I should have know better when I was asked if I could have a look at repairing Mr Purdie’s leather belt. I had envisaged that the stitching had failed around the buckle rather than a catastrophic failure of the leather itself! The difficulty was that the belt was made from 4mm leather so cutting in a repair section, of sufficient strength, would make the leather around the buckle far too bulky. Also if 4mm of leather had failed, how long would the repair last?
The aim was to bond a section of leather to line the inside of the buckle loop, tapering the ends to reduce the bulkiness. Measurements were taken for the belt as a whole in case I need to knock up a replacement in some bridle leather.
Belt repair seemed to be the flavour of the month as I was also asked to fix a belt made by Tod’s. Although not much leatherwork was involved in fixing the belt, the design was interesting as the ’buckle’ was made from interlocking leather pieces. The size adjustment is provided by an elasticated webbing, adjusted for length via a metal slider.