Learning how to make a leather belt is a great way to get started with leathercrafting. It requires a few tools, but they’re not expensive. You can buy a belt blank already cut, or you can make a larger investment in a side of leather.
Notice in the video Jim is using a rawhide mallet for all striking. Never use a metal hammer to strike metal punches or rivet sets–you’ll destroy the tool over time. If you don’t have a mallet, you can use any piece of wood that has a little weight to it. Firewood, 2×4, whatever. Also, make sure you have a suitable surface underneath the leather when using punches. Wood end grain works great. If you use a hard surface under the leather, you’ll ruin your punches in a hurry!
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