Leatherwork – make a folio case with Jeremy and Carla Bonner

Ref: S3D08896


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About this course

You will be re-introduced to using traditional leatherworkers' hand tools and stitching techniques, which you will put into practice to make a folio case, from vegetable tanned leather. Complete by making a rolled handle and attaching a folio bar.

Course Description

On this course, you will be using vegetable tanned leather and traditional hand tools. During the three days you will be re-introduced to hand tools and techniques which you will then put into practice to make your folio case, including making a rolled handle and using/attaching a folio bar.

Jeremy and Carla will work alongside you demonstrating each process, and the tools to complete them. You will work from templates with traditional hand tools and stitching techniques, and shown how to attach straps, closures and fixings.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The cost of leather to make your folio case

What students need to bring

  • Stout covered footwear - essential in the workshop
  • Notebook and pencil


Jeremy and Carla Bonner

Jeremy and Carla Bonner established Bonner Leather Studio in 2014 just outside Cirencester, where they work together. Jeremy graduated from Birmingham School of Art and Carla graduated from Newcastle on Tyne Polytechnic.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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