Cumbria School of Saddlery

Teaching the skills of the Rural Craftsman

Eskdale, Upton Magna Business Park, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY4 4TT, UK

Tel: (01743) 709935

Established 1996

The best intensive training courses for new saddlers and leatherworkers.
Professional, friendly and fun.

You could learn saddlery skills and techniques in a beautiful part of the country! Master Saddler, David May, offers a wide range of saddlery and traditional leatherwork courses from leather preparation and stitching, to the making and repairing of bridlework and dog equipment, repair of tack, saddle re-flocking, box and case-making at beginner and intermediate stages.

Cumbria School of Saddlery is the only independently-run establishment of its kind in the Midlands. The classroom - a beautifully converted farm shed - offers up to six people a wide range of saddlery and traditional leatherwork courses at beginner and intermediate stages. No previous experience is necessary and age is no object! Courses take place once or twice a month throughout the year and are of up to one week's duration.

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Over 1350 students have attended the Basic Course and many have returned up to four times. They come from all over the UK, Europe and beyond.

The saddlery and leatherwork courses have been running for the last twenty years in the context of a small manufacture and repair business. It is an important feature of the school that customers come and go collecting and bringing in work, collecting tack and being charged for services at the going rate. It follows that tuition has a firm, commercial base and is carried out in a practical atmosphere.

To find out more we now have some YouTube video clips available of some of the topics covered on The Bridlework Course Part 1 course. Cumbria School of Saddlery looks forward to welcoming you to our courses.


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