Taf Schaefer

Luxury Belt Buckle to celebrate Golf's Hole in One

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Spring Golf Season is the time to start hoping for that Hole in One.

 

When pondering another Golf Buckle idea the Hole in One was top of the list.  At Taf Schaefer we wanted to capture the essence of that moment... the golf ball dropping into the cup with determination and exuberance achieving that elusive goal.

Wax model of the Hole in One Buckle

Wax model of the Hole in One Buckle

The form takes shape starting with sculptor's wax that warms with the heat of the hand.  Choices along the way start with the  decision on the composition; should it be oval, square or round?  Making it round seemed best because of the inherent shape of the cup on the golf course and of course the ball itself.  

The texture and size of the golf ball is key to the concept. Taking an actual golf ball, we made a mold and cast a wax of that portion needed.  Just a bit of the interior of the cup is shown since most is below ground level, really only showing its side walls.  The grass surrounding the cup is represented by a swirling texture.

 

Original bronze casting of the Hole in One Buckle.

Original bronze casting of the Hole in One Buckle.

The wax model has been cast in bronze.  This original metal model will be finished with hand tools and polished so the master mold can be made of this second stage buckle.  The master mold will be vulcanized rubber, a material that captures intricate and subtle detail. That mold will be used to recreate more waxes that will then be cast in the cire perdue or lost wax process.  

 

The Ace Golf Belt

The Ace Golf Belt

"The Ace" is completed by either a Chestnut or Black leather belt.  Click on the image to see the product page.