Andrew Bates

I take commissions for the following; Bespoke, handstitched leathergoods. Archaeological and historical facsimiles and reconstructions. Costume and props for TV, film, theatre and opera. Art pieces and sculpture. Leatherwork tuition and consultancy. Pieces in combinations of materials.

Open to the public
Yes, by appointment only
Provides courses or training
Available for craft fairs
Available for educational events only


2 College Court Steven Way
Andrew Bates
t: 075187907187


With almost forty years of experience I work to commission and create bespoke, handstitched leathergoods such as belts, bags and cases alongside pieces for museums, TV, film, theatre and opera.

My original background was in archaeology and medieval languages and this led me to investigate historical and archaeological artefacts and to examine how they were made. By doing this I was able to acquire a repertoire of largely forgotten craft skills which I added to my saddlery based leathercraft knowledge, all of which I am able to call upon to create unusual historically inspired- and contemporary pieces. (See the photographs below for details of some of the objects I have made.)

I teach and write about all aspects of traditional leatherwork, the former sometimes to an accredited level.

I also work in other materials such as antler, bone, wood and metals and am able to combine these in the pieces that I create.


Mini craft gallery

Replica C17th armour made of leather for Grange Park Opera 2013.
Leather Courses
Heritage Skills Awards 2013 Shortlisted
Leather Finger
Medicine Pouch
Reconstructed Anglo Saxon Bottle
Feather Case
Torc for Theatre
Theatre Mask
C10th Scramaseax and Sheath
TV Helmet
Theatrical Helmet
Helmet for a Theatrical Production
Trophy Plate
Anglo Saxon Belt with a reclaimed Walrus Ivory Buckle
‘Crow’ Sculpture