Portmanteaus, or valises, were essential to travelers in the 18th and 19th centuries & were commonly found in probate inventories & depicted in artwork & advertisements. These leather forerunners of the suitcase carried clothes & essential items for wayfarers, but were small enough to be carried by hand. In this 3-day course students learn fundamental leatherworking techniques, such as cutting, skiving, the use of awls, & various sewing methods necessary to build a medium sized, 16-inch-long valise utilizing construction methods based on extant examples as well as those seen in 18th-century artwork.


Please note this class runs approximately from 9AM - 5PM. (Subject to Instructor Discretion) 


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  • Shaun A. Pekar is a footwear historian, historic shoemaker, and proprietor of “S. Pekar, Shoe and Accoutrement Maker.” He specializes in 18th & 19th century reproduction leather items, & has made reproduction leather goods for several historical sites & museums.

  • Due to limited seating, we request that you cancel at least 2 weeks notice before the scheduled class in order to recieve a full refund. This gives us the opportunity to fill the class. You may cancel by phone or by emailing info@historiceastfield.org