Bella Wedig opened Force of Habit: Leather Vocation in 2019 in Trenary, Michigan. She describes the decision to learn leathersmithing on her website, saying "I got started with leatherwork the same way that one opens a bag of chips and 30 minutes later finds the bag empty: too much free time on my hands and nothing else to do. Turns out, I love it!"
In the four years since she began working with leather, Bella has begun creating a myriad of designs, including handmade leather armor. Her creations are enchanting, which is exactly the feeling we were looking for in our latest collection.
Each of the leather belts and wallets that Bella created for us is made from 100% American materials. This is important because it reduces the carbon footprint of all her designs. Further, she uses an eco-friendly bark solution to tan the leather, forgoing chemicals that can harm the environment.
A fun fact about Bella is that her dad, Dale Wedig, was Beth and Gordon's metalsmithing instructor at Northern Michigan University!
We are so excited about this collaboration. Every piece is absolutely beautiful and the time, effort, and care put into each item are obvious. We hope that you'll stop by the shop to check them out in person!
Let customers speak for us1815 reviews
The butterfly pendant is so pretty. It is very nicely made. It can be worn for dress up or for casual. Love it!!
Perfect match for the pendant of the same shape and design! They go great together and we’re made for each other!
Superior Gales Pendant
I love the pendant so much! The details are perfect.
I love the prints on all of these. I have bought many for Christmas gifts, nieces in H.S. and MIL. They like them all, very beautiful prints
Walking through the woods when it's "raining" autumn is one of my favorite things to do and this pendant captures that experience beautifully!! Thank you!!
This pendant is beautiful. It inspires so many wonderful memories of the loons on our lake. It is a true keepsake!
Love my pendant!
The Woodland Conifer pendant in silver is my very favorite necklace. It’s a perfect size, goes with anything I wear (I actually never take it off) and it reflects my love of the northwoods. I couldn’t be happier with my purchase.
I purchased this pendant as a gift for an NMU alumni as a reminder of their time at NMU, in Marquette near our beautiful Lake Superior! The stunning landscape on this pendant is sure to provide lifetime memories of treasured times in Marquette!
Thank you for your gifts and talents you create in your amazing pieces.