Short Course Programme
The Saddlery Training Centre aims to provide affordable and accessible training courses specially designed for small saddlery businesses. All training is based on the key skills and techniques that will improve productivity. The course content is delivered under realistic working conditions.
Courses are designed for apprentices and saddlers who wish to update or enhance their skills, gain industry recognised qualifications, or to extend their range of products. The courses are not suitable for beginners.
Who can apply?
The Courses are aimed at saddlers, apprentices, improvers and leather- workers who are employed in the saddlery or leather trade.
How is the training delivered?
The training takes the form of short intensive courses therefore minimising any disruption to business. All training courses are held at The Saddlery Training Centre in Salisbury. The training is delivered in small groups with normally a maximum of six trainees. Dates and tuition fees are available on request.
Courses in preparation for the “City & Guilds National Skill Assessment and Qualification Scheme for the Saddlery Trade” are also available.
Tuition fees are charged for all Courses, material costs are dependent on the type of course.
Full details supplied on request.
Normally run over two separate four day modules for saddlers and apprentices, in the principles and practices of saddle making. This course is particularly useful for candidates who wish to prepare for the C & G Level 2 or 3 Saddle Assessment.
Types of saddles, patterns for use in the preparation of materials, types of materials, tools and equipment, methods of manufacture, sequence of operations and purchasing materials. Making a general purpose saddle.
A four day course for saddlers and/or apprentices in bridle making and/or saddle repairs, e.g. re-flocking, panel alteration, re- newing seats and replacing broken trees.
This course is usually tailored to individual needs and we recommend that you contact The Saddlery Advisor for further details.
This course can be particularly useful for candidates who wish to prepare for the C & G Level 2 or 3 Bridle Assessment.
SIDE SADDLE REFURBISHMENT
A four day course for experienced saddlers in the refurbishment of side saddles.
This course is tailored to individual needs. Candidates will be expected to bring a side saddle requiring the types of repair they wish to learn, for example, re-newing seats, making new panels and adjustment of flocking. It is normally necessary to complete more than one course to cover all aspects of side saddle refurbishment.
SIDE SADDLE MANUFACTURE
Normally run over four separate four day modules for experienced saddlers who have attended the refurbishment courses, in the manufacture of a traditionally made side saddle.
This course concentrates on the manufacture of a side saddle using traditional materials and techniques, including stuffed bellies, set seat, doe skin seat, serge panel with linen bearing.
A four day course for saddlers and apprentices or those who have been out of touch with harness work. There is much renewed interest in driving and the course is designed to enable the saddler to meet the increased demand for harness equipment. This course is particularly useful for candidates who wish to prepare for the C & G Level 2 or 3 Harness Assessment.
Types of harness, selection of materials and furniture, preparation of materials, methods of manufacture, and sequence of operations in harness making. Techniques involved in box loops, shaft tugs, crupper docks and covering winker plates.
A four day course for saddlers and trainee harness makers, in the making of a cob sized gig saddle.
Making a cob size gig saddle, patterns for use in the preparation of materials, types of materials, tools and equipment, methods of manufacture and sequence of operation. This course is particularly useful for candidates who are working towards the C & G Level 3 Harness Assessment.
A three day course for saddlers and trainee harness makers, in the making of a cob size pair’s pad.
Making a cob size pairs pad, patterns for use in the preparation of materials and fittings, types of materials, fittings, tools and equipment, methods of manufacture and sequence of operations.
SADDLE FLOCKING INCLUDING PANEL ADJUSTMENT & ALTERATION
This course is available to members of the Society of Masters Saddlers and a separate syllabus can be found on this web site.
WORKING COLLAR WITH CHECK LINING OR DRIVING COLLAR WITH LEATHER LINING
This course is now run by John McDonald at his own workshop, please contact us for his details.
GENERAL LEATHER WORKING COURSES
A four day course for improving hand stitching suitable for leatherworkers and saddlery apprentices.
Double hand and back stitching. Cutting and preparation of leather for hand stitching, the care and use of tools.
A four day course for saddlers and leatherworkers in making a cartridge bag. Particularly useful for those who wish to practice and improve their hand- stitching.
Improving hand stitching, selection of patterns and economic use of materials. Methods of manufacture.
LEATHER VESSELS OR BELLOWS
A four day course for leatherworkers to make or repair fire bellows, construct and finish leather drinking vessels and make other hand stitched articles.
Improving hand stitching, selection of materials and methods of manufacture. Types of leather and their properties. Moulding, plaiting and braiding etc.
The choice of course must largely depend upon the applicant’s skill and experience. Candidates cannot expect to gain full advantage from a course involving techniques too far in advance of their knowledge and skill. It is therefore in their best interests that the syllabus for each course is carefully read and understood before an application form is completed.
Places cannot be confirmed until a completed application form and the appropriate fee has been received.
How to enrol
For further details or to discuss your personal requirements please contact
Mark Romain at the address below,
The Saddlery Training Centre Ltd
3 H Stanley Court
Glenmore Business Park
Tel: 01722 341144
STC Saddlery Course Syllabus