Harness Maker

Cut, assemble and join leathers and other parts of the harnesses.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $36,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Harness Makers do?

Cuts, assembles, and joins leather and other parts of harnesses, following customer specifications concerning color and thickness of leather and size or type of harness, to fabricate new or repair damaged or worn harness: Traces outline of part on material. Cuts parts along outline from leather or canvas [CUTTER, HAND I]. Assembles and joins edges of parts, using needle and thread or stitching machine. Inserts harness strap ends through buckles, rings, or other hardware, and loops and joins end to body of strap, using stitching machine or hand riveting tool. Punches buckle holes in harness, using awl or punch. Carves specified design on material, using handtools. Laces leather thong around article to form decorative edge. Applies paint and liquid dressing to harness to produce glossy finish, using brush or sponge. Cuts lining from fleece, following pattern and glues it to inside of saddle or holster. May clean harness. May specialize in replacing damaged harness parts, such as bridle, breast, or body harness and be designated Harness Repairer.


Should I be a Harness Maker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Harnessmaker, Harnessmaker Apprentice, Saddle and Harness Maker

    How to become a Harness Maker

    Most Harness Makers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9sbaab&chl=no+college+%2874%25%29|certificate+%2822%25%29|associate%27s+%282%25%29|||doctorate+%282%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,74,74
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