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A Few Belts at Keeneland

by Richie

A venerable racetrack, swanky cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and a leathermaking class.  A new take on summer camp!


Keeneland racetrack (Lexington, Kentucky) hosted an evening program where we all got a few belts. Both the leather kind and the ones made of bourbon.

In a terrace room overlooking the track, about sixty of us spent the evening make fine leather belts.

The workshop was sponsored by Clayton & Crume, a local leather working company. They had all the supplies and tools ready for us at long tables covered with kraft paper.

Hip bourbon cocktails and fancy small-bite appetizers were served all evening.

We learned a few of the basic steps in belt making – how to bevel, burnish, stain, wax, punch and trim.

The pros from Clayton & Crume did the hard parts like stitching the leather belts and affixing the rivets.

At the end of the evening we each walked out with a finished belt and a swag bag full of goodies.

I sure liked the cocktail-hour version of learning a new craft. Beats summer camp!



Barbara Hancock July 20, 2021 - 9:34 am

How cool! Funnily enough, I read this post last Saturday when we arrived at Keeneland for a Concours car show! Cheers!

Richie July 20, 2021 - 9:45 am

Oooo – luv old cars!!

Beth Daniels July 17, 2021 - 10:23 pm

Wow! How do you find such diversified things to do and places to go!

Richie July 18, 2021 - 12:46 am

I read junk mail – lol

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