patagonia x uphill designs belt making class january 2019

January 31, 2019

classes

The Uphill Designs team traveled to Patagonia's Ballard store on January 31st, 2019 to put on a rendition of their Leather Belt-Making class as part of their Artisan Workshop series. The goal - for 3 hours turn Patagonia's retail floor into a leather workshop and lead 9 humans through the rigorous process of producing a classic 10-oz veg-tan leather belt.

As guests entered they found the Patagonia Provisions team merrily pouring local brews and serving up jerky, black bean dip and other healthy, responsibly-sourced treats.

As people met the Patagonia team, Uphill Designs founder and leather worker Dan, led students one by one through the process of strapping the leather that would eventually form into their belt. Participants chose custom belt buckles anywhere from 3/4" wide to 1.5" wide.

Drinks, snacks, strapped leather, and Uphill Design's shop dog Ragknarr circled up around the main table where Dan and teammate Axa led everyone through the evening's steps and introduced the tools and techniques. We jumped right into forming the ends of the belt, each belt a custom length for each guest. After hand-tooling in lettering of their choice, students were introduced to the leather-dying area. Two tables were set up in a no-holds barred, anything goes match between human, a bottle of leather dye, and a raw belt.

Half an hour later after the whirlwind cleared guest chatted and coiffed beer and sparkling water while belts ranging from light brown to dark brown and black lay drying on Patagonia's main table. We talked about leather, hiking, Patagonia, and Seattle winter.

After fortifying ourselves with food and beer, we dived into the final steps of belt making. adding the buckle, belt saver and final rivets. One last coat of leather oil applied gave each belt a magnificent sheen and guests could rest easy that come and conquered the making of a belt that will last a lifetime.

photo credit to @jay_sueno with the amazing @patagoniaballard team

see more of our upcoming class dates

patagonia x uphill designs belt making class january 2019

January 31, 2019

classes

The Uphill Designs team traveled to Patagonia's Ballard store on January 31st, 2019 to put on a rendition of their Leather Belt-Making class as part of their Artisan Workshop series. The goal - for 3 hours turn Patagonia's retail floor into a leather workshop and lead 9 humans through the rigorous process of producing a classic 10-oz veg-tan leather belt.

As guests entered they found the Patagonia Provisions team merrily pouring local brews and serving up jerky, black bean dip and other healthy, responsibly-sourced treats.

As people met the Patagonia team, Uphill Designs founder and leather worker Dan, led students one by one through the process of strapping the leather that would eventually form into their belt. Participants chose custom belt buckles anywhere from 3/4" wide to 1.5" wide.

Drinks, snacks, strapped leather, and Uphill Design's shop dog Ragknarr circled up around the main table where Dan and teammate Axa led everyone through the evening's steps and introduced the tools and techniques. We jumped right into forming the ends of the belt, each belt a custom length for each guest. After hand-tooling in lettering of their choice, students were introduced to the leather-dying area. Two tables were set up in a no-holds barred, anything goes match between human, a bottle of leather dye, and a raw belt.

Half an hour later after the whirlwind cleared guest chatted and coiffed beer and sparkling water while belts ranging from light brown to dark brown and black lay drying on Patagonia's main table. We talked about leather, hiking, Patagonia, and Seattle winter.

After fortifying ourselves with food and beer, we dived into the final steps of belt making. adding the buckle, belt saver and final rivets. One last coat of leather oil applied gave each belt a magnificent sheen and guests could rest easy that come and conquered the making of a belt that will last a lifetime.

photo credit to @jay_sueno with the amazing @patagoniaballard team

Half an hour later after the whirlwind cleared guest chatted and coiffed beer and sparkling water while belts ranging from light brown to dark brown and black lay drying on Patagonia's main table. We talked about leather, hiking, Patagonia, and Seattle winter.

After fortifying ourselves with food and beer, we dived into the final steps of belt making. adding the buckle, belt saver and final rivets. One last coat of leather oil applied gave each belt a magnificent sheen and guests could rest easy that come and conquered the making of a belt that will last a lifetime.

photo credit to @jay_sueno with the amazing @patagoniaballard team

see more of our upcoming class dates