Intern Update: the Early Stages of Creating his Watch Strap
After months of studying and making samples, we wanted to give you a quick peak into Shawn’s process of working with horween leather, and his experience with learning a new craft.
How has the creation process been so far?
A really great experience! My first strap was definitely a learning process, but since then the quality has skyrocketed. It is very important to me that these bands look very professional and are high quality. I have read multiple leather crafting books, as well as spent countless hours thus far designing and crafting the bands in order to get them just right. At this point I am still not ready to release the bands with the Clockwork Synergy name, but every day is a step closer, and everyday the bands turn out much better than the prior.
Any early mistakes that you learned from?
My biggest mistake at first was rushing. I didn’t realize the meticulous nature of leather craftsmanship, and I definitely had to discipline myself and make sure each step of the process was perfect before I moved on the next.
What has been your biggest struggle?
The biggest struggle thus far for me is color combination: trying to find the perfect blend of leather and thread color to make the watch band look as professional as possible. Being a color blind individual, I’ve often asked many of my colleagues as to their opinion about my color combination choices, and I think I am getting to a point where I am confident and happy with my choices.