Meet the Artisans – Evancliffe Leathercraft

Evancliffe Leathercraft View

Clive and Wendy Elsdon offer you a warm welcome to
Evancliffe Leathercraft.  We created our
business after successfully completing The Creative Craft leatherwork Course
with Northumberland College in 2014 and we now create and sell an extensive
range of quality handcrafted leather products.

 We live in the stunning countryside of Weardale in County
Durham and are constantly inspired by our amazing views.  As you browse through our products, you will
see that the view often features as a backdrop in the photos.


We source our leather from a local supplier.  Most of our products are created with
vegetable-tanned leather, as this allows us amazing possibilities to wet mould
bowls and bottles, to hand stamp/embellish products to create our own designs
and to then hand dye it in a wide variety of both traditional and contemporary
colours.  We hand cut the leather and our
products are constructed using the traditional saddle stitch method.   This incredibly strong form of stitching has
been passed down through generations of saddle makers.  Our products are then hand burnished and
finished with a traditional leather cream. 
We provide care instructions with all of our products to ensure they
last for many years to come.

 We also honoured to undertake repairs and restorations.  This often involves transforming treasured
family heirlooms, which invoke many precious memories. We treat each item with
the utmost care and respect and restorations can be sensitively undertaken if
required.  This may involve simply
re-stitching a piece of leatherwork, feeding dry leather and making replacement
leather pieces and sourcing/replacing fittings etc.  Last year we were privileged to restore a 100
year old case for rare guitar!  It was an
amazing journey to see this faded, damaged and broken case transform once again
into a beautiful handcrafted product.

We love to pass on our knowledge, techniques and skills onto
our students when they attend our wide range of leathercraft workshops.  Students can learn how to make a Leather
Belt, a Hand Bound Leather Journal or learn about Wet Moulding & Stamping and lots more.  We have also recently added a Wire Wrapped
Jewellery workshop.

In addition to scheduled workshops, we can deliver Bespoke
1:2:1 Workshops.  Wendy’s professional
background in Teaching has ensured that Evancliffe Leathercraft’s workshops
have been developed with quality learning in mind.

Thank you for taking the time to read our first blog for The
British Craft House.  Please feel free to
contact us to discuss your requirements or for further information.

Warmest Regards

Clive and Wendy Elsdon

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