Cumbria School of Saddlery

Teaching the skills of the Rural Craftsman

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

Tel: 0788 969 1012

Established 1996

Welcome to the Cumbria School of Saddlery - Tools website. After twenty-one years running saddlery and leatherwork courses, the courses have stopped and David is concentrating on supplying good quality tools.

Below you will find the list of saddlery and leatherwork tools. Through teaching the craft to groups of people from all over the world, I know which ones you need to have on your bench when you start on that exciting journey into leather! Leatherwork and saddlery are rewarding, captivating and enjoyable crafts. Once begun, however, these crafts can become addictive. That will do you no harm; except you may develop a tendency to argue with yourself, have stained fingers, a bent posture and short sightedness!

The flocking irons, mashers, mini clams, loop sticks and strops are all made by individual craftspeople in the UK and go all over the world. Please note that postage prices given here are for the UK. If you contact me from abroad I will give you the correct postage.

I know the tools for sale here will suit your purpose and are of good quality. These useful items have been developed and are of a superior design to those usually offered byo the trade. Some are completely unique and unobtainable elsewhere. This explains why Cumbria School of Saddlery -Tools has a niche, worldwide market. The Flocking irons and Book of Measurements go to leatherworkers in, e.g., Holland and Australia! Saddle fitters everywhere love the bent flocking irons.

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There are short videos of saddlery techniques available too. Please visit: Youtube video clips.


updated by David May, October 2017 Site maintained by MKH Computer Services Ltd.