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Evancliffe Leathercraft


Evancliffe Leathercraft offer a wide range of Leatherwork Training Workshops to suite everyone. For example students can learn to make a Leather Belt, a Hand Bound Leather Journal, a Tool Cover or a Water Bottle amongst other things.  As a part of the learning process the student will often come away with an additional small leather item as well. 

Evancliffe Leathercraft are constantly developing new workshops, so if what you want to make is not on the list, please contact them to discuss the possibilities. 

Evancliffe Leathercraft's training workshops are usually based in and around County Durham in the north East of England. There are a number of regular venues including the recently opened POD Gallery in Bishop Auckland and the Yurt at Hardwick Park.  A venue near to the centre of Darlington is also expected to be included shortly.

In addition to scheduled workshops, Evancliffe leathercraft can deliver bespoke 1-2-1 Workshops.  Locations for these can vary but many are run from Evancliffe Leathercraft's Weardale base which has stunning views overlooking Weardale in County Durham. 


Evancliffe leathercraft was set up and is run by Clive & Wendy Elsdon.  They first developed an interest in leatherwork as an offshoot of Green Woodworking. The first leatherwork they undertook was the design and manufacture of leather tool guards and cases for many varied green woodworking tools, such as draw knives, spoke shaves, froes, carving knives etc. This lead to an interest in leatherwork in general and then enrolment on the first QCF Level 2 Creative Craft Leathercraft course at Northumberland College’s Hexham Centre.  Both successfully completed the course. 

Wendy's professional background in Teaching has ensured that Evancliffe Leathercraft’s workshops have been developed with learning in mind.  Each Workshops goals are achievable and they can be adapted to suite different learning styles. 

Some student reviews:

“I would encourage anyone to try this course. Clive and Wendy are such enthusiastic and knowledgeable teachers, you can’t go wrong! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this course and I’m delighted with my finished item [I’ve showed it off to everybody I know!!] Thanks for your patient tuition Clive and Wendy.” – Karen B (Leather Waterbottle Workshop.)


“My wife and I went on this course; I made a simple belt which was in itself good value. My wife used a simple clasp buckle which she had inherited, which meant the belt was more complicated in order to allow adjustment. Clive and Wendy spent the time to make sure the design worked well. We came away with beautiful, durable belts which we simply couldn’t have bought.” – Mike G. (Belt Workshop.)

“If any one is thinking about doing a course, do so, very good guidance. and fantastic product to take home, great value for money and lovely peeps too …” – Amanda B. (Hand Bound Leather Journal Workshop.)

“The hands-on leathercraft workshop that Clive and Wendy offer are first class. They explain everythingin an easy to understand manner, making the course idea for total beginners. The cost of the workshop includes all material so there are no surprises or extra costs.” – Jayson G. (Introduction to Leathercraft – Belt Making Workshop.)


“Thanks to Clive and Wendy for a great course today. Karen really likes the leather belt I made for her and I now know that I will be spending any Xmas money on tools to make some more.” – Bill W. (Introduction to Leathercraft – Belt Making Workshop.)


“I went on a very enjoyable course to make a wet moulded leather flask. I learnt the basics of leather stitching and wet moulding and having almost no experience before came away with a brilliant little flask. Highly recommended!” – Djamel H. (Leather Waterbottle Workshop.) 


(Evancliffe Ltd trading as Evancliffe leathercraft)