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post #121 of 230
It would be great to see the natural tone Baker russet make it across the line as well. How far are we from making russet a reality?
post #122 of 230
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Originally Posted by kolecho View Post

It would be great to see the natural tone Baker russet make it across the line as well. How far are we from making russet a reality?

A couple more people and some technical details. I have a sample here that looks good but is quite heavy, I need to establish if that's all thats available etc. The leather itself looks good though and will make a good jeans belt

Charlie
post #123 of 230
Be good if we can get a few more guys to bring russet over the finish line. Come on guys!
post #124 of 230
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Originally Posted by kolecho View Post

Be good if we can get a few more guys to bring russet over the finish line. Come on guys!

It would. The sample I have is really nice and I think people will be pleased with it. Ive confirmed we can get the weight we want so it will be 4mm rather then 5+ as thats really a bit heavy. I plan to leave the edges raw and unburnished and the buckle will be stitched in at 8 to the inch in white thread as I think that will compliment the look. I think we will use a brass West End Roller which is more the shape of the brass West End but with a roller. The buckle won't be repolished by us or waxed so it will acquire a patina rapidly and whatever casting flaws the buckle has will be left rather than polished out. My aim for the russet belt is nothing to distract from the unadorned character of the leather. As ever details can be tweaked for individuals though

We need two more people then we'll start to send out invoices and as long as there are enough paid up people we'll be good to go. I hope we get there, its a very interesting project and a departure from our house style.

Charlie

Edited as OSX's spelling mistakes are worse than my original ones....
Edited by Equus Leather - 8/26/11 at 5:07am
post #125 of 230
The very first belt of the batch is made. This ones for me and is just a photographic model more than everything. The finished belt is as I hoped when starting the project. The leather is good to work with and the colour that the photos have shown comes through nicely in the finished belt. This one os from the spine area of the but and doesn't exhibit the agree of colour striation as further down the but, but the character of the leather os very lear and marks that the cow had in life are clearly visible. One of the most obvious differences other than colour to me is smell - the leather smells like leather did when I was a child, its lovely.

More progress will be added as it happens, we need to get the certificates and fobs in but full steam ahead as soon as possible.

This, for clarity, is the Australian Nut version in 1 1/4" with the Nickle West End, so the belt that a lot of you have ordered.
500

Charlie
post #126 of 230
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Edited by Louis XIV - 10/12/11 at 11:32am
post #127 of 230
Hi Jan,

The nickel is a little more silverish than the picture shows, I haven't colour corrected at all. It is a yellow/white rather than a pure white though as is the underlying metal. I'll post pictures of different leather buckle combos as they are made so people can see

Charlie
post #128 of 230
Looking good. It'd be cool if members could post pictures of their belts after a six-months or a year of wear. The evolution should be nice. Contest?
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Originally Posted by arced View Post

Looking good. It'd be cool if members could post pictures of their belts after a six-months or a year of wear. The evolution should be nice. Contest?

Good plan! Not sure what the judging criteria would be but I'm sure a prize could be organised!
post #130 of 230
Sweet looking belt. I'm in. PM on the way Charlie.
post #131 of 230
Hi all,

I have just PM'd the people who have expressed an interest in Russet - as long as people are still interested we're good to go with that branch as well. Aus Nut is very close to being full now and London Tan is getting there as well. Russet obviously still has room so let me know if your interested!

Charlie
post #132 of 230
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Originally Posted by Equus Leather View Post

Hi all,

I have just PM'd the people who have expressed an interest in Russet - as long as people are still interested we're good to go with that branch as well. Aus Nut is very close to being full now and London Tan is getting there as well. Russet obviously still has room so let me know if your interested!

Charlie

I am in!
post #133 of 230
Hi All,

Just a quick update. The first of the belts have been made and will be on their way to their owner tomorrow. We're still waiting for the brass fobs to be made (suppliers drive me mad...) but will be here shortly but we will send them separately if we have to so people don't had to wait longer than needs be. The belts are being made in the order they were ordered, if that makes sense and we'll send a message to each new owner as their belt is made to confirm its about to be sent and give them tracking numbers etc. It'll take a while to get through them all as I'm making each one personally but if anyone wants an individual estimate just drop me a PM.

The Russet, which was the last of the three colours to be ordered, is due here this afternoon - Bakers have had a big response to the photo story that started all this and I think have struggled to keep up with demand a bit. Good news for them and for us as fans of what they do. I'll post a picture of it when its here.

I know Ive said it before, but I love the smell of the Australian Nut, its how leather should smell...

Charlie
post #134 of 230
Waiting, waiting... I want my new belt! smile.gif
post #135 of 230

so cool and tks for sharing

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