Pictavia Leatherwork

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Perth, Scotland, UK
122-124 South Street Scotland PH2 8PA GB

All Pictavia Leatherwork is made entirely by Hamish Lamley, formerly known as Half-Goat Leatherwork.

I am originally from Aberdeenshire in the NorthEast of Scotland, now situated in the Perthshire region of Central Scotland.

I run workshops, courses, and demonstrations throughout the UK and Europe periodically.

Bespoke Leathercraft workshops arranged by booking, for one-to-one mentoring or a group of two or three persons from my home workshop in Perthshire. This is ideal for those who have a specific project in mind or just want to learn the basics. This can be from a starter day making a belt, phone case, or knife sheath, to a three day more immersive course making a sporran, shoulder bag, or fitting several smaller projects together. Longer courses may also be required to work on more detailed and advanced projects, subject to discussion.

Workshops will cover as much as the craft as possible from how to select leathers, to cutting, carving, dyeing, hand stitching, lacing, braiding, and offer a comprehensive list of tools and where to get them at the best price. Workshop pupils will come away from a course with not only a nice finished product, but the means to confidently continue leatherwork on their own with a solid foundation of skills and knowledge.

Leatherwork is my connection to the past. It is my way to solve problems as our ancestors did, to work at my own pace and see the world as they did. When I take knife, needle and thread to leather, it is with the same techniques that leather craftsmen have used for thousands of years as I explore Iron age and early Medieval leatherworking methods and tools alongside their contemporary counterparts. There is the inherent challenge of trying to solve a problem using only the most basic of tools. It is my passion to recreate ancient Norse and Pictish stone carvings, bringing the old medium back to life in leather, and to research and produce historic replicas based on archaeological finds. See my Pictish living history work here.

For me Leatherwork is also about function. I use traditional methods because they have also been developed over thousands of years, and are often the most functional and practical. I want my work to outlive me, and so I strive to create the most durable works to combine function and beauty.

I began teaching myself leatherwork whilst bedbound for several years. It provided a way to focus my mind, and gave me a lot of time to pursue another avenue to researching my passion for Norse and Pictish history.

Now my work continues with one eye on the past and one to the future, as I experiment with making contemporary products, but with some connection to the past, be it with an ancient design carved on it, or simply the method of construction.

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