I carry two(2) lines of belts. The Premium style are constructed from Hermann Oak of varied thicknesses with an inner and outer strap glued and stitched together. They start off by being glued together. A pattern selected, transferred onto to strap and carved. Tooling the leather I like to think of as “the third dimension” or 3D if you like. After we’re satisfied with the results(Were is you and I)I’ll trim, bevel edges and burnish to perfection. Along with every process I guess am most critical with the edges. Edges are I think are can make or break a piece. I like mine to appear glass like or under solid acrylic. Took years to perfect.
It’s on to cleaning the leather of all oils and dirt again before choosing what color to dye, antique, stain or hand rub with saddle soap and/or finish. Edge coat with clear or colored coating.