Wooden Belt Buckles

  • Advertise with us
Project by TheOldMan posted 12-29-2009 02:14 AM 3931 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some of the belt buckles I carve. The horse and the elk are carved in popular. The wood duck is on juniper and the fish is in walnut. The last three are of my personal buckle that I’ve worn daily for about three years. It has a few dings and scrapes in it, but it has held up well. I’ve debated sanding it down and repainting and finishing it or leaving it as is as a testimony of how well they do wear. The side view shows the curve of the buckle and the low relief of the carving. The buckle at the thickest is about 3/8 to 7/16 inch. Just over 1 cm. The curve makes them look even thinner. The back is epoxied on. The screws are to short to really hold much other than to keep the back in position while the epoxy dries. I’ve yet to have one of the buckles break.

I do my carvings with a high speed air drill. Kind of like a dental drill except with a straight bit. The wood duck is wood burning. I sand the buckles up through 600 grit sandpaper then color them with a combination of artist oil colors and oil pencils. The finish is 5 coats of spar urethane.

I did the first one of these about 5 years ago for fun as a way to wear and show off my art. I’ve done 50 or more since then.

-- My uncle once told me he who never does anything never makes mistakes... I must do a lot...

6 comments so far

View George Barreras's profile

George Barreras

185 posts in 3317 days

#1 posted 12-29-2009 03:15 AM

Very nice work, thank you for sharing us.

-- Nubs,Reserve

View woodn1's profile


16 posts in 3101 days

#2 posted 12-29-2009 03:31 AM

Thanks for showing the oil pencil work too. ..beautiful!

-- Steve-

View kolwdwrkr's profile


2821 posts in 3616 days

#3 posted 12-29-2009 03:46 AM

very cool

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

View griff's profile


1207 posts in 3787 days

#4 posted 12-29-2009 05:19 AM

I like em

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

View douglbe's profile


369 posts in 3986 days

#5 posted 01-01-2010 01:00 AM

The talent on this site is awesome. Very nice. Welcome aboard.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

View Jeison's profile


968 posts in 3133 days

#6 posted 01-01-2010 01:17 AM

wow, my artistic talent ends at stick figures, impressive!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics