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Leatherworking 201: Portmanteau


Leatherworking 201: Portmanteau

Friday & Saturday June 5-6, 2020
Friday from 4 PM to 8 PM
Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM
2-Day Class
Ages 18+ years
Old School, Waterford, Virginia

Portmanteaux were the carry-on luggage of the eighteenth century.  Equally at home behind the cantle of a saddle, under the bench of a coach-and-four, or in the overhead stowage of a modern passenger jet, students will have the opportunity to create a lovely reproduction of a rare example from the Fort Ticonderoga collection.  In so doing, they will build upon the elementary skills and knowledge of the Leatherworking 101 class, and will develop intermediate skills that can be used toward the intermediate-advanced Leatherworking 201 class.

Students will prepare waxed-ends (twisted thread tipped with a flexible wild boar bristle), prepare pre-cut portmanteau pieces for assembly, apply bindings, texture the leather, sew and attach leather-wrapped handles, prepare straps, attach buckles and straps, and sew the portmanteau together. 

Lunch and snacks are provided on both days.

Instructor: Brett Walker

$250 Class Fee
$85 Materials Fee 

  • Use traditional methods to create a portmanteau from leather!

  • Build on your leatherworking skills with an expert in colonial leatherworking!

  • Snacks and lunch included both days.

All materials are provided with payment of $85 materials fee.


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Foundation members receive a $25 discount on a class.

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