made in britain
can be personalised
A relaxing, interesting and challenging leather book-cover making experience day, including surface personalisation and patterning.
Ideal for someone looking for something different, you'll spend the day at the authentic workshop of master craftsman Johny Todd in Stafford, UK, making a leather book cover/slip using leather working tools and techniques. Beginners are very welcome and excellent tuition in an inspiring and imersive environment will provide a fun and productive course.
The workshop is to make a re-usable leather book cover/slip to contain an hardback notebook, e.g. a sketchbook or diary. This session is not a bookbinding workshop and loose sheets of paper will not be able to used unless by specific prior arrangement.
The price(s) includes tuition and materials. During the session you will choose your leather from a range of colours, then design, decorate, measure, cut, stitch and make a book cover.
A basic hardback book insert with plain paper,vof the size selected with the order, is provided, but participants will have an opportunity to upgrade/purchase a different book insert size on the day. Alternatively, they can bring their own(size must match the workshop option selected).
Booking options are provided to make either an A6, an A5 or an A4 sized book cover.
At the end of the course participants will have a re-usable book cover (depends on option selected), but please be aware that competent leather working of this sort requires a level of skill only achieved through many hours of practice, so it may help to see the activity as a 'leather experience day', where in the short, intense amount of time allocated, we'll do our best to assist you in realising your book cover design.
COVID 19: Sadly our "Make you own" workshop program was effected by the Coronavirus pandemic since March 2020, but we hope to re-start hosting sessions during after 17th May 2021 - book now to get a space in our schedule when it restarts.
VALIDITY PERIOD: Voucher holders must book and redeem their place on the experience within 12 months of the order date.
Please note that during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 our workshop program was been severely curtailed due to both lockdown and social distancing measures. We plan to host our workshop program again when circumstances allow, but not earlier than 17th May 2021. We're monitoring the situation for the earliest likely date we are able to restart sessions properly and as such any workshop vouchers purchased during 2020, or with expiry dates during this pandemic, will be extended to help accommodate any missed or backdated sessions. Thank you for your understanding and patience at this time.
LOCATION: Woodings Yard Studios, Stafford, in a small courtyard very close to the Town centre; very close to the main railway station; approx.15 minutes from J13 or J14 of the M6. We have is a Craft Beer & Gin Bar with Cafe right next door to us and several food outlets are nearby.
Details for very nearby car parking will be given when workshop date is arranged, but please note that there are NO parking facilities on site.
DURATION: approx. 4-6 hours (depending on size of book cover to be made).
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: A specific workshop date will need to be booked by the participant subsequent to making this purchase. Dates are subject to availability within our workshop program and there may be other participants also making an item on the same date. Sessions will not normally excede 5 persons.
HEALTH & SAFETY: Sturdy shoes or boots with good grip are essential please. Open toe shoes will not be allowed and will exclude participants from the day if worn. Sharp tools and needles will be used throughout the workshop. All materials and relevant tools are provided so please do not bring your own without prior agreement. Health and safety information will be provide when the date of the session is confirmed and a reiteration of this will be given at the start of the actual workshop.
Depending on the book size option slected for the workshop, participants will make either an A6, A5 or A4 book slip cover. Book inserts are available to buy on the day at a corresponding size.