Process: Straps

March 23, 2016

An inside view of how a CHC is brought to life.
Strap Making

Our aim is to provide the assurance of durability and refinement in our products. Part of this process is finishing the edges of leather, whether in the straps or the body of the bag. By finishing the leather in this way, though it is more timely and costly, CHC’s pieces built to last and hold their value over time.

1. Cutting Straps - Belt blanks are used for their strength and durability. Using this type of leather requires us to section off the right size, a strap cutter is used to cleanly slice the material.
2. End Finishing - A rounded strap end punch is used to cleanly shape the edges 
of the straps.
3. Beveling - The sides of the strap are bevelled with an edger. This creates a subtle roundness to the edges making the lines less harsh and setting the stage for the next step.
4. Burnishing - A generous coat of gum tragacanth is applied to the bevelled edges and then smoothed with an edge slicker . This process, while simple, keeps the leather from fraying and showing wear in the future.
5. Coating Edges - Black edge-coat is applied using a wool dauber to seal the newly smoothed edges and provide a completely finished look.

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