Creating Professional Edges: Handmade Leather Belts

hand tooled leather belts

This week’s topic is how professional edges are created on handmade leather belts from Log Cabin Leather by Jan.  The tools, materials and products used to finish the belt edges to make them smooth and comfortable will be shown.  How my methods and tools have changed over the years will also be discussed.

Watch the Maker Monday video below to hear these stories.

Watch  the demonstration as the edges are finished on the sample from last weeks coloring demo., in the Workshop Wednesday Video below.

 

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Did you play Tool Trivia this week on my Facebook page.  This is the tool that was posted.

Any guesses what it is used for?

This is called a Chicago Screw Tool.  I didn’t expect anyone to to guess the name.  All of my belts have removable buckles.  A Chicago  screw is used to attach them rather than a snap.  This tool hold the screw from turning while tightening it.

Watch the video below to see how it is used.   Another leather worker introduced it to me.  I didn’t know what it was, but boy is it a big help.  All my belts come with a choice of buckles, so I am constantly removing the screws to change buckles when customizing a belt. 

The Flashback Friday series this week highlighted some of the tools used to finish the edges of belts. 

 The tool on the left is a bevel.  It is used to round off the edges of belts.  The scraps shown are the pieces removed when beveling.

The photo on the right shows two different burnishers.  The white plastic circle is something I used to rub down belt edges by hand.  It is very hard on your hands, and as the quantity of belts I created increased I had to find an easier way to finishes the edges.  Many years later, I discovered the wood burnisher that would attach to a drill press as shown here.  Now I can just glide the belt along without causing pain to my hands.

The Spotlight Saturday segment that comes out this week will discuss what product line will be the topic during the month of February.  January was all about belt making and something new is in store for February.  Join me LIVE on Facebook at 11 AM (EST) tomorrow morning for this Spotlight Saturday event.

Jan Hibbard was born and raised in Wakefield, Mass. My love of animals and my interest in crafts developed as a child. My journey with leather began 42 years ago as I working on my teaching degree in Boston. Barnes & Noble opened in downtown Boston and I found a book on leatherwork. It mentioned 2 leather companies located in Boston. I went there the next day and I purchased my first hide of leather and a few tools. I made a leather vest which I still wear today. My LOVE of leather was born and it continues to grow.

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