Finished leather boot upper A pair of hand crafted flat soled leather boots Stitching on a leather midsole Sizing the upper to the sole Fitting the heel section Nearing the end of day two on the Leather Boots Workshop Leather boot construction Stitching the upper on the Leather Boots Workshop Leather boot in progress Marking out the cuff stitching Cutting out the pattern Leather stitching kit Nearly finished!

Leather Boots Workshop

Spend three days outside in a woodland workshop, hand crafting your own leather flat soled boots.

If you have an interest in self sufficiency and crafts and the idea of hand crafting your own clothing and kit appeals, this three day workshop is for you! These no nonsense, stitch-through, flat soled, sewn in tongue leather boots are made using a soft, flexible but tough grain on leather for the upper, a slightly thicker more durable leather for the stitched on mid-sole and a grippy rubber outsole.

This means that they’ll be lightweight, flexible, extremely packable (as spare footwear on camping trips) and quick drying whilst still being tough as .....well, old boots! Having made them from scratch, means you’ll also be able to mend them and even make more when they (eventually) wear out!

You will be shown how to accurately measure and cut out all the individual pieces for your boots using a pattern made around your own foot.  Leather working and sewing techniques will also be taught, useful skills which can be applied to other future projects. The design and sizing will be based on a typical minimalistic, flat soled ‘foot shaped’ shoe allowing more toe movement for grip along with a minimal sole to ‘read’ the woodland floor whilst quietly walking through the forest.

We’ll be following a standard, tried and tested pattern but this will allow some space for originality. Different coloured leather, mixing and matching colours, lacing loops instead of brass eyelets – the finished footwear will truly be unique to you.

If you’re looking for a different style of handmade soft soled woodland footwear please take a look at our Moccasin Workshop.

Each working day will begin at 9am sharp and we’ll down tools at 6pm daily, however please be prepared to put in some extra hours in the evening if required.

All tools, materials and hot drinks are provided however, as all craft workshops are self-catered, please bring your own food for the duration. Our woodland kitchen has plenty of robust pots and pans for cooking over the campfire, as well as cool boxes and secure containers to store your food. You would be welcome to bring a small camping stove to speed up mealtimes, however small, personal camp fires are absolutely fine and fire wood is plentiful and free.

If you wish to stay locally, the nearest villages to our location are Tisbury, Hindon & Chicklade. If you would like to camp over in the woods, please mention this when you book.

This workshop can also be booked as a private training course so if the advertised date doesn’t suit you, get in touch to choose your own. Many other crafts, wilderness living and survival skills taught here can also be covered during a private course.


Leather Boots Workshop

Leather Boots Workshop

3 days

07-Jul-2021 to 09-Jul-2021

Start 09.00

Finish 18.00

£285

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