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Leather Goods Maker

No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Saddler.

Leather goods makers make and repair leather articles such as handbags, wallets, gloves, belts, harnesses and saddlery (horse riding equipment).

Leather goods makers may specialise in saddlery, harnesses and horse blankets, footwear, hats, whips, clothing, upholstery or special leather goods.


    Leather goods makers may perform the following tasks:

  • select suitable types and grades of leather
  • draw patterns
  • cut leather to size and shape using special cutting machines called 'clicking' and 'skiving' machines
  • join pieces together with rivets, threads or adhesives
  • sew by hand using needles
  • fill saddles and collars with hair or flock (stuffing)
  • attach buckles, eyelets and metal decorations, and emboss decorative patterns
  • finish products with stain, dye, polish or coats of lacquer
  • repair damaged goods


  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • able to perform detailed work

Interest Area

Artistic/Creative Manual/Practical


No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

You can work as a leather goods maker without formal qualifications.

You will probably get some informal training on the job.

You can also become a leather goods maker through an apprenticeship or traineeship in Leather Production.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.


Leather goods makers are employed by leather companies, saddle makers, pastoral companies and craft workshops. Self-employment is also possible.

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