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Leatherworking with a Master Craftsman

London, United Kingdom

Experience hosted by Yusuf

2 hours
Includes drinks, tickets, equipment
Up to 2 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Step into a magical studio and learn one of the oldest crafts known to mankind! Craft your own professionally finished leather goods using the same premium leather, tools and techniques used in my work. You will leave with leather goods as made by you and personalised with your initials or a message - the ultimate souvenir to remember your trip to London! Whether you are leather curious or a serial hobbyist - this workshop will make a leather lover out of you!

We start by discussing my journey from lawyer to professional craftsman followed by a talk on the history of leather and its historical trade in London. We also have a comprehensive overview of tanning and current views on sustainability, ethics and welfare.

You have a choice of items you can select from (please see photos). These have been cleverly designed with a modern minimal aesthetic and are suitable for all abilities, ages and genders.

You will work on the chosen project(s) with individual attention given throughout the class and we will finish by packing the item to take home or to give as a gift.

During this workshop you will learn:
- Working with professional patterns
- Cutting leather accurately
- Punching holes (guests love hammering!)
- Shaping leather
- Use a professional heated tool
- Burnishing leather
- Using brass fittings
Step into a magical studio and learn one of the oldest crafts known to mankind! Craft your own professionally finished leather goods using the same premium leather, tools and techniques used in my work. You will leave with leather goods as made by you and personalised with your initials or a message - the ultimate souvenir to remember your trip to London! Whether you are leather curious or a serial hobbyist - this workshop will make a leather lov…

Yusuf's commitment to safety

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What's included

  • Drinks
  • Tickets
    Exclusive 10% discount on items purchased after the workshop
  • Equipment
    Premium vegetable tanned leather and professional tools
From $134
/ person
Sun, 2 May
$134 per person
$134 per person
Sun, 2 May
$134 per person
$134 per person
Sun, 2 May
$134 per person
$134 per person

Meet your host, Yusuf

Host on Airbnb since 2014
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Working as a solicitor in London, I yearned for a life free of commuting, offices, suits and computers. I travelled the world to learn from the best craftspeople and escaped the city rat race to become a professional craftsman.

I combine traditions from masters of English heritage with the elegance and finesse of fabled European brands to give you a unique take on the craft. My work is an eclectic alliance of colours and textures.

I have an international client list for my bespoke work and private lessons. I teach leather working to students at a secondary school to inspire and keep the craft alive. My work has won awards, has been exhibited at the Walsall Leather Museum in England and I've taught leatherworking to John Malkovich.

Learn more about my work at 'www.yussi.co' or find me on Instagram as 'yussico' and 'yussime'.
Working as a solicitor in London, I yearned for a life free of commuting, offices, suits and computers. I travelled the world to learn from the best craftspeople and escaped the city rat race to become a professional craftsman.

I combine traditions from masters of English heritage with the elegance and finesse of fabled European brands to give you a unique take on the craft. My work is an eclectic alliance of colours and textures.

I have an international client list for my…
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Where you'll be

The workshop will be held at Cockpit Arts in Deptford which is an award-winning social enterprise and the UK’s only business incubator for craftspeople. Get a rare glimpse into a working studio and learn directly from a professional craftsman. Deptford is the new Shoreditch - a hidden gem with a bustling art scene designated as a Creative Enterprise Zone in London. Greenwich is walking distance and worth a visit after your experience.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 53 reviews.

Kali
March 2020
This experience gives you a great background into the leather industry and then allows you to take that understanding and create something yourself. There are a great variety of items to choose to make and I was pleasantly surprised to find we were able to make as many in the time slot instead of a single piece. Yusuf was very knowledgeable and gave the perfect amount of assistance when learning the techniques. Would give this experience 6 stars if I could :)
This experience gives you a great background into the leather industry and then allows you to take that understanding and create something yourself. There are a great variety of it…
Sleiman
February 2020
Wonderful experience. fun, sweet, cute, and we learned a lot and got to work with our hands. The whole atmosphere was just amazing. Yusuf is super friendly and fun. He goes beyond to make you feel like old friends.
Shazma
February 2020
Yusuf was a wonderful host - he made us feel really comfortable, was really attentive throughout and went out of his way to help us make special pieces
紫萱
February 2020
It was amazing experience, Yusuf gave all the backgrounds information and the professional skills to help with. I made as a gift and it’s fantastic! Yusuf have very unique products and I love his designs!
Gihyun
February 2020
찾아가는데 위치가 헷갈리실 수도 있으니 예상시간 보다 넉넉하게 도착하심이 좋을 것 같아요!
Katrin
February 2020
We loved Yusuf's leather workshop and had a wonderful time working with leather, learning new skills and making some gorgeous souvenirs. I would highly recommend this experience. Yusuf is very friendly, patient and helpful. We would love to come back for another class next time we are in London! What can we make next Yusuf? 😊
We loved Yusuf's leather workshop and had a wonderful time working with leather, learning new skills and making some gorgeous souvenirs. I would highly recommend this experience. Y…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 2 guests ages 11 and up can attend.