Handmade leather One-of-a-Kinds and Odds and Ends

I sometimes have left over pieces of leather and off-cuts. Rather than throwing them away I often make unique and different items. All are made by hand using the same English Bridle Leather as all of my other handmade items.

Most are available now and all have free postage to mainland UK addresses.

Leather Colours

Leather Colours - from top; Australian Nut, Black, Burgandy, Chocolate, Conker, Dark Green, Dark Havana, Hazel, Light Havana, London Tan, Navy Blue, Oak Brown, Old Oak, Red


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So you have been looking for a handmade leather sling for your rifle. There are many available, in a variety of designs.

So why would you choose one of my handmade leather rifle slings?

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 rifle sling from Oakside because you like the look and quality of my work!

I am trained as a Cordwainer (someone who works with leather). I use traditional saddlery methods to make a handmade leather rifle sling to a standard that far surpasses shop bought leather rifle slings.

JE Sedgewick

I use top grade English Bridle Leathers from JE Sedgwick who have been established since 1900 They are world renown for producing some of the best bridle leathers. With thirteen different colours I am sure that you can find one to suit your style.

Abbey England

Founded in 1982 and based in Knutsford, Cheshire with a foundry in Walsall. Abbey England was awarded a Royal Warrant in 1995 for their quality goods manufactured in the UK foundry. I also buy all of my tools, thread, and dyes used to make my leather rifle slings from Abbey England.

So now I have the best quality British materials - top quality leather, and the best British buckles. Now the work comes down to me.

The buckle and swivels are stitched by hand to the handmade leather rifle sling. I use linen thread and double hand stitch. This means that each thread passes through the leather and makes a complete stitch, unlike machine stitching which interlocks the stitches in the middle of the leather. This means that on any  one side is the same length of thread, break one stitch and you break them all!  Double hand stitching uses two needles to stitch with, each stitch crosses inside the leather before moving on to the next one. This makes for a much stronger and more reliable stitch than machine stitching.

The other noticeable difference with my handmade Leather rifle slings is that the stitching runs along the length of the leather and not across it. By stitching along the length the strength and integrity of the leather is maintained. It takes a lot longer to do but is better in the long run! Stitching across the length is essentially making a perforation across the leather rifle sling, weakening the leather and making a potential failure point! I'm sure you don't want to drop your rifle or shotgun!

So there you have it. In summary the reasons for buying a Handmade Leather rifle sling from Oakside are;

  • Top selection English Bridle leather.
  • Solid brass, stainless steel or plated buckles and fittings.
  • Handmade in the UK.
  • Traditional hand stitching methods.
  • Stainless steel or black QR swivels.
  • Custom Designs.
  • Leather and Buckles made and finished in the UK.
  • Free UK delivery
  • Secure PayPal payment
  • A selection of standard designs.
  • UK, US, and European fittings.

Why should you choose Oakside Saddlery?

  • Everything is made in the UK so you are helping to support British Industry.
  • Handmade using traditional methods ensuring strength and longevity.
  • Made to measure for the perfect fit.
  • On-line purchases using PayPal for increased security.
  • Custom Designs for individuality.
  • Free UK Delivery with no hidden charges.
  • Worldwide shipping.

Simon Harrison

Oakside Saddlery

67 Windmill Rise



ME12 3QA

United Kingdom