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Additional Leather Loop on a Dog Collar

Posted by Simon Harrison on Thursday, October 12, 2017, In : Products 

What is the purpose of an additional loop?
The additional leather loop on one of my handmade leather dog collars serves to hold the point of the dog collar tightly against the collar. The extra loop is the one on the right of the picture, after the dee ring. It is stitched in place and blocked square. It make the collar look nicer by not leaving the point flapping around. It can also help if you have more than one dog that like to chew one another's collars.
Australian nut bridle leather and so...
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Fancy Something Plaited

Posted by Simon Harrison on Sunday, October 1, 2017, In : Products 

How about treating your dog to a handmade plaited leather dog collar from Oakside Saddlery. It's not even too late for Christmas to place your order for a bespoke leather dog collar.
My plaited leather dog collars are made from a single piece of Oak Bark Tanned Bridle Leather. This one is full grain London Tan colour from J&FJ Bakers in Colyton. I use a mystery braid to make these leather dog collars. A mystery braid has no cuts across the leather nor any joins to weaken the collar. Have a loo...
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Padded and Lined Leather Sighthound Collar

Posted by Simon Harrison on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, In : Products 

An option on my handmade leather Sighthound Collars is to have the inside lined and padded. This padding can help to protect a sighthound's long neck when they are on the lead.
I use a soft leather to line the inside of the leather dog collar. This is stitched by hand to the collar. In this collars case the dog collar has also been lined with a thick layer of neoprene between the two pieces of leather. This further reduces pressure on your dog's neck.
Handmade from Black Oak bark tanned Bridle ...
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Traditional Leather Dog Collar

Posted by Simon Harrison on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, In : Products 

Why not treat your best friend to their own leather dog collar. My classic leather dog collars are made from J&FJ Baker's Oak Bark Tanned English Bridle leather. A superior leather that is soft, strong, and supple, perfect for your dog's collar.

Stainless steel West End buckle and dee ring will not rust and will easily last the life of the collar.
Black genuine English leather is cut and finished by hand entirely in Great Britain (By me!)
Hand stitched using traditional hand stitching skills usi...

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Custom Dog Tag

Posted by Simon Harrison on Monday, August 7, 2017, In : Products 

Sometimes you might just need an additional tag ring on your dog collar. These can be used to attach your dog's ID tag. Having a separate ring can stop you accidentally attaching your lead to the tags split ring and breaking it. At 1/2 inch wide it is perfect for just that job.


A small piece of leather is thinned down and stitched by hand to the back of your dog's collar. Although it is not meant to hold your dog it probably would!
Visit www.oaksidesaddlery.co.uk to learn ore about my custom de...

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Fancy Leather Dog Collar

Posted by Simon Harrison on Saturday, August 5, 2017, In : Products 
This is a different collar design for me. Rather than having leather keeper loops the fancy collar uses a solid brass fancy loop to keep the point under control.
A reverse turn keeps the Dee ring, buckle, and loop away from your dog leaving a smoother interior with fewer disturbances making for a more comfortable design for your dog.
A West End roller buckle eases buckling with plenty of room for the leather. When buckled on the middle hole the reverse turn is covered by the leather.
This Collar...

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Extra-Wide Dog Collar

Posted by Simon Harrison on Thursday, August 3, 2017, In : Products 

Some big dogs may need a collar that is wider than 1 inch but don't need a a massive buckle to go with it. My extra-wide leather dog collar uses a 1 inch buckle and dee ring that tapers out to a wide back. This means that the part of the collar at the front is narrower which can give the dog more room to move their head down.
London colour Full Grain Leather is used on this collar. The leather is from J&FJ Bakers & Co in Devon, it is Oak barked tanned English Bridle Leather, perfect for your d...

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What Collar should I get for my Dog?

Posted by Simon Harrison on Thursday, July 6, 2017, In : Products 

So you have just got your new furry friend and need to treat them to a new dog collar. Once you start looking around you realise that there are a vast array of dog collars to choose from. From high visibility collars, to rope, chain, to leather. Each of these collars comes with their pros and cons.

Now this may sound strange but for a puppy I would recommend finding a collar with a lot of adjustment that your dog can grow in to. No matter how much you look it up and think how big there a...


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Dog Collars

Posted by Simon Harrison on Sunday, January 29, 2017, In : Products 
Any dog, Any size!


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Additional Loop

Posted by Simon Harrison on Sunday, October 16, 2016, In : News 

Fed up with a long, flappy, end on your lovely handmade leather dog collar?
Then simply opt for the additional loop option and I will hand stitch an extra leather loop after the dee ring. This loop keeps the point tightly against the collar and prevents it from spoiling your pets perfect pose for that excellent photograph.
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3 Collars, 3 Colours, 3 Options

Posted by Simon Harrison on Saturday, February 21, 2015, In : Products 

Personalisation of any item is a good thing! And how better to express this than by ordering handmade.

Colour

The three leather dog collars above are; from left, Dark Havana, Black, and Australian Nut.Dark Havana is a dark brown coloured leather, Australian Nut has a reddish hint to it, and black is, well, black! 

Stitching is carried out by hand and can either blend in or contrast. So above we have brown stitching on a dark Havana collar, Yellow stitching on an Australian Nut collar, and on the...


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What's The Point?

Posted by Simon Harrison on Saturday, July 12, 2014, In : News 

The point when making leather is the part of a belt or strap that passes through the buckle. There are a variety of designs and styles that a Cordwainer can use, and sometimes traditional methods dictate what style of point a strap should have. Nowadays, on leather belts and the like, this is just a case of personal preference.

There are two styles of point that I use and both are traditional designs.

Cathedral Point

The cathedral point, or harness point, is probably the most common point end in...


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Measuring your Dog for a Handmade Leather Slip Collar

Posted by Simon Harrison on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, In : News 

Measuring your dog for a slip collar

The measurement that I require to make your leather handmade slip collar is not the same as a traditional collar. This is due to the way that a leather slip collar fits on your dog. As a slip collar does not open it needs to be able to pass completely over your dog's head without pinching or rubbing.

To measure you will need;

  • A fabric tape measure,

  • and your dog of course!

Simply take your tape and measure around the largest part of your dog's head....


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Racing to get a Leather Sighthound Collar

Posted by Simon Harrison on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, In : Products 

The Sighthound Collar

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A sighthound is a type of hound that catches its prey by using shear speed and agility. It uses, as the name would suggest, its keen vision to keep this prey in sight at all times. Sighthounds have a long, lean, and flexible body; long legs and neck, and a deep chest. This all comes together to create the perfect, high-speed, hunter.

Breeds of dog associated with being a Sighthound include;

  • Greyhound

  • Whippet,

  • Lurcher

  • Afghan Hound

  • Borzoi

  • Wolfhound

  • Saluki

To name but a few.

Sighthoun...


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Treat your dog to a bit of traditional style with a twist!

Posted by Simon Harrison on Thursday, June 5, 2014, In : Products 

Plaited collar

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My plaited dog collars are made from English Bridle leather, the pre-eminent leather available. It is hard wearing, long-lasting and has an excellent finish. My plaited leather collars are available in either Black, Dark Havana, or Australian Nut Bridle leather with the entire collar made from a single piece of leather, with no joins in the plait.

Buckle

The buckles that I use are either; solid brass roller buckles or stainless steel West End Buckles. I use stainless steel West En...


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A Short History of Dog Collars

Posted by Simon Harrison on Monday, May 26, 2014, In : History 

Dog Collars have been in use by mankind for thousands of years. Images can be found in Ancient Egyptian paintings dating back to 3500BC. These collars were made from leather and had the dogs name on them. The Ancient Greeks used dogs to protect their livestock and used large spiked collars. The Ancient Romans were devoted to their dogs, and collars have been found with with messages in them showing appreciation to their dogs.

Dogs have been used, and sadly abused, by humans for many years; hu...


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Introduction from Simon

Posted by Simon Harrison on Saturday, May 24, 2014, In : News 
Hi all,

My name is Simon, I am the Cordwainer at Oakside. My two websites are www.oaksidesaddlery.co.uk and www.oaksidebelts.co.uk. I specialise in hand stitching heavy English Bridle leather and making bespoke leather dog collars and leads, horse bridles and hand made leather Belts.

I hope to be able to use this blog to inform you about some of the products that I make, give you an insight into leather and the skills that I use, and to also provide some advice to help you make an informed deci...
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Simon Harrison Cordwainer at Oakside Saddlery Handmade, bespoke leather Made in England. Leather Collars and Leads for your Dog, Handmade, made to Measure Leather Belts, Leather camera straps, And Leather rifle slings for Field Sports. All made in the Traditional Hand-stitched way

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Oakside Saddlery

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United Kingdom

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