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Leaf Leather One and Two Day Leather courses March 21 2017

If you've always wanted to learn a new skill and be able to make or repair your own leather products Leaf Leather offers one and two day courses within our retail shop artisan, in Chagford, Devon. Tuition is generally one to one although a maximum of 2 students will be accepted if you wish to learn with a friend or partner.
The course will be tailored to your own interests but will cover choosing suitable leather for you projects, cutting leather, skiving leather, burnishing, hand stitching, pattern making. During a one day course a top quality leather belt can be made and taken home within the price of the course. On a two day course with greater leather use, this will be paid for at supply cost.
If you have saddlery or other leather products this is a great way to make yourself self-sufficient with regard to leather repairs and if you just like leather the skills you learn will enable you to make your own bags, notebook covers, key fobs, book marks, wallets and belts to your own design.
Call Martin on 01647 432414 to book the next available one or two day course. Prices (based on one to one tuition):
One Day Course £165
Two day Course  £245
Graeme Harris ***** review
I did a 2 day course with Martin, as a birthday present from my lovely wife, great fun, made things, chatted lots, I'd recommend it for anyone who enjoys some handicraft. There's some great pottery in the shop, well worth a visit. Thanks again Martin!

JANUARY10 January 05 2017

Start 2017 well belted and save yourself 10% on our bespoke leather products. Leaf leather products are hand made to your order so our sale isn't stock clearance of mass produced and overstocked items on the High St. We offer genuine prices all year round, and in January we are offering a further 10% discount on all our leather goods.


Artisan Leather Skill Courses April 27 2016

Martin will be running regular leather courses in Chagford, according to demand. He can offer either individual day courses tailored to your specific requirements or two day group courses. The two day course will give participants a basic level of many leather working skills, including, choosing leathers, cutting leather, bevelling, skiving, edge finishing, hand stitching, and more. All materials and tools will be supplied. Participants will make a quality leather belt to take home and further projects on day 2 (additional leather to be paid for at cost price).

If you have specific requirements such as saddlery repair or just want one to one tuition or improve your skills following the two day course, then he can offer one day one to one courses within the shop and studio. (Usually Sun or  Mon)

COST OF TWO DAY GROUP COURSE (Max 4)

£225 includes cost of belt leather

COST OF ONE DAY COURSE

£175 (one to one tuition)

Please contact Martin if you are interested for more details and to book your place. 

Tel: 01647 432414 email: leafartisanleather@gmail.com


What will you commission? April 27 2016

In a world of mass production it is rare to be able to choose a design and materials for your own bag which you know will last you a lifetime. In addition to the starting point of our Dartmoor inspired bag designs, at Leaf Leather we are able to create a one off commissions to suit customers specific needs.

Martin's most recent design is this large hand stitched ruck sack style which can also be carried like a briefcase. The beautiful naturally tanned full grain hide will last a lifetime.

Abigail Cooper-Hanson commented on collecting her new hand stitched bag, "It's perfect for what I needed. The best bag I've ever had..."

If you want something special and unique call Martin on 01647 432414 to discuss your requirements.


New Year Sale 10% plus free gift January 14 2016

If Santa didn't bring you a hand made belt with leather tanned at the last Oak Bark Tannery in Europe...well maybe it's time to treat yourself with one of our beautiful bespoke belts, which have been featured in GQ magazine.  Hand stitched with waxed linen threads and made to your order, our belts range from black naturally tanned leather, with a variety of solid brass or nickel coated brass buckles and our beautiful oak bark tan leather. They are objects of desire to treasure for  a lifetime.

If your dog needs a beautiful leather collar and matching lead to replace the cheap leather available in most pet shops then this is the time to order something to make your dog stand out from the crowd and to have a collar and lead which doesn't crack and need replacing in a year or two. We can add a short name to the collar if required.

All orders of belts, bags or dog collars and leads will attract a 10% discount and include one of our very useful popper key fobs, which can clip over a belt or bag, so you never need to lose your keys again!

 


Scorhill Belt is the latest addition to the Solid Silver Collection September 01 2015

Leaf Leather's unique Solid Silver Collection is gaining in popularity. The fact that these stunning belts are unique to Leaf Leather and our retail shop Artisan adds to their allure. 

We like to listen to our customers and felt that the new Scorhill Belt with it's softer oval shape and 1.25" width may be more popular with our women clients. They look absolutely stunning worn with a pair of jeans or chinos. For a more formal look the black leather version may be a better option.

If you have been struggling to look for a solid silver buckle belt, at Leaf Leather you are spoilt for choice!

All our silver belts are hallmarked and handmade in either Oak Bark Tan or Black Bridle Butt naturally tanned leather.The Scorhill and Fingle belts all wear their assay credentials on the face of the buckle. The Fingle belts also come in a 1.25" and a wide rectangle option. The large and wide Fingles are 1.5" wide and about double the silver weight of the 1.25" option. The Heltor buckle has a silver keep and the hallmark is on the back of the buckle.

These belts are a touch of class to last you a life-time. When ordering please check our sizing chart before placing your order. If you have any doubts call Martin on 01647 432414 and he will be happy to talk you through the correct way to measure your bespoke belt to ensure it will offer you a lifetime of service.

 

 

 


January 10% Discount on all leather orders December 31 2014

Happy New Year to all our customers new and old. Our bespoke leather products are hand made to your order so we are unable to offer the massive discounts available for mass produced and overstocked items on the High St. We offer genuine prices all year round, and in January we are offering a further 10% discount on all our leather products.   

So if you would like to start 2015 with a solid silver buckle belt, a hand tooled guitar strap, a hand stitched leather bag or a beautiful dog lead and collar, all made with premium quality naturally tanned leather, then January offers an even better value to buy beautiful leather products to enjoy for a lifetime.

  

 


Artisan advert for Chagford Film Festival 2014 October 22 2014


Martin's New Lustleigh Bag Design September 15 2014

Martin has been making bags for a few years now, but like many artisans is generally so busy fulfilling orders for others that he rarely has time to make something for his own use. This month he decided to design a new bag for himself. On the day it was finished, he took an order for another bag with the same design from a customer, and with this endorsement the new bag has been added to the Leaf Leather range. The Lustleigh has a slightly softer and lighter leather than our kodiak leather Gidleigh and Meldon bags and the full grain Nattadon. The front pocket allows quick access to essentials and the solid brass catch gives a lovely classic feel to the bag. The main pocket will fit an IPAD. Like all our classic bag range it is handstitched with wax linen thread. The new bag retails at £295, making an excellent value hand crafted bag.


Leaf Leather Solid Silver Collection July 16 2014

Leaf Leather's exquisite collection of solid silver buckle belts are gaining attention! They featured in the Christmas Edition of GQ magazine in the section 'What to Buy Him' and since then have become more popular. These belts are unique to Leaf Leather, the weighty solid silver hallmarked buckles being handmade by our jeweller. The Heltor buckle was designed for TV Naturalist Nick Baker, who was looking for something stylish yet ergonomic for a man who spends plenty of time working in tough terrain.

The Fingle buckle has its' assay credentials proudly displayed on the front of the buckle and is available in 1.25" and 1.5" options. These are not mass produced items but handcrafted in our Dartmoor studio and are objects of desire to last you a lifetime. This week we had a number of visitors to our Dartmoor shop who fell in love with them and almost cleared out our stock. Martin is busy making up some more and our jeweller is putting the final polish to our next re-stock of buckles. So get your order in quickly!

 

 

 

 


Bespoke Leather Tooling April 24 2014

Leaf Leather loves to offer our customers something new and personal to them. We can now add 

bespoke leather tooling to your own personal leather commission.

This is Martin's acoustic guitar strap hand embellished with oak leaves and acorns. Contact us for a quotation for your own hand engraved leather tooling to personalize your bag, belt or strap.

Call us on 01647 432414 to discuss your commission.


Spring20 Discounts March 19 2014

Leaf Leather is offering a £20 discount on all Spring sales over £100 in value until 2nd May.

So stock up on beautiful naturally tanned leather belts or treat yourself to a hand-stitched bag with calf skin lining finished to your specification. Call us on 01647 432414 if you require something more bespoke than available in our standard collections.

Just add Spring20 to your order to obtain the discount


Start 2014 with a beautiful hand stitched naturally tanned leather bag, hand made on Dartmoor February 13 2014

Leaf Leathers' hand stitched bags are unique things of beauty which should last a life time. January to March; when Artisan is most quiet, is when Martin gets busy creating. A bag generally takes a week to complete. It would be three days of cutting, bevelling, glueing, dying, stitching and buffing, but in the shop there are frequent interruptions, and hand stitching full grain naturally tanned leather can be an arduous process. Fortunately Martin is enamoured of this act of creation.

 

He selects each hide carefully; the animals growth marks adding character to the finished piece. We always have a selection of bags and leathers in the shop and our online customers can browse the bag collection and request variations on our standard leathers and hardware. All bags, excepting the Drogo gun cartridge bag, are semi-lined with calfskin. Even with our online shop we like to offer a bespoke service. Each bag is handmade in our Dartmoor shop to each customers specific requirements.

 

Our standard bags are priced between £200 and £395


LEAF LEATHER JANUARY SALE January 02 2014

If you weren't one of our many leather customers in 2013 you can start the New Year properly belted and enjoy a 10% discount until the end of January. During 18 months of trading within our retail shop Artisan in Chagford on Dartmoor National Park, Leaf Leather has attracted a growing list of devoted followers. It was wonderful to come into the shop and listen to a message on the ansaphone on Saturday 28th December from someone who after receiving their belt as a Christmas present immediately ordered another and said, "I will never buy a belt from anyone else but Leaf Leather."

            

                       

Our Solid Silver Buckle collection featured in the Christmas Edition of GQ magazine under the section 'Gifts for Him'. So if you are looking for someting truly special we have on offer our Heltor and Fingle buckles (Fingle comes in 1.25" and 1.5" widths). Which would you choose?

 

  


Longer advert Chagford Film Festival October 24 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x471C5DVrY

Artisan advert created for The Chagford Film Festival 2013 October 16 2013


Leaf Leather at Gidleigh Park Hotel July 20 2013

Gidleigh Park Hotel, with its 2 Michelin Star restaurant, is just a couple of miles outside Chagford and has developed close relations with the town and Artisan. We are proud to be suppliers of high quality leather products to the hotel.

 

It's great to work closely with both our jewellers who produce some of our stunning solid silver buckles for our Solid Silver collection, and also with our other artisans. Being local, we can respond to requests for wooden plates in particular woods and designs to match their existing plates or commission jewellery adapted from what we have in the shop. We love working LOCAL! It helps when the local potters painters, wood workers, iron forgers, felters and jewellers are all so talented.

It's also fun developing relationships on a more personal level. Last month Chagford Cricket Club hosted a cricket match between Gidleigh Park and the Chagford holiday company, Helpful Holidays. The club has been voted one of the top 10 village cricket clubs in England, has a stunning setting amongst the surrounding Dartmoor hills. Martin was comandeered into the Helpful Holidays side. It was his first cricket match in 20 years, though at school he did skipper English opener Stuart Broad...father of Englands' current demon bowler and useful batsman Chris Broad. He took a few economical wickets and avoided a duck...and helped win a victory. Seeing Michael Caines MBE, one of UK's greatest chefs, bowl one armed, did re-enforce that talented people can focus and succeed in whatever they choose. All the cricketers were hobbling around Chagford for the following week. They were competitive but the game was played in the best spirit of the game.

It's sometime difficult to find where work ends and pleasure begins in Chagford. The lines are nicely blurrred!

 


Leaf Leather goes online! June 13 2013

Leaf Leather is very excited to be opening an online shop, which will enable those who've not yet discovered the magical town of Chagford, to find out why our grandparents and great grandparents treasured their beautifully crafted leather products of the 1930's and beyond. Our beautiful handmade leather products are all made in our leather studio in our retail shop, 'artisan' in Chagford, Devon in the Dartmoor National Park. We use only the best quality veg tan leathers, including the unique Oak Bark Tan leather from J&FJ Baker's in Colyton, which is the last remaining oak bark tannery in England. The hides are tanned for an everage of 15 months to produce a hide which looks and smells wonderful and will age beautifully.

 

         Martin hand-stitching OBT belt                                               Hand burnishing a Chagford Satch Bag

Our online leather shop may tempt you to visit 'artisan', our retail shop at 68 The Square, Chagford, where you can find the best quality locally made goods in leather, wood, silver, felt, forged iron and clay, and discover some wonderful local painters. Our focus is on functional items as we believe using beautiful objects in our everyday lives, is one of life's great pleasures.

Our leather studio produces hand stitched belts, dog leads, dog collars, bags, phone holders and document cases. We also offer a bespoke service for those looking for something very particular.