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MANUALS PLUS OTHER INSTRUCTION BOOKS

To read about the Leather Tooling Books by RON ROSS & the Braiding Books By Gail Hought Click Here & Scroll this List.

Why am I listing books by other Authors along with my own Manuals ? I rate them as The Top Experts in their own Branch of this diverse & fascinating Craft. They complement my Manuals as they cover subject areas that I am not familiar with. For anyone wishing to complete their Library of Leather Craft Skills these are a Must Have Addition.



 All Purchasers of the three 'Craft Instruction Manuals' now available can benefit from the following 'Free Services' Site listing, Use of 'For Sale & Wanted' & the 'News & Press Releases' pages. There will also be a back-up by e-mail for all projects & problems, Plus Free on-line Consultancy. This should be of interest to Students & Beginners. Some existing purchasers are already taking advantage of these facility. Please also consider the manuals by the other two experts listed below. They are both highly recommended.

Fact: Too many Leather Books & e-books only give you the "what" and neglect to show you "how"
Fact: Too many Leather Books &  e-books leave huge gaps in the info - forcing you to buy more and more
Fact: Too many " so called Leather Gurus" don't really seem to care if you succeed or fail?
Fact: Too many Leathergoods Courses cost Far Too Much
Fact: Too much useless info is gathering digital dust on your Computer & Book Shelves

Click here To read the Testimonials. One of them is from one of the leading London Leather Companies, these Craftsmen are making Leathergoods for top London Stores & The House Of Lords. But they also use my Manuals to support their own skills.
Trinity of London Ltd. (Leathergoods Manufacture) To view their site & see their range of goods Visit the 'Manufacturers of Finished Goods' category.

Fact: You only need one set of Leather Instruction Manuals to realise your ambition of becoming the Top Level Craftsman you want to become.
Fact: You only get on-line help with My Manuals.
Fact: you get the same type of content as provided in a full time College Course.
Fact: You don't pay anything like the cost of a college Course.
Fact: You study at your own pace, in your own home.
Fact: You Course complies with UK Government requirements for e-learning.


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 Manual No.1 Straps, Belts, Handles, & Basic Skills. By Francis Burdett-Mills MCIPD. Ideal for Craftsmen, Students, Beginners, Teachers & Trainers. It contains all the basic techniques, plus essential cutting & costing information.

For a fuller explanation see the 'Instruction Manuals' page. To See Testimonials Please Click Here.

This Manual is now only available as a direct Download.
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Yes you can become an Artisan, make & design Leathergoods, all it takes is time, practice together with application & some degree of dexterity to use the skills taught in the manuals.

Yes you can become an Artisan, make & design Leathergoods, all it takes is time, practice together with application & some degree of dexterity to use the skills taught in the manuals.



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Manual No.2 Light Leathergoods. Wallets, Notecases & Purses. By Francis Burdett-Mills MCIPD. This manual is ideal for all stages of development but is still easily understood by the beginner. It deals with all types of construction from, Cut Edge, Semi Solid, & Turned Edge. This Manual also includes some Costing Information.

For a fuller explanation see 'Instruction Manuals' page To see Testimonials. Please Click Here

This Manual is now only available as a direct Download.
please Click the button below to access the Sales page.

Yes you can become an Artisan, make & design Leathergoods, all it takes is time, practice together with application & some degree of dexterity to use the skills taught in the manuals.

Yes you can become an Artisan, make & design Leathergoods, all it takes is time, practice together with application & some degree of dexterity to use the skills taught in the manuals.


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Manual No.3 Light Leathergoods (Gift Ware). By Francis Burdett-Mills MCIPD. This manual completes the Small leathergoods section & covers a selection of leathergoods from the vast number of gift items available. It is impossible to cover every item currently manufactured but I have chosen a selection that demonstrate the making proceedures & techniques involved. This will enable the reader to adapt these skills to other items or select the construction method most suited to their production. This Manual assumes the reader has covered the basic techniques demonstrated in earlier manuals & consentrates on the information required to produce the examples used. These range from Desk Items, Blotters, Jewel & Trinket Boxes, Zipped Folders, Photo Frames, etc.

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This Manual is now only available as a direct Download.
please Click the button below to access the Sales page.

Yes you can become an Artisan, make & design Leathergoods, all it takes is time, practice together with application & some degree of dexterity to use the skills taught in the manuals.




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Manual No.4 Light Leathergoods (Bags & Holdalls). By Francis Burdett-Mills MCIPD. This manual concentrates on all the traditional construction techniques used to manufacture these articles & ranges from the following components; Panels, gussets, seams, bindings, etc. There are also full making instructions for traditional Hand Sewn Brief Bags & Cartridge Bags.

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This Manual is now only available as a direct Download.
please Click the button below to access the Sales page.

Yes you can become an Artisan, make & design Leathergoods, all it takes is time, practice together with application & some degree of dexterity to use the skills taught in the manuals.


 Note From Francis. I have Both these two following Manuals By Ron Ross & they cover the subject of Leather Tooling or (Carving as it is also known). They are detailed & well illustrated. & a must for all those wishing to practice this unique form of art.

 Manual Sheridan Designs. By Ron Ross. This is a book of designs by an expert in this field & an exponent of this unique style. (Each Artisan tends to develop their own distinct version of this style which to the experienced observer identifies them). There is a colour illustration on each design plus a palette displaying the tools used. To order USA Canada Contact Ron at Rosaddlery@aol.com Quoting this site. Ref: FB-M To order in the UK & Europe contact, info@theleatherconnection.com Price £16.00 Sterling, plus £4.50 P & P. Please contact by e-mail for ordering instructions. Note. Due to fluctuating exchange rates prices can vary slightly.
Manual East Of Sheridan. By Ron Ross. This book provides all the traceable designs ready to be copied onto the surface of your leather articles prior to carving the designs. The tools to use for each area of the pattern are also given. This is a unique collection it is not often an Artisan at this level is prepared to share their award winning designs & patterns. To order in the USA contact Ron at rosaddlery@aol.com Quoting this site. Ref:FB-M To order in the UK & Europe contact, info@theleatherconnection.com Price £10.25 Sterling, plus £4.50 P & P Please Contact by e-mail for ordering instructions. Note. Due to fluctuating exchange rates prices can vary Slightly.

Braiding Books By Gail Hought
 Book. 'The Art of Braiding' ("The Basics").
By Gail Hought. This Notebook contains instructions on the following: Description & use of tools, Material Preparation, Plaiting.
Buttons: Spanish Ring Knot - 2 & 3 passes, Six Bight Turk's Head, Herringbone & Gaucho Weave for the 6 Bight Turk's Head, Long Pineapple Button, (one string) & 2, 3 & 5 string Applique Braids. Also 'How to give your braided items the finished professional look. To order in the USA Contact Gail at, hought@humboldt1.com (Quote Ref:FB-M). Price: $24.95 Plus $8.50 shipping & handling. To order & pay in the UK & Europe contact: info@theleatherconnection.com for prices & ordering instructions.
Book 'The Art of Braiding, Basics (Revised Edition). By Gail Hought. This book contains all the information listed above plus the following additions: A detailed chapter on cutting strings from a Kangaroo Hide. Coloured Diagrams indicating the direction each string will pass through a Knot. Complete projects using techniques used in the book. extra basic skills & Hints & rules to assist learning. To order in the USA Contact Gail at, hought@humboldt1.com (Quote Reference FB-M). Price $34.95 plus $8.50 shipping & handling. To order & pay in the UK & Europe contact info@theleatherconnection.com for prices & ordering instructions. (This is due to currency fluctuations).
Book. The Art of Braiding (Bosal 1). By Gail Hought. This book contains over 150 illustrations plus full explanations on sizing shaping & finishing the Bosal, tying the Mecate on the bosal, etc. This is the first in a series of detailed books on this subject & they are the most comprehensive on the market today. (The exquisite detail in the full colour drawings complement this talented Artist). To order in the USA Contact Gail at, hought@humboldt1.com (Quote Ref: FB-M). Price: $34.95 plus $8.50 shipping & handling. To order or pay in the UK & Europe contact info@theleatherconnection.com for prices & ordering instructions. (this is subject to currency fluctuations).

Book. The Art of Braiding. (Bosal 2) The next in this series which provides further information on this fascinating art. Again it is filled with excellent & detailed drawings in full colour plus full details on achieving the finished articles. These books are a must for the aspiring Artisan, or student wishing to create horse tack by this unique method. To order in the USA contact Gail at, hought@humboldt1.com (Quote Ref: FB-M). Price: $34.95 Plus $8.50 shipping & handling. To order or pay in the UK & Europe contact info@theleatherconnection.com for prices & ordering instructions. (This is due to currency fluctuations).

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Hello Francis,
I've spent a bit of time into manual #1 and can say with certainty yours contains more information within this single manual than any much larger collection of leather working manuals that I'm familiar with. The detail within your #1 is incredible, the breadth of subject matter enormous and problem solving information the only work of its kind. With the knowledge you share I can only assume your actual leather work would also be something to behold.
Congratulations and......... thank you.
Best regards.
Robert (Canada)
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Thank-you for your informative manuals they have arrived safely. These
are the first "serious" books I have seen on making fine leather goods. I
have only started to read and study them and am looking forward to the
sections regarding turned edge construction. Please keep me informed on the
progress of further manuals, I would be happy to purchase more. I suspect later on
I may have questions, and I certainly appreciate the chance to communicate
further.

My deepest Thanks,
Steve (Canada)
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(See Below the first reaction to Manual No.3. & Robert is not a student But a Practicing Craftsman with a listing on this site. Praise indeed).

Hello Francis,
Received, with many, many thanks. I've been dabbling away at a project within the manual as time has permitted, trying to get a feel for the format. I've held off offering an opinion, wanting to finish a project first. I think your approach is a clever one; the lessons guide the student well, directing him/her through new projects, introducing skills with universal application. References to previous lessons at appropriate points inspire individual initiative and eliminate the need for ponderous detailing, making the manual an, 'easy read'. A student is well directed and well educated through your manuals through a trade normally requiring a serious apprenticeship and/or classroom assistance. Excellent educational material, of real value.
Thanks so much Francis; I'm looking forward to  Manual No.4.
Best regards,
Robert
PS you are free to use any part or whole of my comments on your site.

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Dear Francis
Just to let you know that I received the manuals yesterday on schedule.
Being of a very curious nature I began reading right away and I can only
agree with the other testimonials, this must be the most detailed and
complete work on leather craft in print, ever!
I have been "playing around" with leather for 30 years, when my now late
father introduced me to the art with a reasonably good book and a few of
the most basic tools. I ended up making my living as a self-employed woodworker (this was my fathers doing too), but never lost my interest in leather. What I have always been missing though was a serious book on the subject, something that
likened my apprenticeship in woodworking. I can see from your booklist
that I might have missed a few such books, but never mind, now I got your
manuals. I am convinced that with the series completed, it equals nothing
less than a full apprenticeship in leather work. I have not read this far yet, but I look forward to the chapters on cutting and costing, these subjects seems somewhat overlooked in the world of crafting leather. Being self-employed you soon find out that these points can be even more crucial than your work if you want to survive economically. Like some of your other readers/students I am sure I will find the
completion of the series a long wait, but with the manuals being so detailed
it will probably take a couple of years for this comprehensive knowledge to
soak in and distribute itself to ones hands anyway.
Sincerely
Per Hansen (Greenland)

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Dear Francis, September 9, 2004
When I began my quest to learn the leather trade, I knew I needed more than fashion school and history books, I needed hands-on from an experienced craftsman. I never expected to find one on the internet!  When you offered on-line trade support with your manuals I knew that I had to meet you in person. In the short time I spent with you in May I gained a great deal of knowledge ( and tricks of the trade) and confidence. Finding special tools proved more of a challenge and definately worth the wait.
I love what I am doing and share my experiences with fellow tradespeople and friends in the fashion industry. My trip to Wroxham was magical and stays with me daily. I miss you and Irene and wish I lived much closer. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and friendship, your guidance and wisdom.
Your friend and student,
Susie Daniels
Emmaus, Pennsylvania
USA

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Hello Francis,
Trinity of London Ltd is now 6 months young!! We have had to learn so much in this time, but we are getting stronger with each passing month.
I have got so much from your books - I must tell you that I can't put them down. Sometimes I don't, and awake still holding them!!
I have changed a lot of my work because of them, like hand stitching (which I have done for many years) and handle making etc.
A lot of the knowledge is in the detail, and the 'why' it should be done like this or that, is so important - your books are FULL of detail. I am begining to sound like a fan (which I am!)
We have made progress on the business front too - Harrods have just sent us our first 60 item order for their desk sets. Fortnum & Mason will reorder our lamb skin wallet range - Smythsons have asked us to quote for making the Queens purse and to sample for their Lizard work - Oh yes and The House of Lords wants another 25 peerage Boxes by the 23rd July!!! (phew, I say - Phew!!)
We are also doing a lot more Gold Blocking work (initials/logos etc.) including 23ct Gold for shoe socks - Blocking is the best money maker - but can sometimes be the worst kind of work ie. when blocking a case that costs £2,600:00 like last week!! so we can charge £5:50 (Eh?)
All the best Francis
Tim Waters

Note From Francis This is a Top Class London Leathergoods Company & they are using my manuals Thank you Tim for your comments.

Hi Francis;
Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the well written processes and fine details that you and your wife have taken the time to publish.

My whole life I have worked at learning the apparel and accessory business with many voids in between that left me feeling that unfinished feeling in my works......
But you have filled these voids and now in my older age I feel confident that my work will be as perfect as I always wanted it to be...

Process reading and writing is slow going; but this is the most enjoyable process reading I have ever encountered.....

It is all here.....

More later.
Best to you, Darla Riley.....artist / surface designer / cases, bags


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