Here at Pictavia, our interest for Pictish culture stretches beyond just craft alone. We offer a variety of services to take full advantage of our research experience, and passion for Pictish history.
Services we provide (see below for more detail):
Historical Consultancy, costume and props for television and films
Lectures/interviews on Pictish culture and craft
We run bespoke leathercraft workshops arranged by booking, for one-to-one mentoring or a group of two or three persons from the Pictavia workshop in Perthshire.
Alternatively, if you are a venue looking for craft workshops, we can also provide this with a similar structure as below.
Our courses are ideal for those who have a specific project in mind or just want to learn the basics. This can be from a starter day making a belt, to a three day more immersive course making a sporran, shoulder bag, or fitting several smaller projects together.
Longer courses may also be required to work on more detailed and advanced projects, subject to discussion.
Course vouchers can also be purchased in the shop as a gift, and the recipient can just get in touch to arrange a date for their course.
A wallet course for a lovely couple
Workshops will cover as much as the craft as possible from how to select leathers, to cutting, carving, dyeing, hand stitching, lacing, braiding, and offer a comprehensive list of tools and where to get them at the best price.Workshop pupils will come away from a course with not only a nice finished product, but the means to confidently continue leatherwork on their own with a solid foundation of skills and knowledge.
Courses ran from the Pictavia workshop:
1 day course - £150. A basic starter day making a belt from start to finish.
2 day course - £275. A two day intermediate course for making a more substantial project such as a wallet, or bushcraft belt pouch.
3 day course - £450. A three day intensive course for making large projects such as a plain satchel / handbag, Scottish sporran, flask cases, or for fitting several small projects over the three days.
4 day course - £550. Recommended to work on several projects or a more in depth large project like a carved satchel.
Hamish has appeared on many television shows as either a historical or Pictish craft expert, talking about ancient craft, Pictish culture, and often paddling corcles too. as well as providing behind the scenes historical consultancy for media.
As a small company, we have offered our services as location scouts, set dressing, costume and props, and providing Pictish extras with combat experience for choreographing fight scenes. If you want to film something Pictish, we have you covered.
Television shows Pictavia Leather has been involved with:
Ancient Murder Mysteries
Grand Tours of Scotlands Lochs
Worlds Most Scenic River Journeys
Five Celebrities Go Fishing
Scary Adult Things
60 Seconds of Craft
Lectures & Interviews
We aim to combine our craft experience with the academic knowledge from archaeology to interpret the past.
When it comes to talking about historic craft or Pictish history, Hamish has a lot to share. Whether it's giving lectures for museums and universities, speaking on archaeology panels, or chatting on a podcast or youtube video, our passion and experience shines through.
You can tune in to some of our chats on the Northern Fire Podcast, Nordic Mythology Podcast, and Irish Medieval History Youtube channel.