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Please note that these dates should be definite but are subject to change, if need be.
Also, bookings are not yet taken for some future classes.

 

PLEASE BE AWARE:  THERE IS A SLIGHT POSSIBILITY THAT THE 2020 DATES MAY CHANGE DUE TO THE PREMISES MOVE. 
Also, bookings are not yet taken for some future classes.

INFO ON CLASSES

Leathercraft classes are held every Saturday morning from 8.45am -12.45 noon, with "Beginners Classes" and "Open Classes" every month, along with specialty classes slotted in each month. Included regularly are Belt/Dog Collar workshops and Carving & Tooling Workshops.  There are also regular shoe making workshops wtih Mario Dato in the downstairs workshop.

  • Beginners class teaches you the basic fundamentals of traditional leatherwork including tool uses and a tour of the store, introducing different leathers and what's available to you
  • Saturday Open classes and Tuesday Open classes lets you work on your specific project and you are guided step by step.
  • Its not mandatory to do the Beginners first, but it comes highly recommended!!!
  • Tuesday classes are held once every three weeks, from 10am till 2pm, and are open classes to make what you want and you will be guided.

SATURDAY BEGINNERS

In these casual Beginner Classes you can learn to emboss (stamp), dye, seal, stitch and burnish edges on a simple item like a coaster, working on veg tanned leather. You also have a tour through the store showing all the different types of leathers and exotics.  This fun class teaches you the basics that will carry you through all of your projects including tool uses and leather choices. 
This class opens your eyes to what's available to you, and comes highly recommended. You only need one lesson to set you on your way.

     

SATURDAY OPEN CLASS **

Subsequent classes can be any project you like (within reason) and you will be guided on the day.  This can include carving, bevelling and setting hardware like rivets, studs (baby dots), buckles and keepers, and new projects of your choice will be easy, like belts, journal covers, handbags, almost anything...

However, if you have ANY particular project in mind - perhaps using chrome tanned leather for a soft handbag for example, this is also achievable without the Beginners Class, and you will be guided on the day. Please note there are no sewing machines in the classroom.  All sewing is done by hand.
 
TUESDAY OPEN CLASS **
Tuesdays, being a smaller class, are also an Open class to make what you want and you will be be guided step by step. Please Note that if the class contains less than 4 participants, the tutor will guide you step by step, but whilst you are busy, she will continue with other tasks.  Tuesday Open classes fall once every three weeks.
 

OPEN CLASS IMPORTANT INFO!

** PLEASE NOTE, IF YOU HAVE A PROJECT IN MIND, YOU WILL NEED A PATTERN.  AS WE ARE NOT PATTERN MAKERS, IT IS UP TO YOU TO DEVISE ONE, PERHAPS FROM AN OLD HANDBAG OR WALLET IF THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE MAKING. 
 
We do have some patterns and templates for leather projects, but best to check with us first.  Otherwise, make the pattern out of paper first, get your folds right, then transfer to cardboard.  Bring your cardboard peices in, and therefore you have not wasted class time, cutting cardboard.  A 5mm seam allowance works for just about everything!

MORE INFO
4 hour Saturday Classes and 4 hour alternate Tuesday classes are $60.00 each.  Beginners to advanced are all welcome. Bookings for all classes are essential and can be booked individually, by the lesson. Come in and join all the fun.
 
Private Tuition is available at $60 per hour for one on one tuition with Silvia Guerrera.

Room Hire:  Use of craftroom with no tutor or consumables is available @ $15 per hour.

You can also take advantage of the brilliant private tuition you'll receive with Mario Dato at the rate of $60/hour (minimum 2 hours) for shoe making. Email silvia@birdsall-leather.com.au for more info.

 
Book Saturday classes HERE.     Book Tuesday classes HERE.       


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 SPECIALTY WORKSHOPS

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MAKE A CUSTOM KNIFE SHEATH WITH BEN DUNCAN

Do you have any perfectly good knives with exposed blades?

Or do you want to make a better sheath than the stock standard boring ones that come with some knives?

Or if youre a knife maker, this is the workshop for you.  Learn with Master knife and sheath maker, Ben Duncan, whose years of experience will set you on your way.

The safest and best way to cover your knife is with a custom leather sheath.  In this 2 day workshop you will make either a two piece or a fold over sheath for a standard knife. 

       

You will learn how to make a welt so that that sharp blade will not harm the stitches in your sheath and how to wet mould if needed.

Bring your favourite standard sized knife to work with, with the full length to not exceed 30cm.

You will be working with 3.5mm natural veg tanned cow hide (Australian Russet with magnificent markings of nature of the beast) and will be dyeing or antiquing on the day.

You have the choice to decorate your sheath with stamping, with a very simple design also.

When:  Sat Feb 1st & Sat Feb 8th 2020  (NO BOOKINGS TAKEN UNTIL 2020)

Time:    9.00am SHARP — 1.00pm

Where: Birdsall’s upstairs workshop

Cost:    TBA for a two day workshop and your custom sheath                             

Supplied:

  • 3.5mm natural cowhide
  • Waxed thread
  • All tools

Required

  • Your knife
  • Closed in shoes!

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BELT MAKING OR DOG COLLARS!
 
The principals of making belts or dog collars are the same, only one is shorter!  Learn the basics of how to get your measurements right, work through the steps in order and then decorate to your liking.

You can keep it plain in a cool colour or add bling to a pre-coloured belt length/dog collar to call your own.  Your choice. 

                  

You will learn to correctly measure you belt length, bevel your edges and decorate to your liking.  You can practice on some scrap leather if need be.

Burnishing edges will finish off your master piece, including setting your buckle and hardware.  Loads of fun!

AND the same rules apply to dog collars.  Have the measurement of your dog's neck and off we go.

Supplied:
  • Belt length coloured in 1½" width (38mm) or similar sizing
  • Standard nickle plated full buckle, or half buckle and keeper.
  • Conditioners, edge finishes,
  • All tools
  • Please note:  At extra cost, brass, trophy and special buckles are all available in store, plus any extra conchos or embellishments or bling!
 Required:
  • IMPORTANT:  Please have the waist or hip measurement of the person you are making the belt for!  This is mandatory for the right fit!
  • Your imagination!
OR YOU CAN MAKE A CUSTOM DOG COLLAR

Have you ever wanted to personalise a collar for your dog, making it just the way you want?

In this workshop, you will walk away with your own handmade collar complete with extra hardware like conchos and studs if you wish. Your choice. 

            

Loads of options to choose from including brass hardware for dogs who enjoy the water.

Cost includes a 4-hour workshop, leather, standard buckles & hardware, and use of all tools & dyes.

Important!!  Please have your dog's neck measurement or an old collar to measure from.

(Please note that a basic dog collar will be completed in 4 hours, however, if extra embellishments & stitching are chosen, the project may not be completed in one day.)

When: TO BE ADVISED

Time:   8.45am sharp to 12.45pm

Where: Birdsall's upstairs workshop

Cost:    $75.00 for a 4 hour workshop

DID YOU KNOW?  You dont have to wait for this class.  You can make a belt or dog collar in any Tuesday or Saturday Open class.

Supplied:

Veg tanned strap in pre coloured leather

Hardware: nickle plated buckle & dee ring

Tools, Dyes & Conditioner

Extras:

Brass & chromed brass hardware available plus loads of conchos and embellishments to choose from.

Harness needles and thread if you're stitching.

Suede if you're lining

Required:

Your imagination!

Perhaps an old collar you'd like to replicate.

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CARVING & TOOLING LEATHER

Learn the basic skills of traditional tooling by carving with a swivel knife and using bevelling, background and decorative tools.  
Firstly, you will practice your carving and tooling skills on scrap leather, using a simple craftaid template, with long flowing lines, to get your skills up.
  
                           

Then we will work on a masterpiece from the multitudes of (more simple) Craft Aid templates that you can choose from, on natural veg tanned leather.
pictured above is a beautiful version, tooled by Peter Main, of the craftaid used in this class to help you learn about the tools used for traditional leatherwork.
 
You will learn how to handle a swivel knife, how deeply to cut, and then which sides of the lines to bevel to create shadow and dimension. Back grounding, modelling and pearshading come next to complete your basic training.
We will antique our work which will sit in the grooves and impressions and bring this piece to life.

When:  Saturday 29th February 2020   BOOK HERE
Time:    8.45am - 12.45pm
Where: Birdsall's upstairs workshop
Cost:    $75.00 for a 4 hour workshop
 
DID YOU KNOW?  You dont have to wait for this class.  You can make a belt or dog collar in any Tuesday or Saturday Open class.
 
Supplied:
Natural veg tanned leather piece
Craftaid template
Marble slab

Required:

Embossing tools (11): A104 Backgrounder / B702 Beveller / B936 small Beveller / C940 Camouflage / H907 Stop / Pear Shaders: P206 small smooth, P217 small checkered / S706 Seeder / U849 small Mulesfoot, V409 Veiner X501 Basketweave

Swivel knife

Modelling tool
Mallet or Maul
Edge creaser
Marble slab

Strop

Some tools will be available in the workshop to be shared amongst students.  Bring your own tools if you have them.

***WORKSHOP SPECIAL KIT***

Purchase a complete set of required tools, (normal RRP @ $225.00) for the super discounted price of $187.00!

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SHOE MAKING WITH MARIO DATO

Learn to make a pair of custom made shoes from start to finish!

Shoes can include open toes, closed toes, high heels, flat heels or wedges, mens or womens. (Boots excluded for beginners) 
       

Skills you will learn include pattern making, cutting, machine skiving & machine stitching, folding, colouring, hand lasting, last building & edge finishing.

Both 6 week courses on consecutive Saturdays, or an intensive one week (5 day) course are on offer throughout the year with master Italian shoemaker, Mario Dato who has over 50 years experience. Perhaps bring a pair of old shoes you'd like to replicate or a photo of them!

Five Day - Intensive: MONDAY 24TH TO FRIDAY 28TH FEBRUARY 2020   BOOK HERE

Time: 9.00am to 3.00pm

Six Consecutive Saturdays -  To be advised

Time: 9.00am to 1.30pm

Details
Where: Birdsall's downstairs workshop
Cost: $755.00 for a 6 or 5 day course & a pair of shoes!
($655 for repeat students, minus tools)
 

Cost is inclusive of:
· All tuition
· Leather and components
· Use of all tools & equipment
· Tools to keep: shoe hammer, lasting pincers, tack knife, clicking handle & blade, scratch awl, magic pen & apron - value: over $250!! 

Compulsory: Closed shoes & no loose clothing or hair Take advantage of the weekly payment system for the six week course of $130p/w for those of you a lump sum who prefer not to pay up front.

Private Tuition with Mario
Finding the time slots difficult to attend?  Or you don't need a full course?  We are introducing PRIVATE TUITION with Mario Dato which can fall on any day except Thursdays, Fridays or Sundays!  Exciting stuff!

Take advantage of the brilliant tuition you'll receive with Mario at the rate of $60/hour (minimum 2 hours). Email silvia@birdsall-leather.com.au for more info.
  

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ONE-DAY JANDAL MAKING (LEATHER THONGS) WITH MARIO DATO

New dates available..... Back by popular demand!


Would you like to learn how to make, AND walk away with a brand new pair of custom made leather thongs (Jandals)?
Master Italian shoemaker, Mario Dato, who has over 50 years experience will show you how to cut, shape, dye and assemble some simple, comfortable footwear, namely leather thongs.  Different designs are available in subequent Jandal workshops which will be advanced classes.

You need to email Silvia with your current thongs size, and make sure you have closed in footwear on the day, hair tied back and no loose clothing, as you will be using machinery in the workshop.

     
                                           
Cost is inclusive of:
Full days tuition
Use of all tools
Leather and components
Extra tools can be purchased at Birdsalls, or bring your own tools if you have them.

When:   SATURDAY 29TH FEBRUARY 2020
Time:    8.45am till 2.30pm
Where: Birdsalls downstairs workshop
Cost:    $130.00 for a 5 hour workshop and a pair of shoes!

 Closed in footwear (on your feet) is mandatory

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    ALL WORKSHOPS REQUIRE:

  • Bookings are Essential

  • Payment in full is required in advance to secure your spot. Credit card, Direct Deposit or cash are acceptable.

  • A non-refundable 20% booking fee is applicable for cancellations less than 7 days prior to workshop. (Shoe workshops are less than 21 days prior to workshop.)

  • Closed in shoes are MANDATORY

 Need Accommodation?  Dont forget.....

 

                                                                                                                             

 We have good, clean, old fashioned pub style accommodation, literally walking distance across the road, at some great negotiated rates of $110/night if youre travelling from afar, and youd like to stay local overnight, or longer!  Email silvia@birdsall-leather.com.au for details.   Cant get much closer!