Learn the art of leather­work

Hamilton Press - - COMMUNITY COOKBOOK -

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

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