Photo essay on Britain's last oak bark tannery

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  1. Equus Leather

    Equus Leather Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Hi all,

    Right, I have prices and we are all ready to go. Some of the below is a restatement but I wanted to make sure everyone had all the relevant info

    First of, prices have slipped slightly. My Bakers price list was from 2009 it transpires and there has been a bit more of an increase than I had anticipated. Still good value given the nature of the leather though I think, but my apologies for the rise.

    I propose £52.50 for a belt in 1", 1 1/8" or 1 1/4" widths and £55 for 1 3/8" or 1 1/2" widths. There are no other increments for length or for any of our nickel, brass or stainless steel buckles. I suggest that either the Brass West End or in particular the Nickel West End are very suited to the artisan Victorian approach that has been take to the leather. The Brass is solid brass throughout, hand polished by us and obviously a bright yellow. The Nickel is a very subtle highly lustrous yellow white and has a stainless steel tounge and is also highly polished. We are one of very few makers to use solid Nickel in the UK. If you prefer any of the other buckles on our website thats fine and included in the price. I think the Stirrup may be a little light for this leather. The spec is 3.5-4mm but Bakers say it tends more toward 4mm.

    With the belt you'll get a certificate from us with our seal certifying the use of Bakers leather, the number of the belt and the number made and the signature of the maker. Given this has been co-ordinated by me I suspect I will make each of them as well. Each belt will also have a brass fob, again stating the belts number in the run and the total. This is what we provide with our Lined and Raised, in essence.

    There has been a lot of interest so I propose, if no-one objects, to the Australian Nut run having a hard maximum of 40 belts in total so there are enough for those who want one. This assumes that everyone buys 1" belts, which they won't, but we need a number to put on the certificates. The London Tan is the same idea though I don't think there will be as many takers so we will declare a maximum run of 20 belts. We need a minimum of 6 belts per colour to make it cost effective.

    Obviously supply is very limited so first come first served with those who have already indicated an interest getting priority. We will need payment upfront via PayPal invoice (though we can likely organise payment via different means if needs be) and the waiting list will be c. 1 calendar month as with our regular orders - everything is obviously being made entirely by hand for its owner so takes a little while, plus a lot of our buckles are specially made for us so can take a while if we have to order them in etc etc. If you order, pay and we don't reach the minimum to go ahead it goes without saying we'll give you a full refund in a timely manner.

    For this offer we have tweaked our shipping rates to reflect how people will probably buy and keep it as cheep as possible. These are below our cost and as far down as we could go - I know trans Atlantic shipping is always painful

    1-2 belts to the UK £4
    1 Belt to the EU £8.50
    2 Belts to the EU £11.00
    1 Belt to US and the rest of the World £10
    2 belts to the US etc etc £14.50

    If your keen to go ahead please can you PM me;

    Your name and shipping address
    Your PayPal address so we can send you an invoice

    The width, length, buckle, and leather colour of the belt(s) you want and if you want any customisations such as different coloured thread, number/placement of holes, etc

    Have a look at the website for buckle ideas - http://www.equusleather.co.uk/index.php/Bridle-Leather-Belts/View-all-products.html
    Our size guide is here - http://www.equusleather.co.uk/index.php/Belt-Sizing-Guide.html - a short summation would be order 2" larger than your trouser size

    My apologise for the mammoth post. I'll PM this to everyone who has expressed an interest so far as well, if I miss you out you are still welcome to get in touch!

    Charlie
     
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    Charlie - put me down for one :)
     
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    Thanks for the update. :) Just a quick question, do you have a sense of the timetable on these? This isn't to rush you, but to get sense of the process.
     
  4. Equus Leather

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    Hi Arced,

    Give or take a calendar month from ordering to completion. we do sometimes very a little from this if we have to wait for a batch of buckles etc, but we stick pretty closely to that. If anything we'll try and keep the lead time as short as we can as I know there will be quite a lot of anticipation here to see the finished products!

    Charlie
     
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    I was thinking 1 and 1/8th wide, stitched with a backing, two snaps on the back to allow for buckle to be swapped in and keeper.
     
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    it'd also be nice for the snaps to be concealed, if possible (should work well with the lined belts) - and I'd be willing to forgo the buckle in exchange for a lesser price on the belt :slayer:
     
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    Hi ThinkDerm,

    I'll put my thinking cap on. I have to snaps aren't really our thing but an interesting design exercise and if I can think of a way of doing it that is of a quality I'd be happy with I'll shout :)

    Charlie
     
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    I love the way this project emerged and developed organically in this thread, a kind of hidden corner of SF. I'm down for a belt in London Tan.
     
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    snaps (concealed especially) are key - higher end belts usually have snaps to enable easily swapping buckles in and out - something I value highly :) I am sure you can do it.




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    Will there be a VAT discount for non EU customers?
     
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    +1
     
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    Sadly not! We are VAT exempt so the price is already VAT free. Sorry!

    Charlie
     
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    Hi All,

    Just to say that as long as we don't have a very significant drop out rate Australian Nut is definitely a go but has spaces left. London Tan currently only has 3 takers and needs at least 3 more to get off the ground. London Tan fans step forward! :)

    Charlie
     
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    Great to see this wonderful leather getting some recognition here. I have used it a lot over the years along with some from Croggans of Grampound who sadly no longer exist. Although not finished to the same look of most bridle leathers it's inherant characteristics and finish make it a joy to work with. I am currently developing a range of 'heritage' belts in said material. Good luck to all, Tim Hardy
     

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