TT: How did you get your start making belt buckles?
PRUITT: It was a natural progression in making jewelry…it just sort of happened.
TT: Why belt buckles?
PRUITT: Belts need them.
TT: Who do you have in mind when you visualize your customers?
PRUITT: Nothing particular comes to mind, but tons of time goes into the design process, I mean, they need to be cool enough for me to wear.
TT: What is the process you go through in creating a belt buckle?
PRUITT: It all starts off with pencil and paper, sketching multiple ideas until one stands out from the rest. From there the sketch gets scanned into the computer and a 3-dimensional model is generated. After that, the fabrication process takes place, using a variety of tools, from a 3 axis CNC machining center, to hand files and welding.
TT: About how long does it take you?
PRUITT: Time greatly varies upon the design, some pieces can take up to several weeks.
TT: What makes your particular craftsmanship unique?
PRUITT: The process alone is unique to making buckles, especially with the materials I use for buckles, I strive for a very clean industrial look, sometimes this can be an aggressive feel, other times it is very streamlined.
TT: How do you select your materials?
PRUITT: I only use three metals, Stainless Steel, Titanium, and Zirconium. When I use stones it is normally when I collaborate with my brother Chris. Other materials that include carbon fiber, titanium Damascus, or other industrial materials are chosen for their aesthetic properties and uniqueness.
TT: How do you know when a piece is truly finished?
PRUITT: You just know
TT: Where do you find inspiration?
PRUITT: Inspiration comes from everyday life and where my life path has taken me. I don’t limit myself to any one thing, if there is something that strikes me I tend to explore that design aesthetic for a while until I am satisfied, this allows me to create new pieces on a consistent basis.
TT: What motivates you?
PRUITT: The joy of creating and the challenges each design has.