Hand Made Belts

Here are an assortment of the belts that I have done.  Some have buckles stitched on, while others have snaps that allow for the ability to change between buckles.

This belt is my daily belt.  It was factory tanned; the same leather as the Tan Bag, though it has darkened some with use.

My daily belt
My daily belt
Hand Stitched Detailing
Hand Stitched Detailing
Belt End
Belt End

Below is a selection of a few of the other belts with some of the patterns that have been tooled or carved.
Each of these belts was hand dyed from vegetable tanned (natural) leather after being tooled or carved.

Hand Stained and Hand Stitched
Hand Stained and Hand Stitched
Carved Initials
Carved Initials
Hand Dyed. Tooled Pattern.
Hand Dyed. Tooled Pattern.
Another Tooled Design.
No Dye: Oiled Leather. Tooled Design.
Hand Dyed. Carved to Natural Leather Colour.
Hand Dyed. Carved to Natural Leather Colour.

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Tan Bag

This bag is a perfect size for a laptop plus whatever else you might need for the day.  A 15″ laptop fits snugly into the single main pocket and leaves room for those other documents, a book or lunch.  All solid copper rivets–strongest rivets possible.
All complete.  Just waiting for a custom strap to fit your needs.

Overall dimensions:
15″w x 12″h x 3.5″d

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Full view
All copper rivets
One piece leather handle
One piece leather handle
Hand Stitched Detailing
Straps and Buckles
Straps and Buckles
From below
From below

First Bag Project

About a year ago I embarked on a project that led me to the place we are in now.  I couldn’t buy the rugged leather bag that I wanted, so I decided to make one.  With only the simplest of hand tools, and some persistence, I was able to craft my bag. This is a brief overview of that process.
My tools and hardware (awl, needle/thread, rivets, hoops and clasps. Razor knife not shown).
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Cutting the hide for the main body of the bag.

All the pieces cut and laid out: strap, sides, hangers, and main body.
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Sides cut, hangers stitched on and loops riveted in.
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Bag all stitched together (minus front closures for lid).
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The finished product.  A little larger than expected.
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The same bag a year later.
A clear wax finish rubbed into the leather did not change the colour.The patina comes as a result of use and exposure to the sun.

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