Workshop | Leather recognition

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In this small group course, limited to 5-6 participants, we will guide you in 90 minutes through the fascinating world of leather. We dive into the history of tanning, exploring different processes and their impact on leather. Through hands-on experiences, we help you gain insight into various leather types, teaching you how to examine, feel, and assess their quality. The ultimate goal is to equip you with the ability to confidently evaluate leather suitability for your design projects.

Practical course details

Learning outcomes and program

Course Schedule:

Section 1: Introduction to Leather Tanning History

Section 2: Understanding Tanning Processes and Leather Characteristics 

Section 3: Certification and sustainability

Section 4: Hands-on Leather Examination and Assessment

Teaching Methodology:

We utilize a combination of interactive lectures, visual aids, and hands-on activities to engage participants. Through discussions and demonstrations, we will guide students in understanding the intricacies of leather tanning and recognizing the traits that define high-quality leather.

By the end of this course, participants will:

Understand the history and evolution of leather tanning.

Gain knowledge about different tanning processes and their effects on leather characteristics.

Develop the ability to assess and differentiate various leather types.

Learn how to evaluate leather quality and suitability for specific design projects.

Included Materials: All necessary materials and tools will be provided during the course.


Barwoutswaarder 23
3449 HE Woerden
The Netherlands

Leatherbox is located in the center of The Netherlands.
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  • A 90 minute course on how to recognise what leather is out there.
  • Material to feel, touch and smell
Terms and conditions

On the Leatherbox webshop you will find leather crafting events from Leatherbox and from third parties. Leatherbox offers leather workers the opportunity to stay informed of activities that help to increase their knowledge and skills in one place. In regards to the workshops of third parties, Leatherbox only offers the platform to promote the event. Leatherbox is not responsible for the organization or content quality of the event. Always contact the organizer if you have any questions, for registration or if you have complaints.

You can register for multiple events. After your registration you will receive two confirmation emails, one payment confirmation email and one event confirmation email.

Two weeks prior to the course you will receive a final email with practical information about your participation, such as the program and directions.

Cancel or change your registration
The following cancellation conditions apply to Leatherbox events and workshops.

In case of cancellation by the participant, the following costs apply:

  • Cancellation up to 3 days after registration: free of charge
  • Cancellation within 30 days prior to the event: 25% of the participation fee
  • Cancellation within 14-30 days prior to the event: 50% of the participation fee
  • Cancellation within 14 days of the event: 100% of the participation fee

Replacing the participant is always allowed. Please contact Leatherbox for this.

Leatherbox has the right to move or cancel the workshop if the minimum number of participants is not reached, or in the event of unforeseen circumstances (such as illness of the teacher). In that case, the participant may cancel free of charge and receives the participation fee back. Leatherbox is not responsible for costs incurred by the participant such as transport or hotel stays.

Change registration
Did you make a mistake during your registration and do you want to change your details? This is always possible. Please contact us.

Always contact the organizer directly for the cancellation conditions of external events.

Leather crafting materials are required for most of the Leatherbox events. Sometimes these are fully provided by the organizer, but in most cases the participant is responsible for providing part of the workshop materials. You will always find an overview of this on the event page. Don't have all the necessary materials for the workshop? Order the missing materials in our webshop, or contact Leatherbox. The participant is responsible for arranging the materials in time.

For orders just before the course date, or if you do not have the right materials with you on the day itself, we cannot guarantee that there will be sufficient stock in our wholesale. Therefore, place an order as soon as possible, so that you have the materials at home prior to your participation. Do you want us to prepare your order for you on the course day? Then choose 'Pick up in the store' and send us a message that these items are for the workshop (mail to stating the workshop and your webshop order number).

Leatherbox is not responsible for the loss or breakdown of materials and tools during the workshop.

The materials that Leatherbox provides are on loan and intended to be able to follow the workshop. These materials remain the property of Leatherbox. You can take home the design you make during the workshop.

There is a minimum and maximum number of participants for each workshop or event. Is a workshop fully booked, but would you still like to participate? Leave your details on the waiting list. Then you will be the first to receive a message if a spot becomes available, or if a new date is scheduled. Is the minimum number of participants not reached? Then Leatherbox has the right to move or cancel the workshop. In that case you may leave your registration for the new date, or cancel it free of charge.

About the Teacher

Justin de Kleer

Justin, a key creative force at Leatherbox, rediscovered his passion for creativity through leather and leatherworking, a feeling he had missed since his architecture studies in Delft. Committed to guiding customers towards the finest materials for their projects, Justin balances his quest for perfection with a strong desire to share his extensive knowledge. His courses go beyond mere instruction; they offer crafters and designers a chance to be inspired, to learn, and to deepen their understanding of materials. This not only aids in their project proficiency but also enriches their overall craftsmanship.

Leatherbox Academy

Brings leatherworkers together to a higher level

The Leatherbox Academy is a platform that connects leather professionals in their passion for leather crafting. By offering events and workshops, the Leatherbox Academy supports leather workers of every level in developing knowledge and skills to achieve the best results.