Hides, Rings, Buckles & Belts


I just received new Roo skins from the tannery and have been busy cutting strands and edge beveling. This process is all done by hand with no mechanical stranders. Systematic, painstaking patient efforts result in great leather strands that produce beautiful crafted belts.


Also managed to go to a leather wholesaler to buy buckles and rings recently. It was a great day, I was like a kid in a lolly shop! I’ll have one of those, and two of those, and one of those.


I have quite a substantial collection of buckles now, including this one, an Aztec calendar.


This is an R.M.Williams longhorn buckle. I already have this buckle on a belt in my Etsy shop, but I’m happy to make a custom order with this or any of my buckles. I love using R.M.Williams buckles, the quality is outstanding.


My wife bought me these ornate buckles on her trip to Paris last year. She tells me they are from a really old buckle & button shop in the artist district, Montmartre. She’s put in an order for a belt with one of these buckles already.


So what has been produced lately in the craft studio is a range of traditional plaited stockman belts, mostly with rings, some even spanish laced. This belt is American Plait and it’s quite narrow.


Ring belts were worn by Jackaroos who were on horseback all day. These belts don’t cut into your hips and are very comfortable.


This is a flat plait. The Jackaroos would usually do a flat plait as it’s the most economical plait.


This one is the double edge plait, it is double the thickness of flat plait which means it uses twice as many strands. You can identify this plait by the natural edge the pattern creates.


This patterned double edge plaited belt has spanish laced rings. I think these laced rings complement the plaiting nicely.


I enjoy creating different patterns using two colours of leather and various plaiting patterns. This one is a double edge plait and it creates a diamond effect.


This belt is just a classic, black on black. Love it.


These belts have real character with the crocodile crown buckles. I reckon it looks gutsy!


I like to plait a ridgeback belt to go with the crocodile crown buckle as the ridge imitates the rises in the crown.

All these belts will be available in my Etsy shop soon. If you wish to order a custom made belt with any of the buckles you’ve seen I’d be happy to make it for you. You can email me at stockmanleathercraft { at } hotmail { dot } com

Back to the cutting board for me.


Let’s get Cracking!

I know it’s been quiet around here lately but I have been busy. My Etsy shop is open and today we’ve added the stockwhips. They were on this blog in the early days but we’ve done new photos and they look great. Check ’em out!16 strand stockwhip16 Strand Two Tone Kangaroo Hide 7ft Stockwhip.16 strand stockwhip2Some pretty intricate pattern going on here with 16 strands!16 strand stockwhip3I love that you can see how the whip tapers down, gradually and gently to the tail – this is the key to a Cracking good Whip! 12 strand stockwhip12 Strand Two Tone Kangaroo Leather 7ft Stockwhip12 strand stockwhip2Again, some serious pattern detail going down here with the 12 strands.12 strand lb stockwhip12 Strand Light Brown Kangaroo Leather 7ft Stockwhip12 strand lb stockwhip2

This is the Hitch Knot at the base of the handle…let’s just say this is one hell of a time consuming painstaking knot …. you can get yourself in a real tangle weaving this little beauty up!12 strand b stockwhip12 Strand Dark Brown Kangaroo Leather 7ft Stockwhip12 strand b stockwhip2Another Hitch Knot! Not so intricate as the leather isn’t as fine. Just a half plaited handle on this one to show off the traditional cane handle underneath. The cane is super lightweight which makes it easier to handle.


Ihave some more belts that I’ve just finished. We just need to get the photographs done but I’m pretty excited about them as I picked up some brilliant new R.M.Williams Crocodile Skin Buckles. They come up a treat – especially with a Crocodile Ridge plait. Back soon with those babies!