Currently viable crafts




The making of leather items, often using techniques of moulding and embossing. Many of the leatherworking crafts have separate entries.

This craft uses products derived from animals – please read our ethical sourcing statement.


Status Currently viable
Craft category
Historic area of significance
Area currently practised
Origin in the UK
Current no. of professionals (main craft)
Current no. of professionals (sideline to main craft)
Current no. of trainees
Current total no. serious amateur makers
Current total no. of leisure makers
Minimum no. of craftspeople required






Local forms




Issues affecting the viability of the craft


Support organisations


Craftspeople currently known

  • Andy Bates
  • Karl Robinson Historical Leatherwork
  • Andrew Clark Military Metalwork, military leatherwork
  • Janet and Malcolm Eagleton, Scottish Sporrans


Other information

Accredited leatherworking courses are being run in conjunction with Northumberland College. Students start with the basic skills before widening out and then specialising.