New Leather Work Classes and Classroom

We’ve got a lot of new things going at the school—one of which is a new classroom across the courtyard!

This will allow us to hold classes in 2 spaces at once.  We have a new class starting on the 20th called Intermediate Leather Work, designed to take the Exploring Leather work to the next level.  We’ll be focusing on finer skills, hand stitching and lacing, more knowledge and experience with vegetable tanned leather and interesting handles and zipper installation.  We don’t have the syllabus completed at this time, but I know many of you have been waiting for the next class in the series.  We will still be running the Exploring Leather Work on Tuesday nights for 6 weeks for those of you who want to repeat that class.  As you know, we’ll still be doing similar projects as before, but there’s always new leathers and hardware to incorporate.


And for those who are itching to jump into independent bench time, we are VERY close to having the new space done which will house that.  I really appreciate your patience with us as we’ve been finalizing details on a system that will keep that space and tools available for you on a pretty regular basis.

Please sign up asap—there are only 6 spaces in each class.


  1. Hi, I would like to register for shoe making classes.May I know if your school would be able to teach me about the 100% of whole shoe making industry as a career.

  2. I would love to take your classes and make career out
    of.The dilemma i have is that i am not working and my
    husbands 401k will pay for the classes ,they want to pay for all the classes that i will be taking up front but i need proof that i will be attending your school.I really want to take these classes and your the only shoe making school i could find here in Chicago.

  3. I wAs there back in the fall with my girls making a clutch bag, There was a leather handbag hanging up on the wall, domyounstill have classes to make that bag and if so how much is it. We would like to all make one.


  4. I would very much like to take your classes beginning with leather 101 and progressing to shoe making. I am a nurse who works as an independent contractor so I can arrange my schedule to come take classes. I will be traveling from North Carolina. What would be the best way to take the classes, so I am able to get more than a couple of hours of class on a day that I fly up to Chicago ? Are there grouping of classes for beginners that are at least 2 days..
    Thanks so much, Lu Gentry

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