Master Workshop: “Leather Crafting with Tom Slavicek”

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Master Workshop: “Leather Crafting with Tom Slavicek”

October 20, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - October 22, 2023 @ 4:00 pm

$12.00 – $390.00

Deadline to Register: October 13th, 2023 at 5:00 pm

Title: Master Workshop: “Leather Crafting with Tom Slavicek”


Description:  You will have time to work on 3 or more projects depending on size and complexity in this three day workshop. Choices for your projects can be from the following: Make a leather shoulder bag or two, learn how to use a wood burning tool to inscribe a design onto the leather and then colorize it, depending on time make a small backpack, a couple of leather belts, passport wallet, journal, belt pouch for your phone, instrument strap, lady’s wallet, clutch purse, and more. All leathers, materials, tools, and instructions are provided, along with templates. If you have an idea for a leather project you can bring it and can make it real. As time allows you can learn how to make tassels and fringe to add to your projects. No artistic ability is necessary, nor is any previous leather working experience.  You do not need to bring anything except your enthusiasm, and your desire to make something beautiful! Please add to the notes section upon checking which projects from the list above you want to make. 

Instructor:  Tom Slavicek has been leather crafting since he was a Boy Scout, when he earned his Leatherwork Merit Badge on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. During his career days as an executive director for a national youth organization, his hobby managed to stay alive and thrive in the form of creating numerous Native American leather/beadwork outfits and articles of clothing, along with his favorite item,  hand-crafted leather pouches and shoulder bags.

After a 37-year career serving young people, Tom retired in 2010 and he and his wife, Karen, moved to Dahlonega, GA. His enjoyment of working with leather is coming to fruition through his crafting of various styles of pouches and bags, with the added feature of inscribed images on the front of the pouches. Tom uses a wood-burning tool to inscribe the images free hand directly onto the leather. Each pouch is a unique work of art, and no two are alike. He also crafts leather belts, wallets, journals, backpacks, and more. Tom teaches leather classes at about a dozen venues across north Georgia and North Carolina, including the John C. Campbell Folk School (North Carolina), Camp Mikell Folk School (Toccoa, GA), Arrowmont (Gatlinburg, TN) and the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts, at Young Harris.

Supplies and Attire: All materials and supplies will be provided. Students should wear close-toed shoes.

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Dates and Times:

Friday, October 20th, 2023  (5:30pm–8:30pm)

Saturday, October 21st, 2023 (9:00am-4:00pm)

Sunday, October 22nd, 2023 (9:00am-4:00pm)

Tuition: $255.00

Supply Fee: $135.00

Level: Beginner


Important Information: Registering for a workshop indicates that the student is 19 years of age or older and understands that photographs/video may be taken during the event and their image may be used on Burritt on the Mountain’s website and social media outlets or other promotional materials. Registration also indicates that the student releases Burritt on the Mountain and the City of Huntsville, all their directors, employees, volunteers, and any persons associated with Burritt on the Mountain, from any liability for any bodily injury and/or property damage suffered by the attendee as a result of activities during the educational program.

Cancellation Policy: Master Workshops require advanced planning on the part of the instructor and the Burritt Folk School. Because of this, no refund of any payment will be made for withdrawal within 60 days of the start of the workshop. Prior to August 20th, 2023, we will refund your registration fees less a $75 workshop cancellation fee. However, there will be no refunds given for cancellations on or after August 21st, 2023. Burritt Folk School reserves the right to cancel workshops that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements. In case of cancellation by Burritt, payments for tuition, lunch and/or supply fees will be refunded to you. However, Burritt on the Mountain assumes no liability for non-refundable airline tickets or other expenses due to workshops being cancelled or schedule changes.


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October 20, 2023 @ 5:30 pm
October 22, 2023 @ 4:00 pm
$12.00 – $390.00
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