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About Andrew Bates

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. 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. In addition I make and operate giant puppets and often perform at shows and festivals.  

Further Info

Specialised in
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 Course / Training
Yes
Available for Craft Fairs
Available for educational events only

Contact

Andrew Bates
2 College Court
Steven Way
Ripon
North Yorkshire
HG4 2TJ
UK

C10th Scramaseax and Sheath

This is a reconstruction of a C10th Anglo Saxon scramaseax and sheath, interpreted from a fragment of leather now in the British Museum which was originally found in Hexham. The seax is of pattern welded steel (by Paul Binns) with a pearwood handle. The sheath is of moulded, vegetable tanned cowhide, bound with brass strips with brass rivets and impressed with decoration which was carved into bone stamps. The original dates from 975 – 1025 AD.