Celtic Leather Broadbelt
This was a final project assigned in my Junior year with the intention of familiarizing students with the “fab lab”, a workshop in the arts building which allowed students to include laser cutting, CNC, 3D printing, and other fabrication methods into their projects.
I’ve always been enamored with medieval armor, so I decided to be ambitious and design a leather broadbelt (also known as a kidney belt) with custom emblems and hand stitching. Below is my process notes and designs to be laser-etched onto the leather. The badger symbol was placed on the back plate, while the front shield knot was etched on a circular stomach plate.
I finished the piece off by staining the leather a deep red, lining the interior with suede, and hammering in grommets for leather lacing for easy donning and removal.