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In-person classCOVID-19 SecureLeatherworking with a Master Craftsman
5(20+ reviews)
Learn fine leather working with master craftsman Yusuf Osman. Choose from five pieces - craft an eco leather purse, bracelet, cuff, keyring or tray.
Deptford
£69 pp
2 hour workshop
Beginner
Next available date:28th November 2020
What happens in this class?

Step into a magical studio and learn one of the oldest crafts known to mankind! Craft your own professionally finished leather goods using the same premium leather, tools and techniques used in my work. You will leave with leather goods as made by you and personalised with your initials or a message. Whether you are leather curious or a serial hobbyist - this workshop will make a leather lover out of you!

We start by discussing my journey from lawyer to professional craftsman followed by a talk on the history of leather and its historical trade in London. We also have…

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Things to remember

Suitable for complete beginners and those with no prior experience. You should be comfortable working standing up. There are two stools if you need to rest or work sitting down.

Training will be given however you should be comfortable working with sharp hand tools. After training, I encourage you to…

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Latest Reviews
5(20+ reviews)
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vicki - November 4th
He was patient and informative. A brief history of leather craft and examples of his work was great. Great conversation!Definitely would go back for another lesson.
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Sean - October 9th
Super interesting and extremely well done! I highly recommend this course for anyone wanting an enjoyable, informative and practical introduction to leatherwork.
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karen - August 4th
We had a great time! I took my two sons aged 13 and 15 and was apprehensive about whether they would like it. My fears were completely unfounded as the workshop was a perfect combination of practical application with encouraging help with a bit of learning about the ancient art of leatherworking thrown in. I can definitely recommend it!
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Age Requirement

11
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Flexible cancellation policy

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YUSSICO is a handsewn bespoke leathergoods label by Yusuf Osman. Drawn to the creative life, Yusuf left the law and travelled the world to learn from the best. He combines centuries old traditions from masters of English heritage with the elegance and finesse learned from fabled European leather goods brands to give you a unique take on the craft. Yusuf has a growing list of international clientele for his bespoke work and private lessons. He also teaches the craft to students at secondary schools to preserve the tradition.

Yusuf's work has been exhibited at the Walsall Leather Museum in…

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Class Location
Cockpit Arts
Deptford
18 - 22 Creekside
SE8 3DZ
London
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vicki - November 4th
He was patient and informative. A brief history of leather craft and examples of his work was great. Great conversation!Definitely would go back for another lesson.
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Sean - October 9th
Super interesting and extremely well done! I highly recommend this course for anyone wanting an enjoyable, informative and practical introduction to leatherwork.
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karen - August 4th
We had a great time! I took my two sons aged 13 and 15 and was apprehensive about whether they would like it. My fears were completely unfounded as the workshop was a perfect combination of practical application with encouraging help with a bit of learning about the ancient art of leatherworking thrown in. I can definitely recommend it!
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Gareth - August 1st
Fun and informative class, and Yusef was very friendly and patient. We got to make nice items with good quality leather. Fun all round!
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Rio - July 24th
Leather working with Yussico is a great way to be introduced to crafting. Through a general introduction to leather and its history you feel guided and comfortable to work on your own protect. We created two personalised garments from scratch in under two hours. Highly recommended, had a great time, would go back again.
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Tauri - July 12th
This workshop was amazing! Yusuf made sure that the studio was clean and we felt safe after this lockdown. The workshop itself was very interesting and a lot of fun. He gave an overview of the history of leather goods and different methods it's tanned etc. We had a nice selection of products which we could work on and also good choice of leathers with very nice tones. He helped us with working with the tools and gave good tips. After completing this workshop I really value the craft and skill that goes into making leather goods. Such a good workshop and I recommend people to go experience it!
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Kerli T. - July 11th
I had an amazing experience at Yusuf's workshop! The time flew by so fast, it was so interesting and engaging. Yusuf was very friendly and patient. His workspace met all the safety measures needed after the lockdown - it was clean, had good ventilation, on-site hand sanitizers, he wore a facemask and offered us one as well. I definitely felt safe and feel confident to recommend his class. The workshop was the best gift I've ever received.
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Sarah Sloman - February 22nd
Fantastic workshop ..... We made had a choice of different colour leathers to use to make different amazing items . Yusuf ( the master craftsman ) was patient , yet encouraging . We came from Essex and York and it was well worth the journey . We will be back for another workshop.
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Raju Ahmed - February 13th
I made the leather card holder and leather tray. Yusuf was really friedly and informative and gave a good introduction to leather and helped me through the process of producing each item, explaining why each of the processes were done. Really pleased with the end products. Thanks Yusuf!
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Zi - February 7th
Knowleadgeable teacher, top quality tools and leather! The products I made look professional and polished. Overall a great introduction to leather making and I look forward to making more things on my own at home.
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Maira - February 2nd
I made a key ring for my friend and a purse for myself today. I had very good time! And Yusuf was an amazing teacher!! I really recommend his workshop!! Thank you so much Yusuf :)!!
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Alex - January 23rd
Yusuf was great, really knowledgeable and passionate about his subject. A very good teacher and really enthusiastic. The class was a good size, really good fun and I have already used my purse!
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Alice - January 20th
My mum and I attended this class together. We were both able to make two things - a tray each, and I made a cuff and my mum a keyring. Yusuf started by giving us a really interesting talk on the history and sustainability of leather, and then gave very clear instructions and support on making our items, while keeping us supplied with tea! The venue is part of a block of artists studios, and comfortable, with a large area to work at. Yusuf was really friendly and supportive and didn't mind us going a bit over time to finish our items. I would add that not all the leather colours will be available, as I think he uses offcuts from his other work - I was initially hoping to use a colour which wasn't available, but I really liked the colour I did use in the end. The class isn't cheap, but we were happy with what we made and really enjoyed our day!
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Ana Rai - January 9th
I booked the leather workshop for my friend and I as a birthday gift, Yusuf was so kind to accommodate us with the date and the time. He was also very helpful with the payment as I was having some issues using the link online. He was kind enough to send me the exact location of the studio and gave us clear directions to find it. I have enjoyed myself so much that I will be coming back for a couple more classes. The class itself was so informative and interesting.
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Smriti - January 9th
Learnt how to make a beautiful purse! Yusuf was very friendly, informative and patient. The class size was perfect for the venue. Would highly recommend!
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Smriti - January 9th
Learnt how to make a beautiful purse! Yusuf was very friendly, informative and patient. The class size was perfect for the venue. Would highly recommend!
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Nicola - January 5th
I had a brilliant time at the Leatherworking workshop leaving with a lovely pink purse. Yusuf knows his craft inside out & taught me so much about sustainable Leather, which was fascinating and enjoyable in itself - then we moved onto making an item from Leather - Yusuf takes his time teaching and helps everyone individually- giving feedback along the way so even though it takes a lot of skill, you feel confident and leave with something you can Instagram ;) I’ll be back.
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Sampada Gurung - December 18th
I reallly enjoyed the workshop ! Yusuf was really lovely and learnt a lot about leather and how sustainable it can be . I always wanted to make my own leather purse and really glad I could make one myself and not just buy it . Really special way to make something that I will keep forever and always cherish . Would 100% recommend this workshop for anyone and everyone ! And also really nice we got to make a keyring which was a added bonus and also took picture of us while working . I love the studio and workshop and vibe. Thank you!!!
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Yen yu - December 18th
Amazing workshop. Yusuf is so knowledgeable and helpful. I made a little purse and key ring. super satisfied with my own creations!
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Franziska - December 14th
Great high quality leather craft workshop! Thank you for the informative, patient, well organised workshop.
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Marga - December 14th
lovely course - very informative and easy to follow instructions. love the two items I can now take home and use as well! would highly recommend this course
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susie - December 12th
Thank you for an amazing workshop! I really enjoyed the session learning about the process and making beautiful leather products. I was really amazed with the professional outcomes from the class and felt like it was a really relaxing atmosphere. This is definitely a brilliant introduction to leather work in a beautiful setting- highly recommended!
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Aimee - December 12th
Can't recommend this class enough - educational and lots of fun in a lovely studio setting! Yusuf is a friendly and very skilled teacher and the products we made were far more professional than I expected having had no previous experience with leather. My Christmas gifts are sorted, although I'm tempted to keep them for myself!
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Pablo R - December 7th
I had the chance to go to this class on a 1 on 1 basis with Yusuf and it was an amazing experience. From the history of leather with some tea to the creation of the pieces it was extremely enjoyable and knowledgeable and compared to other leather working classes you get a lot for your money. I really recommend it to any beginner, remotely or very interested in the craft as you will come out it wanting to do more.
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Pablo R - December 7th
I had the chance to go to this class on a 1 on 1 basis with Yusuf and it was an amazing experience. From the history of leather with some tea to the creation of the pieces it was extremely enjoyable and knowledgeable and compared to other leather working classes you get a lot for your money. I really recommend it to any beginner, remotely or very interested in the craft as you will come out it wanting to do more.
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Halima - November 26th
What to do in London while on holiday? Just come and make! A different experience than usual sightseeing by learning something different. I had practiced how to make my own leather goods and the experience was just wonderful. Thank you YUSSICO for this opportunity and I do recommend people to come and try this leather crafting.
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Saif - November 25th
Had an excellent evening with Yusuf. Wonderful chap. Really friendly and knowledgeable about leather working. Learned a lot and really enjoyed myself. Great atmosphere in the small group. Highly recommended
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Danny - November 25th
What a fantastic experience. Yusuf was a fantastic host and really knows his stuff, helping me understand the basics of the craft. I would highly recommend this course.
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Jamie - November 25th
An absolutely brilliant experience with a super knowledgable and friendly host, Yusuf. I learnt a bunch and Yusuf was great at helping out and giving tips and tricks when needed. 10/10 would recommend!
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Ruth - November 23rd
I have had a wonderful time learning about leather working, not only the practical skills but also the information given about working with leather. It has been a welcoming and comfortable environment to learn something new and gain confidence in leather working. The teacher was friendly open and very supportive and I throughly enjoyed the workshop.
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Angela - November 23rd
We learnt a lot of techniques and were able to practise our new skills a couple of times. There was a good choice of leather and also a choice of what to make which was great. The teacher was really knowledgeable which was great!
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Mike - November 22nd
I had a lot of fun at this workshop. I've dabbled with a few crafts but always had an interest in leather, and a love for long-lasting goods. From a warm welcome, a passionate overview of leatherworking history and evolution of the craft, to diligently managed tuition I made a really cool card wallet and thoroughly enjoyed my time, and have a better idea of what I'd need to do and buy if decide to take up this hobby too! Thanks Yusuf!
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Erik - November 22nd
It was well worth the journey from the opposite side of London. Me and my partner had a great time with Yusuf at his workshop. The skill level was spot on for two complete beginners and Yusuf was both friendly and knowledgable. Highly recommended!
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Mehrunnisa Yusuf - November 15th
Yussi was really welcoming. I found the primer on leather, particularly from the sustainability angle to be really interesting. I also enjoyed the attention to detail.
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julie - June 26th
I really enjoyed this class - it was my first time working with leather and Yusuf was very patient and friendly and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend this as a great taster session!
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Anabel Dorman - June 14th
Amazing experience, such a pleasure learning from a very profesional and passionate teacher. Highly recommended, perfect as gift experience to share with a friend or partner.
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Benjamin Bonte - May 23rd
I had the opportunity to attend this course with two friends and I have a very good time. Yusuf made it very interesting and entertaining. I felt very clumsy while manipulating the tools used for the leather craft, but thanks to Yusuf’s guidance and patience everything went smoothly and I ended up with a beautiful leather item! I highly recommend this course.
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M Rahman - May 21st
This was a fascinating class. Yusuf was a great teacher - friendly, relaxed, and easy to follow. He started the class by telling us about the history of leatherwork, explaining the different ways leather is processed and letting us see and touch different kinds of leather. It was really fascinating and fun. He also provided drinks and snacks, and the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed. After that we moved to the practical part of the workshop. Yusuf gave us the opportunity to choose what we wanted to make: you could make a purse/cardholder, keyring, cuff or tray. The templates he provided us with were easy to use and every step of the way he offered individualised advice and support. We used the same tools that he uses to craft his leather items. I have absolutely no DIY skill but I never felt that he was impatient or unsupportive! I was delighted with my keyring and leather cuff. Yusuf provides workshop attendees with high quality vegetable-tanned leather of a vibrant colour to work with and it's great to be able to leave the class with a beautiful item that you've made yourself.
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Fatma Al-Baiti - May 21st
I would highly recommend this! Yusuf ran the workshop professionally. He started it by giving the attendees some valuable information about leather and its history. He then put forward a couple of items and gave us the freedom to choose what we wanted to make. I loved how he let us use all his tools and he explained each step in the making clearly. You can tell how passionate he is, which always makes it more enjoyable.
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Fatma Al-Baiti - May 21st
I would highly recommend this! Yusuf ran the workshop professionally. He started it by giving the attendees some valuable information about leather and its history. He then put forward a couple of items and gave us the freedom to choose what we wanted to make. I loved how he let us use all his tools and he explained each step in the making clearly. You can tell how passionate he is, which always makes it more enjoyable.
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Viktorija - May 21st
I learned how to make a beautiful cardholder, while learning about leather and the craft of creating leather goods. Yusuf was exceptional and knowledgeable teacher, so patient and passionate about his craft. We got to use professional tools and were guided and encouraged along the way. It was such an enjoyable experience accompanied with a good cup of tea and lovely snacks. Can’t recommend it enough!
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Viktorija - May 21st
I learned how to make a beautiful cardholder, while learning about leather and the craft of creating leather goods. Yusuf was exceptional and knowledgeable teacher, so patient and passionate about his craft. We got to use professional tools and were guided and encouraged along the way. It was such an enjoyable experience accompanied with a good cup of tea and lovely snacks. Can’t recommend it enough!
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Aroub - May 20th
I spent three days in the workshop with Yusuf making an ostrich pouch with crocodile accents. It was a wonderful time and I learned a few things regarding reinforcement, skiving, linings, and how to deal with ostrich leather.
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Oussama - May 20th
A unique experience with a passionate craftsman. Yusuf is also a patient teacher and shares his passion generously. What a great opportunity to discover the tools of a craftsman, and work with the same tools he uses to make his unique and creative leather products ! Yusuf was attentive to everyone in the class, and provided advice and ecouragment, which I definitely needed as I am rather clumsy with my hands... Now I have my own self-handmade leather product ! and so proud of it !!
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Laura - May 17th
I learnt basic leather crafts, different types of leather articles. Tanning, leather crafting tools. Yusuf was very informative and generous in sharing his experience and knowledge. His venue is very comfortable and well organized.
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Natalia - May 17th
YUSSICO was a very nice person. He put his passion and effort into his craftmanship and teaching.
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Natalia - May 17th
YUSSICO was a very nice person. He put his passion and effort into his craftmanship and teaching.
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Caroline - May 17th
Yusuf is really nice and very knowledgeable, he informed us very well and we made a small pouch without stitching which makes a nice souvenir to a fun workshop! Highly recommend!
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Brenda - May 17th
Their is no better teacher then Yusuf, so much patience to explain every detail, so passionate about teaching ! thank you so much for this wonderful course i could attend.
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Jennifer C - May 17th
It was great class! The class helped me learn the basic of leather crafting. He is a very knowledgeable teacher. I highly recommend this class.
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Ashley - May 17th
Yusuf was super knowledgeable about all aspects of leatherwork. I enjoyed learning that leather is actually part of a sustainable supply chain. It was a great introductory class and makes me want to try more projects.