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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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A New belt for the winter

Posted by Simon Harrison on Thursday, September 28, 2017, In : New Products 

The Halifax.
This one uses a solid Brass West End Roller buckle from Abbey England. At 1 1/4 inch wide it is perfect for casual wear and jeans.
Dark Havana Oak Bark Tanned Bridle Leather belt that is made to order for a truly bespoke leather belt. The stitching is carried out by hand using a heavy waxed linen thread.
This leather belt also has no creases down the edges for a smooth design.
A single fixed keeper loop is stitched in behind the buckle with the stitches running underneath the loop ke...

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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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Douglas Handmade Leather Belt

Posted by Simon Harrison on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, In : New Products 

One of my new belts for 2017. The Douglas Handmade Leather Belt.

Made to measure for the perfect fit in my workshop in Mister-on-Sea, in Great Britain.

Buckle

A solid Brass Swelled West End buckle is used on the Douglas leather belt. This buckle is a traditional buckle design with great looks. Being solid brass means that there is no rust giving years of use without detracting from style.

Stitching

Three lines of Oakside Signature hand stitching. Using traditional saddlery stitching skills and ha...


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3 inch wide Perth Leather Belt

Posted by Simon Harrison on Monday, August 29, 2016, In : Products 


The Perth Leather belt

At 3 inches wide, or 76mm, which ever you prefer, is the widest leather belt that I craft. A dress belt designed to be worn over your outfit.

Leather
As with all of my leather belts I use only top quality bridle butt leather. Bridle butt leather is very strong, yet pliable and supple. It ages beautifully and develops an outstanding individuality. Being made to measure ensures that you have the perfect fit.

Buckle
A solid brass London Dee buckle is used for the Perth leather ...


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New Selection of Handmade Leather Belts

Posted by Simon Harrison on Sunday, April 17, 2016, In : New Products 

A selection of new handmade leather belts soon to hit my store!

The Rochester Leather Belt

A solid Brass Swage buckle stitched with three lines of hand stitching.

The Perth Leather Belt

A 3 inch wide leather belt with a solid brass London Dee buckle

The Battersea Leather Belt

Fitted with a solid brass whole harness buckle

To order one of these belts before they are in the store simple contact me at oaksidesaddlery@gmail.com


Si

www.oaksidesaddlery.co.uk


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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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The Hereford

Posted by Simon Harrison on Monday, June 15, 2015, In : Showcase 


A new belt that has just joined the Oakside Saddlery line up. The Hereford handmade leather belt is a wide leather belt with a double or twin pronged buckle and two leather loops.

Buckle

The Hereford has a large double prong West End roller buckle fitted for the ultimate in form and security. The two prongs buckle into matching holes making for a stylish finish to a beautiful hand-crafted leather belt.  This twin pronged buckle is available in two widths; a 50mm (2 inch) wide buckle, and the mo...


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Oxford Handmade Leather Belt

Posted by Simon Harrison on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, In : Showcase 

Time for a look at one of my new belts. The quick release Oxford handmade leather belt with Marshalsay Buckle.


Leather

As always this Oxford Leather belt uses to grade bridle butt leather from Metropolitan Leather. At between 3.5 – 4 mm it is some of the best leather you can buy. It is very supple but supremely strong. A super smooth finish to the grain making for a true one of a kind leather belt. There are not too many markings on the leather, but that is what makes leather unique.


Buckle

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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

I use genuine Eng...


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History of the Belt - Prehistory

Posted by Simon Harrison on Thursday, August 7, 2014, In : History 

3350BC – 3100BC – The Ice Man

This amazing fella was discovered on a mountain in the Otztal Alps, South Tyrol, Italy on 19th September, 1991 by two hikers. He was partially encased in glacier ice and so well preserved that originally he was thought to be an unfortunate mountain hiker that had met his end. After recovery of the body radiocarbon dating revealed that the iceman lived between 3350 and 3100 BC, making him 5000 years old.

Among the many items of well preserved clothing found...


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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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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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A selection of my Handmade Leather Belts

Posted by Simon Harrison on Thursday, July 10, 2014, In : Products 
Aberdeen Leather Belt http://www.oaksidebelts.co.uk/aberdeen.php
Ascot Leather Belt http://www.oaksidebelts.co.uk/ascot.php
Belfast Leather Belt http://www.oaksidebelts.co.uk/belfast.php
Bristol leather Belt http://www.oaksidebelts.co.uk/bristol.php
Chatham Leather Belt http://www.oaksidebelts.co.uk/chatham.php
Cheltenham Leather Belt http://www.oaksidebelts.co.uk/cheltenham.php
Lincoln Leather Belt http://www.oaksidebelts.co.uk/lincoln.php
London Leather Belt
http://www.oaksidebelts.co.uk/london.php
West End Leather Belt http://www.oaksidebelts.co.uk/west-end.php


Si

www.oaksidebelts.co.uk

www.oaksidesaddlery.co.uk


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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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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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Have you ever wondered why my belts are named after UK towns?

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

The usual reason is that many belt buckles are named after towns. This is more than likely that that style of buckle originated in that town.

If a buckle is not named then my naming convention goes to the town from where my first order for that belt originated.

Simple really!

So if you want to be the first with a belt named after your town, pop over to Oakside’s Custom Belts and design your one=of-a-kind masterpiece!

Si

www.oaksidebelts.co.uk

www.oaksidesaddlery.co.uk


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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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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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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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