Welcome To

Leather Colouring, Distressing, Gilding & Finishing 2024 Version

Welcome to the Black Raven Academy

I’d like to extend a warm welcome to all students to this foundation level course study of leather colouring, gilding and finishing techniques , at the same time as explaining a few recommendations for how to proceed.

Start by watching each video lecture, followed by reading through the accompanying workbooks. You can revisit all of these as many times as you like to get a clear idea of my thinking and methodology. Clearly, you will all be working on your own projects and while this could give rise to many hundreds of questions based on your own projects, I’d request that you endeavour to stick to questions regarding clarification of techniques rather than my opinion on just your projects please.

All the downloadable items are purely aids and it’s your choice as to whether you have any of these printed, but they will prove useful as you progress.

Finally, as with all projects, I am here to support and assist you and will do my best to reply to all questions asked and would ask just a little patience at the speed of reply as it could take a few days.

A huge thanks again for all your support & look forward to an amazingly creative time with you all.


Black Raven Armoury


File Security: You may download, the files and revisit the content as many times as you wish but as always, I’d respectfully request that you keep these downloads safe and secure. 

As with all my courses you have access to any support you may want whilst building this project & I can be contacted via the comments in the Academy, via my Facebook page or via email (

A final note…

I very much always intended these projects be a introduction to the Academy and will be keeping in touch with you all over the coming weeks just to see how your getting on, answer any extra questions about the Academy

Have fun everyone, I look forward to seeing your projects.

P.S – PLEASE… I hate spam personally .. and even more so, I dislike being contacted when I have not given permission. You will get a NEWS from me along the way but if at any point you have no interest, please just hit the unsubscribe button in the email, I really would like to ensure “stuff” from us is only going out to folks with a genuine interest 🙂


Alex Agricola


Black Raven Armoury

Design and production specialist of Leather Armour & Accessories for a variety of industries including Larp, Ren, Cosplay, Motion Pictures & Television.