This will be a belt that removing the tension every time I'm done using it, will be a real pain. But so what? There is lots of leather around. The only real prob is that it might set in one position for 8 months unless I can remember to take the tension off in that interval.FWIW I also use leather belts for one of my lathes. I join them with a scarf joint about 30mm long and standard PVA glue , clamped between two pieces of metal while setting. No stitching or other reinforcement of any kind. The first belt was already on the lathe when I got it but had to be shortened to fit my re-arranged drive set-up. It must have been at least 30 years old but still pliable. It eventually came apart but not at the join I made. The current belt was also made using leather belting that came with the lathe and would also be the same age as the previous one. It has been on the lathe for 3 years now and shows no sign of coming apart. I don't use a lot of tension on the belts (belt slip is my safety fuse) and always remove the tension when not in use.