Hawk Studio – Ahhh Apprenticeship


I have nothing to show you today that Chip made – because he was very busy with his developing apprentices – who were learning how to make belts.

The cousins had been working on their new belts most of the week, late at night, up in the loft workshop with Chip, but Chip only brought the camera up with them today so the photos I have are at the end of this great creation process.

We catch up with our young apprentices after the belts have already been cut, measured, holes punched and hardware decided.  Here is Markus, edging his belt.

They had to attach their buckles – as demonstrated by Davey.

Jacob’s buckle required a keeper – which is the term for the little loops on the belt.  So he had a little extra work to do.

Do you have any idea how long Chip has been waiting for his nephews to be old enough to work in his leather shop with him?  He had these plans brewing as soon as Jacob was born!!

When the were done, they all wiped their belts down.

They learned alot about using different leatherworking tools and used all of the below in making their belts.

And here is this week’s Hawk Studio finished projects!

And so it begins . . . .

Ahh, apprenticeship.

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About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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6 Responses to Hawk Studio – Ahhh Apprenticeship

  1. Becky Eighmie says:

    I am very impressed with their skills! Not surprised that Chip is an excellent instructor!

  2. Cindy says:

    Hi Shell- I can’t like or rate your blog because I’m not a member but I get to leave a reply. Well, I love that the boys (all the boys) got to spend the week together and make belts. Davey has been calling me every day with the updates on all the adventures of the week. This is his first time away from me without his other mother, Kaitlyn being around to keep an eye on him. Needless to say he was super excited to spend the week with his cousins!

    Markus, Jacob and Davey look so grown up as they concentrate on using all those cool leather tools. I especially like the wiping down of the belts, reminds me of da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man with the arms extended out. Good thing their arms are long enough to wipe the whole length of the belt.

  3. Shelly R. says:

    I’m glad you checked the blog so you could see the pictures. They are all growing up. They are big enough now that they play alot of sports together. All three have been playing baseball alot. Tomorrow the plan is archery and to make a bracer in leather. Davey has been fine. No signs of homesickness or discomfort. He and Jake are sleeping on the big blow-up mattress in the boy’s room and it is all going fine. I am really glad they are getting this time together.

  4. Cindy says:

    I knew he’d be fine. I’ve been reading you blogs for almost an hour now, wow- I’ve missed a lot of them. I’m glad you posted the pictures so I could see them. I’ll show Kaitlyn and Dave tomorrow.

  5. Cindy says:

    P.S. love that I have my own design when I leave a comment!!!

  6. Shelly R. says:

    Ahhh, your Gravatar

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