated their outers with "Rock Embossing" which is a nice quick way to get some interesting... [read more]


Making a Plaited Belt - Owen Style!

Making a Plaited Belt - Owen Style!

May 15, 2016

Master plaiter for over 30 years, Owen Hartshorn had a full class of eager plaiters making their own plaited belt from scratch. Most chose neutral colours to try out their new found skills with the insight of knowing how to improve... [read more]


Make a pair of Jandals

Make a pair of Jandals

May 15, 2016

The Jandal workshop was a very busy and successful one with lots of cutting, gluing and sanding to make some very nice simple footwear. Here's one of our happy jandal students having fun assembling her jandals, and working so... [read more]


Full Class for a Leather Tour

Full Class for a Leather Tour

May 15, 2016

Ross Birdsall had his work cut out for him in a full class for the last Leather Appreciation Tour. Nothing he couldnt handle though, as Ross has been surrounded by leather most of his life, so his knowledge is vast and detailed. [read more]


Smile for the Camera, on Hong Kong TV!

Smile for the Camera, on Hong Kong TV!

April 1, 2016

We were visited by Anchors Sarah and Jason and their film crew from Hong Kong TV to show them back home what places of interest there are in Australia, where Sarah grew up.  So a full film crew came into the classroom... [read more]


More Groovy Shoes

More Groovy Shoes

April 1, 2016

The six week shoe making course came to an end with some marvellous creations coming to the fore.  Some people have loads of imagination! There were even some hand painted creations that don't have an occasion as... [read more]


Leather in the Royal Easter Show

Leather in the Royal Easter Show

April 1, 2016

Well the Royal Easter Show is over for yet another year and Leatherwork was again represented to the masses to show our art is well and truly alive.  Mind you, the cabinet was a little bare this year, so perhaps some of you... [read more]


Marbling Fun

Marbling Fun

April 1, 2016

We marbled our little hearts out on March 19, making cute little card holders but practiced on scrap leather first to master the skills.  All were amazed to see how it all happens with the marbling compound mixed with water... [read more]


Mardi Gras Fun

Mardi Gras Fun

March 7, 2016

We had some fun just in time for Mardi Gras, with the Sirius Pups, a playful bunch of boys who came to us for the second year running to make some great leather components for their inspiration. This time, the lads made leather... [read more]


Some Super Shoes!

Some Super Shoes!

March 7, 2016

Mario's happy students completed their one-week intensive shoe workshop and some even had time to make a second pair of shoes.  What great value this course is!  They all appreciated Mario's knowledge which he is more... [read more]


Embossing Finesse

Embossing Finesse

March 7, 2016

Ross Birdsall recently spent some time providing personalised monograming with one of his brilliant new embossing machines that he has added to his range.  Two Hands Agency organised for Ross to emboss at the Seed Clothing Company in... [read more]


A Hens Party with a Difference!

A Hens Party with a Difference!

January 11, 2016

Here's a top new idea for that special occasion. These girls had a great time at Jasmine's Hens Party with a difference at Birdsalls! The had a leathercraft lesson, complete... [read more]


Look what the December shoe course produced!

Look what the December shoe course produced!

December 15, 2015

A variety of styles were produced in this course, including, gymboots, fancy printed calf skin flats, and these super knee high boots made by Diane.  Of course boots cant be made by beginners so Diane's been to a few courses... [read more]


Exposure in China!

Exposure in China!

December 6, 2015

  Another five minutes of fame was bestowed upon us recently with Hong Kongs largest circulating media... [read more]


Making a Bridle with Alan Hartley

Making a Bridle with Alan Hartley

December 6, 2015

Alan Hartleys Bridle workshop consisted of 10 lovely ladies, so Al was definitely outnumbered! All... [read more]


A Satchel Made by Colin in Leather Class

A Satchel Made by Colin in Leather Class

December 6, 2015

Check out the work of Colin Berry after some hard work perfecting and finishing his project!  This satchel is originally a pattern from the very talented Rene Berends from Austria, which Colin followed to a tee to produce this beautiful... [read more]


Look what a little private tuition produced!

Look what a little private tuition produced!

October 13, 2015

Hey, check out Karen's finished bag after some private tuition at Birdsalls! Karen travelled from WA to treat herself to some fun days of learning and adding to her leather knowledge and skills. What a cool bag, and shes... [read more]


A Sculptured Koi Fish Workshop Complete!

A Sculptured Koi Fish Workshop Complete!

September 28, 2015

This little critter finally made it into the classroom and he took way shorter time to make than expected!  Some great colours were created to make this 3D Koi fish come to life.  Also some great skills learned by... [read more]


Another Successful Shoe Course

Another Successful Shoe Course

September 28, 2015

Mario had his work cut out for him with six eager students ready to learn all the skills to make their first pair of shoes.  An informative and good time was had by all to produce some beautiful looking shoes in a... [read more]


Making Leather Twisted Bracelets

Making Leather Twisted Bracelets

August 30, 2015

Many styles and colours were created in this cool workshop recently, influenced by the artistic Master, Dave Mangino, whose jewellery and accessories work is amazing. Students got to make two bracelets, one twisted and one either... [read more]


Another Dimensions in Leather is over, but hopefully not the last time!

Another Dimensions in Leather is over, but hopefully not the last time!

July 16, 2015

July 4th saw the start of the week-long Leather event of the year, Dimensions in Leather 2015 at St Lucia's  University of Queensland. Some magnificent tutors were there including internationals like Peter Main, Bob Park, Bob... [read more]


Moulded Knife Sheath Course with Ron Evans

Moulded Knife Sheath Course with Ron Evans

July 16, 2015

 Ron Evans hosted a wet moulded knife sheath workshop with some studious onlookers present!  Everyone learned how to wet mould a sheath for their favourite swiss army knife or Leatherman and can now adapt those skills to... [read more]


Read about Birdsalls 5 generations in the Sunday Telegraph!

Read about Birdsalls 5 generations in the Sunday Telegraph!

July 3, 2015

If you didnt get to see the article on Birdsalls in the Sunday Telegraph, then [read more]


Colouring Workshop with Ann Maree Ager

Colouring Workshop with Ann Maree Ager

June 30, 2015

June 27 held a super informative class to teach the finer skills of colouring and shading leather.  Ann-Marees beautiful artwork was on display for all to see and lots of beautiful work was produced, on either the card holder, or... [read more]


More New Shoes!

More New Shoes!

June 30, 2015

Marios one week intensive shoe course ran again, and the 6 week consecutive Saturdays is in full swing right now! Mario is always known for his patience with his students while they pick up the skills of shoemaking.  ... [read more]


Carving & Tooling Workshop

Carving & Tooling Workshop

June 16, 2015

We held a great carving & tooling workshop recently which really showed skill levels improve by the minute!  Those newbies got the hang of it real quick and were able to fine tune their work to get the right depth in their carving... [read more]


Dog Collar Class

Dog Collar Class

May 22, 2015

Everyone was given choices on different types of collars to make for their furry friends.  You could emboss on natural veg tanned, attach some bling to a nice coloured collar, decide where Dee rings go for leashes, brass... [read more]


Leather & Tissue Paper Books & Jewellery

Leather & Tissue Paper Books & Jewellery

May 11, 2015

And what a crafty workshop it was!  Sue Nelson, from New Zealand held a really creative workshop in early May where we used leather as a base, and different coloured tissue papers which were scrunched up and arranged on top with loads of glue... [read more]


Making Jandals

Making Jandals

May 11, 2015

Mario's Jandal (or leather thong) workshop proved really popular with many excited about completing a pair of shoes in one day! Many styles were created as the students were not limited to only thong style shoes, due to Mario's... [read more]


All the colours of the Rainbow!

All the colours of the Rainbow!

November 21, 2014

Learning about Colour! Saturday November 15th saw Aida Guirguis's Fundamentals of Colour Workshop at Birdsalls. Students learned about the colour wheel, primary colours and how all colours are a direct result from mixing... [read more]


A Week's Worth of Shoe Making

A Week's Worth of Shoe Making

November 5, 2014

And dont they love it!  If you are to go by the testimonials from many of Mario's students, you will find that he is the best teacher to learn from. Robyn Milne, who has just completed one of the the one-week... [read more]


A Great Marbling Day!

A Great Marbling Day!

November 5, 2014

November 1st saw a bunch of eager students have fun with gooey marbling compound and make some really cool creations, all showing their individual style. After learning how to marble, and experiment on leather scraps, by spreading... [read more]


Learning Loads about Leather

Learning Loads about Leather

August 27, 2014

Another Successful Leather Appreciation Tour was held on Saturday August 23rd at Birdsalls which left some keen ladies and gents with a stack of leather knowledge and a whip cracking demo! Ross Birdsall, whos been surrounded by... [read more]


A Busy Two-Day Journal Cover Workshop

Covering a Glass Bottle with NZ's Sue Nelson

Covering a Glass Bottle with NZ's Sue Nelson

August 8, 2014

What a great workshop had by all in what was simple structure but so much fun! Watching everyone get creative with their bottles was really inspiring, as you could see imaginations take over. The bottles were covered with basil... [read more]


They plaited their belts with Owen

They plaited their belts with Owen

August 8, 2014

Owen Hartshorn's plaited belt class went off a treat with some very satisfied customers leaving the classroom with new plaiting skills and a pretty spiffy looking belt! Once the weave and the tension was worked out, the class... [read more]


Guess Who?? Johnathon La Paglia joins Birdsalls Leather Class!

Guess Who?? Johnathon La Paglia joins Birdsalls Leather Class!

August 8, 2014

Aussie actor, Johnathon La Paglia, (brother of Anthony) whose most recent claims to fame are staring roles in "Underbelly", "The Slap", and "Love Child" visited Birdsalls classroom to make a watch strap for his daughter. ... [read more]


Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to our new website!

April 29, 2014

We are finally up and running, after a lengthy process to get a truckload of products and details listed!! Please bear with us for those last minute additions of images etc.  As you can understand, wtih a product range like... [read more]