Browsing Archive: June, 2014

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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Measuring for the Perfect Fit!

Posted by Simon Harrison on Friday, June 20, 2014, In : News 

Measuring your dog for a Handmade Leather Dog Collar from Oakside Saddlery couldn't be easier!

Method 2

Using your dogs existing collar to measure for your new handmade Leather Dog Collar. You will need the following items;

  • Your dog's collar.

  • A fabric tape measure or other ruler.

How To

Before removing your dog's collar check the fit and note which hole that the collar is buckled to.

  • Remove the collar and lay it flat.

  • Lay your measure alongside the collar.

  • Take the measurement from the inside of the o...


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Measuring For The Perfect Fit

Posted by Simon Harrison on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, In : News 

To measure your dog for your new Handmade Leather Dog Collar from Oakside is quite simple really.


Method 1


You will need the following items;

  • A fabric tape measure (this can be in inches or centimetres)

  • Two fingers

  • And your dog

Hopefully you have all three of these otherwise you may have to improvise!

Place the fabric tape around your dogs neck where the collar will go. The tape needs to have enough slack to easily slide two fingers underneath it. This is the size of the collar that you should order...


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Get Heavy with the Chatham Leather Belt from Oakside

Posted by Simon Harrison on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, In : Belts 
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The Chatham Handmade Leather Belt from Oakside is a heavy duty, no nonsense, leather belt. Designed with style and sturdiness in mind. It has a solid brass buckle and two leather loops that are stitched to the Bridle leather belt

Buckle

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The solid brass Chatham leather belt buckle is available in widths of;

  • 1 inch wide leather belt

  • 1 ¼ inch wide leather belt

  • 1 ½ inch wide leather belt

  • 1 ¾ inch wide leather belt

  • 2 inch wide leather belt

The solid brass Chatham belt buckle is quite flat and square wi...


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Care And Treatment Of Your Leather – Leather Belts

Posted by Simon Harrison on Monday, June 16, 2014, In : Repairs 
The treatment and conditioning of your new Handmade Leather Belt fromOakside is slightly different from my saddlery products. Most belts do not have to put up with the abuse that a dog collar is subjected to. And, although my belts are made from the same Bridle Leather and in the same way, the preconditioning should be carried out in a slightly different manner.

If you are feeling brave, and you don’t mind the smell of oil then go ahead and carry out the oiling mentioned in a previous post. ...


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Care and Treatment of your Leather - After Care

Posted by Simon Harrison on Thursday, June 12, 2014, In : Repairs 

How should you look after your handmade leather item from Oakside Saddlery?

Having spent a fair amount of cash on your handmade leather goods it seems only fitting that you should want to take care of it. Most leather if looked after will last many years of hard use. Dog collars, for instance put up with a lot of abuse – from mud, water, baths, sand, and their mate chewing on it!

To keep your leather in good condition and looking like new takes only a little bit of effort. If the leather is r...


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Care And Treatment Of Your New Handmade Leather Goods - Oiling

Posted by Simon Harrison on Thursday, June 12, 2014, In : Repairs 
You’re all excited because that package from Oakside Saddlery has turned up today! You are desperate to use it, but first, you have to condition the leather!

Leather is a natural product that requires looking after just like your own skin does. Although the leather goes through a long tanning process before I get it, it still needs further conditioning to soften the leather and nourish it.

Leather is extremely absorbent, it will readily soak up whatever you put on it. Have you noticed how sof...


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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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Standard Leather Dog Lead

Posted by Simon Harrison on Friday, June 6, 2014, In : Products 

My standard dog lead is a traditional leather lead made with practicality in mind.

A simple but useful leather dog lead that does exactly what it is meant to do!

Leather

The leather is my standard bridle leather, very strong and durable, perfect for my leather dog leads. Why have a nice collar and then scrimp on the lead? There are a variety of lengths;

  • Short 24 inches (60 cm)

  • Medium 36 inches (91 cm)

  • Long 48 inches (121 cm)

  • Extra Long (152 cm) (I'll cover this one in a later post)

And a variety of w...


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Baldric Sword Belt

Posted by Simon Harrison on Friday, June 6, 2014, In : History 
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I get asked to make some strange things sometimes. This one is a Baldric Sword Belt for Pirate re-enactment. Other than a few measurements to ensure a good fit, the rest was down to me. One caveat, the sword belt was for a left-hander.

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Probably a bit over engineered but then again the original version of these sword belts would, more than likely, have been made by the local saddler! 

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I didn’t charge nearly enough but it was great fun to make!

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And it does show what I am capable of!

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Why should you choose to buy a handmade Leather Belt from Oakside?

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

So you have been looking for a handmade leather belt. There are many available from really cheap ones – to really expensive ones, and I mean really expensive, even some made from human skin!

So why would you choose one of my handmade leather belts?

Maybe it is just because you like to support UK small business? Whatever the reason, I would like to think that you choose to buy a leather belt from Oakside because you like the look and quality of my work!

I am trained as a Cordwainer (someone who...


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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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Spotlight on Oakside's Bristol Leather Belt

Posted by Simon Harrison on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, In : Belts 
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The Bristol leather belt is a stylish handmade English bridle leather belt fitted with a solid brass Bristol buckle and a brass belt loop.

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The solid brass buckle is hand stitched to an English bridle leather belt. No cheap rivets here! This stitching runs along the length of the leather in four runs. The stitches are placed so that every inch of stitching has 10 stitches. The brass loop has a slight amount of sideways movement between the stitching.

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The Bristol handmade Leather belt comes in tw...


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Bespoke Leather Dog Collars and Leads

Posted by Simon Harrison on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, In : Products 

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So you have an idea for the perfect collar for your dog. And no matter how much you have scoured the web you just can’t find exactly what you are looking for! This is when a Bespoke Cordwainer comes in handy. Give me your ideas and I will see what I can do.

Some of the specific requirements I have been requested to make are listed below

  • ·         Extra wide to protect an old injury.
  • ·         Brass instead of leather loops.
  • ·         Wide boar hound style collar.
  • ·         Double pronged buc...

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Military Working Dogs

Posted by Simon Harrison on Monday, June 2, 2014, In : History 

Dogs have been used in war for many years. Britons, Greeks, Egyptians, and Romans all used large breeds of dog for scouts, tracking, and battle. Attila the Hun used giant Molossian dogs during his campaigns. Roman armies used entire companies of large Molossian dogs to devastate enemy warriors. These dogs would have spiked collars and mail armour, fitted to them to cause utter mayhem! 

WW1

It was in WW1 that the Red Cross wanted to use Ambulance dogs to locate injured soldiers. Dogs were used a...


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Why should you buy a West End Leather Belt from Oakside?

Posted by Simon Harrison on Sunday, June 1, 2014, In : Belts 
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The West End leather belt must be one of my favourite belts. I have two of these belts myself. One made from 1 1/2 inch wide, Australian nut bridle leather, with white stitching fitted with a stainless steel West End buckle. I use this belt every day on my jeans and it still looks as good now as when I first made it - even if I do say so myself!

The second West End leather belt I have uses a Nickel buckle. This one is more subdued, made from black bridle leather and stitched in black. This bel...


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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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Kent

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United Kingdom

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