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New Lines to my Store Coming Soon

Posted by Simon Harrison on Sunday, May 24, 2020 Under: New Products
I have been working on a few different leather items for me.
I have always been badgered by a friend of mine to make some leather watch straps. I have been putting him off as I have never made anything as thin and small as a watch strap! Anyway I have made a few now and given them out for testing. The first ones use buckles that I already have. But bridle buckles are a bit big so I will have to change that. Holes need to be smaller so I will be on the lookout for some smaller punches. And the leather needs to be thinner! blimey! I feel like I could just push the needles through without the awl!
The problem is though. I actually really enjoy a new challenge. And I have already though of some different ideas.

Oh and the leather that they are resting on is a piece of Mock-Croc before anyone starts trying to report me for CITIES! Hang on now that is another idea for a watch strap.

The next thing that I made is something that I have always wanted to do but just never managed to get around to it. A small messenger pad and a 2 gusset leather briefcase. Rather than take orders for bespoke versions of these I think that I may just make them as and when and put them up for sale. I could probably take ideas if someone wants something specific.
The small bag took me around 2 days to make and the large briefcase was around a weeks work. The leather was a bit thick and in places was three layers of around 5mm thick leather. Needless to say my fingers ached a bit after a few days of constant stitching!
As with my watch straps I have thought of some other ideas and my next design may just be a messenger bag based on a WW2 saddlebag.

Anyway, stay safe and have a nice day.


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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, Leather briefcases and messenger bags, watch straps, And Leather rifle slings for Field Sports. All made in the Traditional Hand-stitched way


Simon Harrison

Oakside Saddlery

67 Windmill Rise



ME12 3QA

United Kingdom


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