How an Original Hand Tooled Leather Design is created on a Leather Belt

hand tooled leather belts

This week’s topic is all about how the hand tooled original designs are created on leather belts.  What inspires them and ,how I  learned to create them are a few of the topics that will be discussed

Watch the Maker Monday video below to hear these stories.

Watch as an original hand tooled design is created step by step on a leather belt, 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?

Most people think the tool shown above are called a compass.  It is similar.  These are called Wing Dividers.  Watch the Workshop Wednesday video below to learn how they are used.

In the video below I will demonstrate how a hand tooled original design is created on a leather belt.  Watch as the design is created one impression at a time.

Next week in the Workshop Wednesday learn what techniques are used to add color to these belts.

Flashback Friday This week is all about belt making,  shown above you will see some of the original belts I made back in the early 1980s.
My Dad loved my hand-tooled leather belts. If you listened to my stories this week, I shared how my Dad influenced my belt making. Many of my original belts were made for him. My Dad passed in 2007, but his belts still live on. The two belts shown are the oldest. I believe the first was made in 1977  or  1978! I still wear both of them.

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This Spotlight Saturday segment highlights some of the current hand tooled leather belts available from Log Cabin Leather by Jan.  Special tips on ordering as well as how to determine the length of the belt needed, so it will fit perfectly.

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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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