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Eighteenth Century Leatherworking 101
Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
Lancaster, PA
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Eighteenth Century Leatherworking 101
Learn the basics of 18th century leatherworking by making a simple, but decorative and useful, document case.  This case is an authorized reproduction of one made and owned in the 1740's by shoemaker Samuel Lane.  Successful completion of the class is a prerequisite for subsequent leatherworking classes by the same instructor.

Please bring a lunch.  Dress in comfortable work clothes and bring a work apron, if available.

Brett Walker began his interest in historical leatherworking and shoemaking nineteen years ago, beginning the first of two formal apprenticeships early in 2001.  Brett produced shoes and other leather items for a major film production and several living history museums before beginning his museum career in 2007 at Landis Valley Museum in PA.  In 2008, he was named as one of Early American Life magazine's top 100 craftsmen, just prior to joining Colonial Williamsburg's shoemaking team as an apprentice under the renowned colonial shoe expert and master shoemaker, D.A. "Al" Saguto.

In 2012, Brett was awarded certifications as a Journeyman Boot- & Shoemaker, and immediately began his second stint in college toward a degree in History and French.  He has conducted extensive documentary and archaeological research since 2006, including comparative studies of French and British footwear ca. 1730-1780.  Brett lectures at historic sites throughout eastern North America and is currently writing a series of meticulously-documented historical fiction books in which the primary character is an eighteenth century shoemaker in British North America.  He and his family live in historic Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

Cancellation Policy:  All materials must be pre-purchased by the instructor; therefore, cancellations can only be refunded prior to sales-end date.  Refunds can be requested through Brown Paper Tickets up to 12 hours after purchase.  After that grace period and before the sales-end date, refunds will be issued via a paper check from the Landis Valley Associates, less a $20 non-refundable processing fee.  Please contact landisvalley@gmail.com or 717-569-0401 to request your refund. We reserve the right to cancel a class due to insufficient registration.  In that case, students can use funds already spent towards the cost of another class or receive a full refund.


Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum (View)
2451 Kissel Hill Rd.
Lancaster, PA 17601
United States


Education > Classes
Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 16
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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