Heritage Skills: Oak Tanned Leather

Tony Morgan will start by guiding students through a simple project to learn the basics of cutting, dying, riveting and edging leather. This could be a belt fob or bracelet. Then students will be shown how to make a template for their main project and how to go through the various stages of stitching, molding and finishing the leather ready for use.

Typical projects are billhook, knife, adze and axe sheaths, and pruning saw and secateurs pouches. Make sure you bring along more than one tool as you may have time to complete two main projects.

Materials: Material costs are £16 per square foot for oak bark tanned Devon cowhide leather (the oak bark used comes from the South Lakes). This equates to about £8 for an axe sheath or £20 for a billhook sheath.

There are no charges for courses if you are unemployed or in full time education, (proof required*). If there is charge for materials you will be expected to pay this and cash should paid to the trainer on the day.

*See Terms and Conditions in event description

Age Limit: Courses are designed for 18years and over. If you are under 18, please contact us on rusland.horizons@lakedistrict.gov.uk to discuss other opportunities.

Meal breaks: Please bring a packed lunch but tea and coffee will be provided

Location: Rusland Reading Rooms, Rusland. The postcode area is LA12 8JZ.

Directions (from the south): Take the turning signed Grizedale from the A590 at Haverthwaite. After 1/4 mile turn right at the T-junction towards Grizedale. After 3-4 miles, you will reach the junction at Rusland Cross (next to Rusland Hall). Turn left and follow the road for about a mile until you go over a bridge. Turn right at the junction immediately after the bridge up a narrow road. At the next T-junction (1/4 mile), turn left. After another 1/4 mile, the Reading Rooms are on the right opposite Rusland Church. (see map)


It is your instructor's responsibility to ensure your safety. In the event of exceptionally poor or dangerous weather conditions the course may need to be cancelled.

Please note that we are unable to offer refunds for any part of a course altered at short notice because of the weather.

Please contact Rebecca at rebecca.oaks@btinternet.com or your instructor if you have any questions.


Terms and Conditions

Course Fees - Concessions

Courses are free if you are unemployed or are in full time education. These discounts relate to course fees only, materials costs still apply. Money for materials should be brought to the course and given to the trainer directly on the day.

Applying for the Unemployment or Student Discount

If you want to apply for the unemployment, or student discount, please send us proof of your eligibility within seven days of your booking a course. You can send this to us via email to rusland.horizons@lakedistrict.co.uk or send via post to:

Sharon Callaghan, Rusland Horizons, LDNPA Southern Office, Saunderpot, Haverthwaite, LA12 8AB,

If you have not supplied proof within the required seven days, you will be charged the full amount for the course.

We can accept copies of the following documents:

Job Seekers

Proof that you are receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
Letter on headed paper from your JobCentre Plus confirming your status


Student Card
Certificate of student status provided by your university, college or school.
Letter on headed paper signed by your tutor, head tutor, dead of department or University / College administration staff member.


In order to receive a full refund, you must notify us 30 days of the course start date that you are unable to attend.

We are unable to offer refunds for any part of a course altered at short notice because of the weather.

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