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April 27 - 28, 2024

Leatherworking: Shoes, Bags, and Backpacks with Peter Yenken

LES Basecamp, Afton • 101 Rocky Bottom Lane AftonVA  22920 Organized by The Living Earth School

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With leather you can make beautiful, functional pieces of gear that will last for years. You’ll learn how to design a piece, various stitching patterns, and the basics of leatherworking that you can apply to any future project you choose. Options: Like the idea of an intro leatherworking project? A small leather bag is versatile, and gives you space to try several stitching techniques. (One-day project). For easy access you can also choose to make a leather messenger bag. Covering many of the same skills as the other leather projects, this is the perfect project for someone who wants a larger bag that’s easy to get things in and out of. (One-day project). A leather backpack: Have you ever wanted to make your own backpack, big enough for a full-on backpacking trip? This weekend project will get you deep into the art of leatherworking. (Two-day project). Leather shoes: Come make your own pair of leather shoes, an item you’ll use every day, made by hand, by you! How cool is that? (Two-day project). Learn new skills, and make new friends. Leatherworking is just one of the projects Peter is offering this weekend, so you will be working alongside a number of other people making a number of different things! Ages: All! Most participants are adults, but all ages are welcome. Children must have a responsible adult with them if they cannot work alone. Children under 8 are required to have an adult come and help get them settled and started on a project.


April 27 - 28, 2024

Saturday, Sunday

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Ages 8-99


LES Basecamp, Afton

101 Rocky Bottom Lane AftonVA  22920

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1 Day (Leather messenger bag, or handbag)


2 Day (Letter backpack or shoes)


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