“Its often said that the very best leather, is made by people who understand the craft and the chemistry.”

The Old Tannery

This is the story of Barry Knight; a world leader in the art of leather making, and one of the few remaining tanners in the UK.

Situated in the centre of Bristol, within the seemingly untouched grounds, lies an old Tannery. Thomas Ware & Sons dates back to the 1840’s, the beginning of the Victorian era, yet their technique and craftsmanship remains unchanged.

This is a testament to their dedication to the craft, their loyalty to it’s deep rooted history and traditional values.

This film showcases the extraordinary skill behind the lost art of leather making.