Learn the art of leatherwork
There are few crafts as old as leatherworking and now you can be part of this proud tradition by learning how to do it yourself.
Tutors Fiona Thomson and Carene Jenkins will guide you through leather types as well as buying, preparing and cutting out patterns.
You will then stamp, stitch, dye, polish and finish off a series of precut samples.
Use these techniques to finish two personalised articles: a key fob and a belt.
If you have any leather tools, bring them along. An assessment will be done to see if any tools need to be ordered so everyone has a starter kit for home projects and future classes. The course costs $165; a starter kit costs between $180 and $300. Carene is a trained saddler from Morrinsville and Fiona has been working with leather since 1978. Both worked are members of the Australia NZ Leather Artisans Association and worked with Weta Workshop on The Hobbit movie in 2011.
The six-week course starts Wednesday, May 11, 6.30pm – 9pm. For a list of tools or more information, visit fraserace.ac.nz