A big thanks to Terry of Terry Dear Celtic Leathercrafts for making this beautiful belt!
Although he doesn’t usually use 6mm leather for belting, he was kind enough to work out this one for me.
This one is custom hand-made, using 15 oz (6 mm, that is 1 oz = 0.4 mm) oak bark tanned English bridle leather from J & FJ Baker & Co Ltd. of
Hamlyns Colyton, a tannery since Roman times and the only remaining producer of oak bark tanned leather in England.
According to Andrew of Hamlyns, this oak-bark tan is a traditional process requiring 12months of tannge, as opposed to the 2 months tannage of the run-of-the-mill vegetable tanned leathers (here’s Andrew below – photo by Terry; apparently the machine was built before World War I, and still in daily use today).
A big difference in quality, he says.
And yes, I do agree – the grain of this belt is amazing; I finally understand what they mean by the slow tanning process bringing out more nuances of character in the leather.
Quite different from the ultra-smooth finish on most veggie tanned belts – have a look at the macros below and see for yourself!
Also, the belt is less stiff than most of the heavy veggie tanned belts – I assume it’s because of all the oils this leather is packing.
Bending the leather towards itself, oils can be seen as a white substances floating to the surface!
The craftsmanship is beautiful, from the hand-stitching the edge finish!
The way Terry tapered the belt is also very nice 🙂
I’m liking the buckle a lot too, haven’t seen this style around much – doesn’t scratch the leather edges, which is a huge bonus.
Looking forward to giving this belt lots more wears – but stayed tuned for more belts & stuff!