CRAFT MATES vol.2 October 25th

No boring lessons, only live workshops from the experienced practicing masters who know your needs and understand your problems as they’ve been through it.

One full day of online workshops united by the essential massage: BUILD YOUR LEATHER CRAFT BUSINESS.

The conference will be interesting for both beginners and advanced crafters: we share leather craft techniques for the starter level and for masters who want to boost their business to a new level.

The conference will take place online on October 25th, 2020.

Early bird tickets only 12€, only 50 are available.


11.00 - 13.00 Leather craft design process: Lucas Moura

13.00 - 15.00 Easy edge finishing: Vít Ondračka

15.00 - 16.00 lunch time;

16.00 - 18.00 Advanced leather craft techniques: Wojciech Kaminski

18.00 - 20.00 Tannery section: Martina Squarcini (Conceria Il Ponte) and Manuel Casella  (Conceria Puccini)

CET Time (GMT +2):
Amsterdam, Andorra, Belgrade, Berlin, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Gibraltar, Ljubljana, Luxembourg, Madrid, Malta, Monaco, Oslo, Paris, Podgorica, Prague, Rome, Sarajevo, Skopje, Stockholm, Tirane, Vienna, Warsaw, Zagreb, Zurich.

11.00 Martina Squarcini, Conceria Il Ponte, Consorzio Vera Pelle

Duration: 1 hour with Q&A session

Squarcini family owns one of the most iconic tannery in Toscana - Conceria Il Ponte founded more than 50 years ago.
Martina is also a Board member of The Genuine Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather Consortium (Consortium Vera Pelle).

Martina will kindly share her experience in Italian leather tanning traditions and the mission of the Consortium.
We will know better the soul and character of Italian leathers, Vacchetta leather traditions and how to pick the best leather for your project.

The workshop will be open for Q&As from the viewers.

12.00 Deyan Stefanov, DS Leather Goods: leather craft tools;

Duration: 1 hour with Q&A session

Deyan Stefanov, the owner of DS Leather Goods will show you what tools you need if you are just starting leather crafting.

He will share his own experience and tell you what tools are essential for crafting small leather goods such as wallets and cardholders, and what you can consider as an option for later.

- What tools do you need as a beginner?
- What tools you should consider buying later?
- How to find a balance between price and quality?
- Some overlooked affordable buys;
- Q&As session.

‍13.00 Evgeny Kondratiev, Folds leather: wet forming of AirPods case

Duration: 1 hour with Q&A session

Wet molding, making a Pueblo leather AirPods case:
- How to prepare leather for molding?
- Should I use molding forms?
- How long should it dry?
- How to stitch up your AirPods case?
- Finishing the edges and final touches.
- Q&As session

14.00 Zaid Yazar, ZAID MADE: finest stitching tips and techniques

Duration: 1 hour with Q&A session

One of the most famous crafters from Turkey, Zaid will show you his basic stitching skills and share some tricks on how to make your stitching neat and accurate, what thread and needles do you need, how to pick the right pricking irons and much more about stitching technics.

- Pricking Irons that Zaid uses;
- What TPI do you need for different projects?
- How to pick the right thread and needle diameter?
- How to hand sew?
- Finishing the stitching;
- Q&As session.

15.00 Wojciech Kaminski, Skallen Goods: making a shell cordovan wallet

Duration: 1 hour with Q&A session

One of the pioneers of leather craft in Europe, Wojciech is a treasury of experience and skills.
He will be showing his tips and tricks of making of a shell cordovan pouch wallet.

- Shell cordovan cutting;
- Stitching up;
- Edge finishing tips and tricks;
- Final touches;
- Q&As session.

16.00 Simon EK,  WLG: product photography and post production

Duration: 1 hour with Q&A session

You will see how Simon Ek prepares his photoshoots, what camera does he use, how to make your pictures look awesome on postproduction.

‍Simon will share his experience of product photography:
- How to take photos that sell;
- Photo composition;
- Choosing the right background;
- Light conditions;
- Post production and retouch;
- Q&As session.

17.00 Parker Lichfield, Stock&Barrel: leather craft business marketing secrets

Duration: 1 - 2 hours with Q&A session

Parker Lichfield, one of the most successful leather crafters on the planet, founder of Stock & Barrel company, has been building his business for over than 8 years.

Parker will present his new online course START SELLING YOUR LEATHERWORK and share some of the key marketing tools that can help to make your leather craft business successful:

- Introduction;
- Email marketing strategy: how to build up your subscription page?
- How to convert email subscribers into customers;
- Social media strategy;
- What is the flagship product and why do you need one?
- How to present your flagship product?
- Q&A Session.

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