The Amayzing Workshop
We are part of Amayzing Saddlery Ltd.
Owned and managed by SMS qualified Saddler and Saddle Fitter -Laura Nickel, Amayzing Saddlery is an equestrian business which was founded 14 years ago and includes a tack shop, leather repair workshop, horse rug wash and repair facility and our core business, saddle fitting and saddle sales.
Laura has passed on some of her leather working skills to members of her staff and following some interesting commissions, we discovered leathercraft as distinct from saddlery . Following a meeting with Tandy Leather Ltd at a conference in 2016, a partnership was developed and the Amayzing Workshop came into being.
We established a classroom for teaching leathercraft at the back of our equestrian shop and developed our skills in designing, preparing and making leather goods including decoration in the form of leather carving and stamping.
We worked with Tandy until they closed in the UK last year. We run classes and sessions for small groups of adults in an informal and friendly setting. We have full facilities including wheelchair access, a kitchen, toilets and our own car park outside.
Classes are mainly delivered by Frances Simpson who previously trained primary teachers in science and technology for Strathclyde University and the University of the West of Scotland.
Other staff members are developing leatherworkers and are happy to share their ideas and skills and assist students with their own development.