Last day in Chiang Mai today! I managed to track down a leather making workshop. Suranat is a leather artist, a brilliant teacher and a really lovely guy. I was the only student in his little studio in Moo 10 (on the other side of the airport from Old City), and chose the half day intensive course making a passport wallet. 

I’m beginning to wonder about my primary school years as I have strong memories of doing leather work (as well as papermaking and pottery), but anyway, I’m still an absolute beginner but managed to finish the wallet, and although some of the stitches are a little awry (Suranat says it is ‘handmade style’), it looks amazing!

It was hard work, and my hands are still cramping, but Suranat’s instructions were very easy to follow. We even managed to have some philosophical discussions about the growth in Chinese tourism and the state of the Tasmanian devil, and survive a hilarious intrusion by 3 substantially sized guys from Florida who had made Suranat’s studio their first stop off the plane.



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