North Carolina leather crafter Wheeler Munroe has a workshop on a west-facing slope in the high mountains of Ashe County. There she and partner Michael Waldeck spend their time making maple syrup—and last-a-lifetime gardeners’ tool belts with a cult following:
Photography courtesy of Wheeler Munroe Leather Co., except where noted.
Above: Made to order, a leather Farm Belt can be customized to hang over either the left or right hip. With riveted pockets and rust-proof solid brass or nickel-plated brass hardware, it is $185 via Etsy.
Above: A Farm Belt has “tailored pockets for pruners and scissor-snips, folding knife and pencils, plus large inner and outer pockets for keeping phone, tools, ties, and hardware close at hand,” says Wheeler Munroe.
Above: Photograph via Floret Flowers.
Flower farmer Erin Benzakein sells a customized version of the Farmer Florist Belt (available for purchase via her Floret Flowers garden shop); the belt has “room for both heavy-duty pruners and flower snips or scissors, a cellphone, a pen and pencil and a rose stripper or hand trowel,” says Benzakein; $165.
Above: Wheeler Munroe has been sewing since age 9.
For more of our favorite tool storage ideas, see DIY: A Roll-Up Gardener’s Tool Apron.