Cumbria School of Saddlery
Teaching the skills of the Rural Craftsman
Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0DT, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1768 899919
The best intensive training courses for new saddlers and leatherworkers.
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 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 North of England and is situated right on the edge of the Lake District. The classroom - a converted cow-shed - overlooks the Northern Fells around Ullswater and Helvellyn, and 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 to make it easier for horse-owners to attend, are of up to one week's duration.
The saddlery and leatherwork courses have been running for eighteen years in the context of a small manufacture and repair business 'Hunter Saddlery' which is housed in the same building.
Over 1300 students have attended the Basic Course and many have returned up to four times. They come from all over the UK, Europe and beyond.
An important feature of Redhills is that teaching takes place in a realistic environment where customers come and go, bringing in repairs, 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.