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Photo essay on Britain's last oak bark tannery

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ManofKent, Aug 10, 2011.

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    ManofKent Senior member

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    Thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you.
     
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    Quite interesting. Does anyone know offhand any company that specifically uses Baker's leathers? Just curious / interested in what most of their leathers are used for / what quality level they produce.
     
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    They make nice leather, I have a little here. My experience is that it tends to be heavier than it's spec, good quality and the colour is quite variable across an individual piece. They largely make for the saddlery market but do a lot of shoe and decorative leather as well.

    We've been threatening to do a limited edition 1butt (about 16 belts) run of belts in their Australian Nutt if people were interested? They would make very nice casual belts and the natural colour variation across the strap would show of the oak bark tanning well.

    Charlie
     
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    Just wanted to share my experience with Equus. In short, top notch service and product. Buy with confidence.
     
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    I must say that is a fantastic photo essay! Thank you for sharing.
     
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    Excellent link. Made my Thursday morning a bit more bearable...!
     
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    Cheers for this, MoK.
     
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    Many Thanks MoK
     
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    I'd buy one of those belts in a heartbeat...sounds like it'd be a terribly unique piece.
     
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    I think Baker makes about the best insole shoulder on the planet. If it was missed in the photo essay the hides are in the tanning liquors for a year. Only one other tannery in the world, AFAIK, comes even close. And no one else gets anywhere near the quality.

    It's expensive and time consuming to bring into the US, what with the VAT and shipping and customs brokerage fees, etc.. But every so often several of us form an ad hoc buyer's consortium and bring in a roll or two of shoulders, bends and welting. I think I still have most of two double shoulders and two whole bends left.
     
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    Very much so. The leather and buckles would be made by craftsmen from start to finish in Devon and Walsall respectively and the end results would be turned in to a belt in Northumberland so 100% UK made with the most high tech element being lost wax casting in Walsall (which was invented 1500 years ago or so) . If theres a bit of interest here I'll work out prices and how many we'd need to sell for it to be viable but we'd want to do a small run of something like 16-32 belts ish so each belt would be one of a very small number and would be certified as such. I've wanted to do a limited edition run with their leather for a long time, very nice if we can make it happen!

    Charlie
     
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    I'd buy a Barker oak bark tanned belt from you.
     
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    I'd certainly go for one of those.
     
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    definitely interested, but would you ship worldwide?
     
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    i would have liked to see the photos in color. tanning looks like real tough work
     
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    This sounds good to me. I'd be interested.

    If you aren't fully subscribed it wouldn't hurt to take it to SW&D side. There's a lot of interest (and knowledge) in this kind of leather over there.
     
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    I'm in as well for those oak-tanned belts.
     
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    Turns out Baker's was mentioned in the thread I was reading over in SW&D. The topic was the Kicking Mule Workshop belts that are beautiful and analogous to what Charlie is proposing, and a long conversation started between Jay_D and Mikecch, both of who are pretty knowledgeable for people not in the trade. The link is here. The conversation over there had to do with Japanese vs American leathers, and reached back to English leathers.

    Mikecch gave a link to a video of the Baker tannery that I enjoyed: Baker Tannery

    I loved the "left behind" comment in the Baker slideshow that ManOfKent linked to. Lucky for us some companies got left behind in the technological arms race and still managed to make a go of it.
     
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