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Hand Buffing Leather

Chuck Watt, our very own leather buffing expert, shares how we buff each piece from our American Heritage leather collection.

 

The leather arrives at our workshop from the tannery without the final process completed.  After the bag is made it spends some time at the buffing table.

 

Tools

 

Step One

 

Step 1:  “First you start up the buffing wheel and buff a small section to test out how much wax you will need.  You start buffing around the edges to get that worn appearance. You add wax as needed and stop using the buffing wheel when you get the desired darkness and luster”

 

Step Two

 

Step 2: “Then you heat it up with the heat gun, usually set around 660 degrees, to lightly melt the wax and let it soak in to the leather”

 

Step Three

 

Step 3: “After all of that, you hand rub the bag with a soft cloth to give it a nice shine.”

 

Before and After