My husband is disgusted with "genuine cowhide" belts that barely last two years. He wants a solid leather belt, thank-you-very-much. He just ordered us up a bunch of leather and leather-working supplies. One of the excuses is that it can lead the children into silverwork. They don't have the strength to stamp and form metal, but they're strong enough to stamp leather. So they've all had fun stamping and painting leather this weekend. We'll see how it goes.