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Lucy Cushley, The Irish Saddler: What it means to be your own boss.

This week, we speak with The Irish Saddler, Lucy Cushley. Winner of the RDS Craft Award and crowned ‘Future Maker’ by the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland. We discuss how she got to where she is today, how she funded her saddlery training, mental health and what it means to be your own boss – the good and the bad!

For those interested, QUEST Scholarship applications open Monday 11 July to Monday 15 August 2022. For more information visit
Jason Stocks-Young: Digital Marketer to Leatherworker – finding a new vocation.

In this episode, we interview leatherworker Jason Stocks-Young. Jason’s leather career started in 2014 when he started his business Diamond Awl Workshop and subsequently JS-Y Leatherworks. Since then, Jason has starred in the BBC’s Made in Great Britain and Saved and Remade TV series. We discuss Jason’s career, his time on the show, why making products in the UK is so important and his response to vegan leather.
The Crawford Hide Company and the Importance of Traceability.

This week, we speak with Operations Director, Michael Crawford from the Crawford Hide Company in County Down. Crawford Hide are the leading hide and skin processing operation in the UK and supply tanneries all over the world.

Back in 2018, Crawford Hide, Kilger Tannery and Abbey England, saved Sedgwick Leather and together invested £1.5m. We discuss everything from saving Sedgwick Leather to animal welfare and traceability AND the impact of Brexit.
Nigel Armitage: Sharing Secrets of the Leather Trade.

We interview Nigel Armitage from Armitage Leather. Nigel is a published author and a seriously GOOD leatherworker. We discuss Nigel’s early career, challenges along the way, his new book ‘Leathercraft’ and some useful tips for all you aspiring leatherworkers!


Helen Reader: Women in Saddlery.

In episode 6, we celebrate International Women's Day with Helen Reader. A female saddler at the top of her game. In 2018 Helen became the only SMS member to hold the titles of Master Saddler, Master Harness Maker, Master Bridle Maker and Master Saddler Fitter. This year, Helen has also been named one of the UK’s 100 inspirational entrepreneurs by Small Business Britain’s f:Entrepreneur #ialso100 campaign  as well as being named as the next President of the Society of Master Saddlers.
Meet and Greet with Christie Farren and Ross Miller.

In episode 5, we meet and greet our 2021 Scholarship Winners Christie Farren, a British Army saddlers apprentice to The Kings Troop RHA and Ross Miller, a website designer turned leatherworker. We discuss their drive for saddlery and leatherwork and their future plans.
Changing Tack with Suzie Fletcher.

In episode 4 we interview Suzie Fletcher, Master Saddler and leatherworker. We discuss Suzie’s expansive career from her harness work being used by the Queen of England to her move to Colorado and why restoration, is so important in today’s world.
Heard about leather? Jo Heard, leatherworker to YouTube star.

In this episode, we interview award-winning Saddler, Jo Heard from J H Leather.

Jo’s wealth of experience in the leathercraft and saddlery industry has enabled her to build up 40,000 YouTube subscribers. Jo tells us about how she got to where she is today and the challenges she faced along the way. 
Biothane Belting with Scott Hanna: What's all the hype about?

Today we discuss the phenomenon behind Biothane belting and why more customers are choosing to make their goods from the PVC coated webbing.

Hear from Biothane's International Sales Manager Scott Hanna and Abbey England's Marketing Manager Ishbel Watson. 
Sedgwick Leather : Premium price for premium leather.

In our first episode, our guest host Business Development Manager, Jessica Aiers from Leather UK, is joined by Sedgwick Leather General Manager, Phil Bevington and Operations Manager, Mark Abraham. They delve into the reasons why Sedgwick leather has the premium price it has and why customers using Sedgwick leather, can market their goods at a premium price.