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Bill Carnes

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John F Dean wrote:Hi Bill

I haven’t checked the Lehman web site. In their store there is a wide assortment of work belts.  

Gotcha, I just looked on the site.  I keep meaning to visit there, it is only a couple hours away.  If it is 1/4" thick without stitching (a single layer of leather) then it would work well for the described task.
2 months ago

John F Dean wrote:My bias is for a real leather belt.  I suggest a country western store or Lehman’s.   I have had too many low quality belts fall apart.

those Lehman's belts don't look good for carrying a sheath or for a bigger person they are only 1/8" thick.  That will stretch out in no time.  1/4" thick American leather would be a better choice. 14-15oz is a good weight for carrying holsters and sheaths.  If someone doesn't want to make their own everyone has a saddle shop in their state.  Every saddle maker has thick leather that would work for this.
2 months ago

Rob Lineberger wrote:As someone who needed a large belt for a costume, I can tell you that your odds of finding such a belt (60", sturdy leather) in a thrift shop or store are very low.  At least that was my experience.  After about 7 months of looking I made my own.  Its not hard.  They make belt blanks up to 72" I believe.  All you'd need to do is cut a slot at one end, then use an awl to punch stitch holes, then sew it up.  Holes on the other end for the buckle to fit into.  I'm simplifying here but the point is its not hard to make a belt and you'll get a much better one. For bonus points get some Fiebings leather dye in your favorite color.


Belt blanks definitely work but usually come in medium or light weights and might not hold a machete well without stretching.  14oz or higher would be a good weight for a machete or any holster.  I am a belt maker if you have any questions.
2 months ago
Hide glue will work but to make a patch you would probably want to sew it on.
2 months ago
A leather jacket will be to soft, thin and flexible to make a durable wallet.  You could make a fanny pack or pouch
2 months ago
Hello all, I stumbled upon this website and thought it looks like it has a lot of good information.  I have been a leathercraftsman and blacksmith for the last decade.  Recently I lost both of my parents and was reminded of my own mortality.  I don't want to spend the rest of my life living in the city working just to get by.  So, I came here to get info about living out on my own homestead.
3 months ago