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Rochester Bridle Leather Belt

Posted by Simon Harrison on Friday, October 27, 2017, In : Belts 

A classic Leather belt design using a whole Swage buckle.
My Rochester handmade leather belt uses a swage buckle. These are usually used on horse headcollars but make a perfect buckle for a leather belt. Solid brass is used for this leather belt.
Leather is Oak Bark tanned for a superior, individual finish to your bespoke leather belt. Bridle leather is used as it is one of the finest cuts of the hide, strong, flexible, and resilient. Dark Havana is used for this handmade bridle leather belt.
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Douglas Handmade Bridle Leather Belt

Posted by Simon Harrison on Saturday, October 21, 2017, In : Belts 

The solid brass flat West End buckle sets this handmade leather belt off. A classic design suitable for any occasion.
English bridle leather is used that has been tanned using an Oak Bark tanning process for a luxurious and individual leather belt. The leather is nearly 4mm thick and is a single piece that is made to measure for a bespoke service.
Hand waxed linen thread at 8 stitches to the inch is used to hold the buckle. Stitched by hand using the traditional skills of the English Saddler.
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Rochester Handmade Bridle Leather Belt

Posted by Simon Harrison on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, In : Belts 

A whole swage buckle is used for this leather belt for a classic design and style.
Full grain London Tan bridle leather that is made to measure for the perfect fit. ! 1/4 inches wide is just right for your casual trouser and jeans.
My three lines of Oakside signature stitching is carried out by hand using traditional saddlery skills. Waxed linen thread is used with double hand stitching. This means that each stitch passes completely through the leather before moving on to the next stitch. Each ...
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Hereford Leather Belt

Posted by Simon Harrison on Sunday, September 10, 2017, In : Belts 

The Hereford leather belt is a big belt with a two pin heavy duty buckle. Solid brass West End design with a roller to ease buckling.
Two stitched in keeper loops keep the belt's pointy end under control and make for a different design of leather belt.
Black Oak Bark tanned Bridle leather is used to make this belt. Hardwearing and beautiful. With each belt being individually made to measure for a bespoke service that is not seen nowadays. Three lines of my signature hand stitching make this bes...
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Rochester Leather Belt

Posted by Simon Harrison on Sunday, August 13, 2017, In : Belts 

A solid Brass Swage buckle sets the Rochester Leather belt apart from the rest.
Dark Stain Oak bridle leather from J&FJ Bakers in Devon is used to make your made to order leather belt. Hand cut and finished to your exact size means that you get the best fit for your waist.
Three lines of Oakside's signature hand stitching compliment the Rochester leather belt's equestrian roots. Notice that the stitching runs along the length of the leather? This keeps the strength of the leather by not making ...
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Equestrian Inspired

Posted by Simon Harrison on Monday, April 17, 2017, In : Belts 
Four handmade leather belts made with the equestrian in mind.

The Rochester handmade leather belt
Made using a swage head collar buckle

The Dublin handmade Leather belt
This one uses a folding hoof pick as a buckle - clever!

Minster handmade Leather Belt
An imitation strirrup iron belt buckle

The York Handmade Leather Belt
The York belt uses a stainless steel girth buckle

So just a small selection of my Bridle Leather Belts, all made by hand entirely in Great Britain (by Me!) using Oak Bark Tanned Bri...
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How to use a Conway Buckle

Posted by Simon Harrison on Sunday, November 1, 2015, In : Belts 
So you want to buy a Conwy Handmade Leather Belt but you are worried about how to buckle it?
Well check out this post on how the traditional Conway buckle works

Firstly pass one end of the strap through one of the loops. Pass the leather through from the back of the buckle with the grain side out (The nicest side of the leather)

Secondly pass the same point on the belt back through the other loop on the buckle.

Locate one of the three punched holes over the Conway buckle's centre pin and push it ...
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Belfast Belt

Posted by Simon Harrison on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, In : Belts 
The Belfast Belt

The Belfast belt from Oakside is a handmade leather belt with a double looped, solid brass, oval buckle.

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Buckle

The Belfast Buckle is made from solid brass in the UK at Abbey England, and is 1 ¼ inches wide. A stylish design which is quite flat with rounded corners and ends. A double buckle so requires no leather loops to keep the belt under control. The belt buckle is long enough to make it easy to buckle with plenty of room to push the leather through.

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Leather

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Does my Belt Need a Running Loop?

Posted by Simon Harrison on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, In : Belts 

What is a running loop?

A running loop is a small loop of leather that is free to move up and down your belt. It is normally the piece that you lose when it falls off!

What does a running loop do?

The reason behind the running loop is that it is there to keep the point of the leather tight against the rest of the belt, and hence, your waist.

Do I need one?

This all depends on the style of your belt. A casual belt, for instance, worn with jeans will not normally require a running loop as the point ...


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Go Traditional with Oakside Saddlery's Flat Leather Dog Collar

Posted by Simon Harrison on Friday, July 25, 2014, In : Belts 
Most dogs just need a collar to clip your lead to and to carry their identity tag (like all competent owners should do!). But you wouldn’t want to walk round with just any old collar on! So treat your friend to a traditional leather dog collarfrom Oakside Saddlery.

My traditional leather dog collars are made using the time-honoured skills of a traditional saddler. Made to order and hand stitched all in the UK by a traditionally trained Cordwainer.

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I make my leather dog collars to a tradi...


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The Skinny Belt

Posted by Simon Harrison on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, In : Belts 

What is a Skinny Belt?

A Skinny Belt is usually any belt that is less than 1 inch wide. And although you can buy many printed, cloth, and other fabrics, I am obviously going to look at Leather Skinny Belts.

Many of my belts can be made as a Skinny Belts as many of the buckles that I use are available in these sizes. Check out the following belts which can be less than 1 inch wide.

  • Lincoln Leather Belt 

    • ½ inch wide leather belt

    • 5/8 inch wide leather belt

    • ¾ inch wide leather belt

    • 7/8 inch wide leath...


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The Lincoln Leather Belt

Posted by Simon Harrison on Monday, July 7, 2014, In : Belts 

The Lincoln handmade Leather Belt appeals to the Equestrian market due to its use of a solid brass horseshoe buckle from Abbey England, but it need not stop there! The Lincoln Belt is at home with any casual style and is well suited to jeans as it has a maximum belt width of 1 ½ inches. Not only that but the same horseshoe buckle can drop down to ½ inch or 12mm for a skinny belt if required.

Lincoln Handmade English leather belt

Leather

As always my Lincoln Leather Handmade Belt uses top quality English bridle Leather that is aro...


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Men's Belt Style

Posted by Simon Harrison on Thursday, July 3, 2014, In : Belts 

I am by no means a fashion expert so I may have ‘borrowed’ a lot of these style tips from people who are more in the know!

Essentially Men’s belts can be placed in to two styles; Casual and Formal, with each suited to a particular situation.

The Formal Belt

Should men even wear a belt with their formal wear? I'm going to say yes! That is because it would be pointless of me not to if I want you to read this and then buy one of my belts! So lets forget the ins and outs and look at formal bel...


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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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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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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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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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Why should you buy a handmade leather belt?

Posted by Simon Harrison on Friday, May 30, 2014, In : Belts 
If you walk in to any department store you will be able to buy a ready made leather belt. So why should you order from Oakside and have to wait for a belt to be made and then delivered!

Simple Really!

My leather belts are made by hand using traditional techniques and methods. The leather is top quality, 1st selection, English bridle leather – the best leather you can get! You can choose from a selection of standard designs and buckles, or you can be adventurous and design one of your own uniq...


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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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