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CLASSIC NATURAL OAK SELECT 1.5 Limited Edition Leather Belt

The Right  Place at The Right Time….

This week, November 2021 at the Hermann Oak Tannery, I gave away some of my wife’s week old, fresh, Tree House holiday IPAs to get my hands on just 5 crown choice steer hides of this, once a year, autumn tannery single batch run.  As the story goes… the first lone drum load was produced a long time ago by accident. As early fall temperatures ushered in a subtle changes to the conditions in the seeping pool rooms deep in the tannery. The master tanners of the time missed the overnight climate swings,  thus failed to accommodate for this variable. As a result a deeper, pale, and  more rigid hide was produced and then vanished in the subsequent batches, not able to be fully replicated again until….the next Autumn. As legend had it, and originally coined, “ghost in the oak swamp” due to the event coinciding late October and  Halloween most years. Evidently these bark tannin chemists were left quite baffled.  A few years later, a savvy master tanner Stayed through the night and  caught on to what was subtly happening after everyone left the tannery. The annual feedback on this unique harness leather from customers added legend to their already popular and strong harness leather’s growing reputation. Today, one single customary drum load is produced late September-early October every year. 
    And there you have it, the Legend of the Single Batch Select. Having just picked up these beauties, the 21 Step Process has not begun.  We wanted to show a model image and well as the spectacular clear undyed & natural color variations of these finished Classic Natural Oak Selects.     

    This last month, I was lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time and for the first time, these sides were offered for sale to us and 5 sides will produce a limited run of 10 leather belts per size.
    The 2021 CLASSIC NATURAL OAK SELECT Limited single run leather belt features a leather made from steer hides and a heavy double drum tallow process that gets run only once a year and gets allocated to VIPs and platinum accounts.  My trip to the tannery coincided with the release of this amazing heavy leather batch and we were able to buy 5 sides of an amazing rare and natural beauty.  The same classic brown color variations that make up our natural American harness beauty are present with darker, pale tones and a truly firmer core. That alone sets it truly apart from any harness leather made in the world. With only 10 belts cut in each size, get your Hermann Oak Limited Edition Natural Oak Select for a gorgeous saddle leather belt, all built to last a lifetime. 

Orders are scheduled will be cut & filled in time for the 2021 holiday season. 

Belt Size
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DESCRIPTION

The CLASSIC NATURAL OAK SELECT leather belt is cut from limited edition hot stuffed harness leather tanned at Hermann Oak Tannery in St. Louis, Missouri. This is a 4th Generation Tannery that uses the roots and bark of trees and other to cure their leather hides naturally. Due to no dyes being used as colorant additives in this leather, the oils, tallow’s, and waxes cause color shifting. The wax and tallow compounds that makes this leather so durable and water repellent, gives it this coloration. Customers need to understand that the Classic Natural's color is not consistently even. Our previous customers that have chosen this heavy, thick, and durable belt don't ever seem to mind, in fact, we think they love it more. If it doesn't meet approval send it back unworn for 100% of your money back.

The primary use of this leather is for saddlery. Dirt, sweat, salt, and horse drool were hard on ordinary leather so a strong, weather resistant, vegetable tanned leather was invented for the horseman’s reins. This process has changed little in 140 years. Each hide still needs to be steeped for over a month in giant pools of bark and root extracts. Then, the hides are added to giant wooden drums loaded with beef tallow, waxes, and shin bone oils. With heat and centrifugal force, “hot stuffed” harness leather was born when the rotating drums finished the job. That was over a hundred years ago and not very much has changed in the process.

The un-dyed leather has color variations that make it a natural American beauty that is often copied, but never duplicated. We want our customers to understand that it can be returned if it does not meet your satisfaction. That is how Shep Hermann runs his tannery and that is how sure we are about this leather.

The CLASSIC NATURAL is part of our brown belt, and men's belt collections. All of our leather belts are handmade in the USA.

FEATURES

  • 13oz. Premium Harness Leather
  • One Piece Construction
  • 8 Close Hole Design spaced at (5/8" / 15.5mm)
  • Close to the Buckle Loop Placements
  • Stainless Steel or Solid Brass Tumbled Roller Buckle
  • 20 Year Guarantee
  • Made in the USA

**We age our Brass in house to create a true patina. If shiny is your preference, please specify in the notes section.**

SPECS

Name: CLASSIC NATURAL OAK SELECT
Model: 412
Leather: Natural Harness
Thickness: .20 in / 5 mm (thickness of 3 stacked quarters)
Width(s):

1.5" / 38mm

Temper: Extra Firm
Buckle: Tumbled Roller
Attachment: USA Black Oxide Brass Chicago Screw
Stitch: None

SIZING

To ensure a perfect fit, grab a Ruler or Tape Measure and one of the belts you currently own and follow our easy sizing guide instructions.

  1. Lay your belt out.
  2. Using a ruler or tape measure, start measuring from the buckle fold (Fig. 1) to the hole you are currently using.
  3. If you are between sizes, round up to the nearest inch.

Order That Size!

Ex: 37" Inches = 37" Inch Belt Size

Find Your Belt Size

Please measure your belt! Don't assume your size.

IT'S THAT SIMPLE!

If you can't measure right now, add 3 inches to your waist/jean size and go ahead and ORDER NOW. We will follow-up with an email to confirm your size.

PRODUCTION

  • Fast Stock 1-2 weeks

SHIPPING

  • Free Domestic Shipping and Returns
  • Please Contact Us For Expedited Delivery

HISTORY

Wearing natural leather can have the ability of connecting us to our environment in ways we may not understand. For man, the process of tanning leather with roots and bark from trees goes back to the cave. Thousands of years of evolution physically join man and leather to nature and survival.

CARE

Owning a naturally tanned leather belt is both a privilege and a luxury. After 2 years, condition your leather belt with 2 light coats of 100% pure lanolin, Neatsfoot oil or any other fossil fuel free, high quality conditioner. If ever dirty, clean only with saddle soap. Remember, when it's dry reapply.


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