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    We are often asked why we have such a long waiting list for our bespoke handmade leather items, especially our Belts. We do understand our customers’ frustration at having to wait so long for one of our pieces.

    Each of our bespoke leather Belts are hand-crafted by us, which takes lots of time to do to a high standard. In fact it takes a whole lot more time to hand make our goods than it does for any 'Off the peg' mass produced item. We like to think that making our bespoke Belts is rather like making a tailored-made suit. Each process that is involved in the making of our Belts has its own unique time frame; from hand selecting the right leather, to cutting it, to the skiving, bevelling and slicking of the edges, to the meticulous and traditional stitching techniques we use, to the hand dyeing process, to applying the leather balms, oils and waxes, then finally to the all-important hand buffed finish we caringly give each piece we make.leather 801 belts made by beaver bushcraft for blog page

    It is because we care about each and every well practiced step as well as our close attention to detail, that sets our goods above so many others in this competitive market.

    It is because we care about what we do and what our customer think that we create all of our beautiful handmade artisan goods to such a high standard. A standard that has become synonymous with what you have come to expect from us ... and we have come to expect from ourselves.

    leather hand stitched 911 belt made by beaver bushcraft for blog pageWe put a lot of time, passion and skill into our bespoke leather belts hence the high demand for it, and the inevitable and unfortunate waiting list. We absolutely positively never rush any of our bespoke orders, for the simple reason that it might, just might compromise the overall quality of the items we are making.

    Leather belt being made on the work bench at Beaver BushcraftIt is the close attention to detail we give to our Belts that every single stitch that is made is made to the same 'Traditional' standards that were commonly used by our forebears. It is why each and every piece of hardware, brass buckle, copper rivet and button that we use is made from the very best materials, and to the very highest standards, that can be sourced.

    leather action shot of skiving of Mark in the workshop at beaver BushcraftWe tend to use either Bridle Butt or Shoulder when it comes to making our Belts. Bridle Butt is the best part of the Hide. It comes from the part of a cow skin that runs down its spine which has limited movement in  this area which means that the fibres of the skin are the tightest and strongest they can be and this area is less susceptible to stretch marks. This produces the best quality leather. As you go down the skin towards the belly, the skin becomes much thinner and is prone to stretching such as the ‘Belly’ area. The ‘Shoulder’ is the part across the Cow’s shoulder. It is slightly more supple that Butt yet it is still strong and with excellent durability. Hence why Shoulder is used so much in the making of belts.

    leather belt hand crafted at beaver bushcraftAll our belts are hand dyed using Pro Dye. We personally like hand dyeing as we believe it not only gives that unique look of a hand crafted item but it also allows the leather still to look like leather. The texture of the leather will still show though and occasionally the odd blemish. The leather shade will also have depth and character unlike pre dyed or spray on dye which tends to look plastic and flat with no character. Our belts look better the older they get, rather like a fine wine. The more they are worn, the softer they become. The after care for our belts is important too. Just like our skin, they need moisturising and nourishing. The natural oils from our hands will help to keep the belts supple but occasionally a little bit of TLC will stop the leather from drying out and cracking. A simple buff and polish with some clear wax shoe polish will keep your bespoke belt in tip top condition. leather 911 hand stitched belt in blonde by beaver bushcraft

    If you want to know more about our hand crafted bespoke belts, you can contact us via the website or click here to see what our customers have been saying about us and our goods.

     

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  2. How nature inspires us at Beaver Bushcraft

    beaver bushcraft hand dyed key rings for blogLooking around at some of the lovely autumnal colours that Mother Nature provides us, it’s easy to see where some of the influences come from when we decide on our shades for our leather work at Beaver Bushcraft. It’s the stunning natural hues that Nature creates that can be seen in some of our leather work.

    All our leather products are hand dyed by us in our work shop using natural veg tan dyes. Some of the shades we use have been inspired by the woodlands that surround us in our little part of Kent, (sometimes known as the Garden of England) such as Chestnut Brown, Hazel Brown, Mahogany, Forest Green & Berry for example. 

    beavers nature blog for websiteNatural tones & shades suit the leather and will enhance the natural texture of the leather. We have always said we like our leather to look like leather. We like the tones & patina that hand dyeing creates, rather than the flat plastic sprayed on dyes used by modern retailers. When hand dyeing, the leather tends to take on and absorb different aspects of the dye, so each leather piece will have its own little subtle character.

    Beaver hand dyeing a key ringRather like Mother Nature where no leaf will be the same, with us no shade will be exactly the same rather like our Key Rings. Each of our leather key rings is hand cut, tooled,hand dyed, balmed and buffed. Each one will be a little bit different even though the design is the same, just like Mother Nature’s autumnal leaves.

    To see our full range of hand dyed leather key rings, perfect little stocking fillers…. click here: https://www.beaverbushcraft.co.uk/ourshop/cat_1103050-ACCESSORIES-LEATHER.html