New belt design for the new year

Last summer I bought a nice brass buckle from a friend of mine, Peter Senesac. Peter is an excellent jeweler and artist, and the buckle caught my eye with its simplicity and substance. Like everything else in my shop after the move to Athens, it took me quite a long time to make a belt to go with this new buckle.

The buckle is 1.5″ wide, which is wider than the usual 1.25″ belt that I make. The extra width allowed some extra room to put an inlay. I’ve done a lot of these when I worked in saddle shops, mostly with fancy exotic leather like snake skin. I like to braid and have been playing around a lot with different styles of braided belts over the past few years. Sometimes buckling the belt can be a challenge to get just right, and this new design is an alternative that keeps the braid but allows it to buckle and feel like a regular belt. I like it so far. What do you think?

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