The Classic Natural is a belt cut from harness leather tanned at Hermann Oak Tannery in St. Louis, Missouri. This is a 4th Generation Tannery that uses tree bark and other tannin’s to cure their natural leather. 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 compound that makes this leather so durable and water repellent, gives it a unique color, but understand, it is not consistently even.
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 undyed 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.
We had this leather made in chocolate. It has all the waxes and oils and is a true classic chocolate. If you’d prefer this version, please note in the note section of your order.
Name : The Classic – Natural
Model : 002
Leather : Natural Harness
Outside Stitch : None
Inside Stitch : None
Center Stitch : None
Buckle Attachment : Chicago Screw
Warranty : 10 Year Guarantee
Available in the following lengths:
30″ to 44″
45″ to 54″ (+$10.00)
Available in the following widths:
Wide: 1.75″ (+$10.00)
Narrow: 1.25″ (Usually ships within 2 to 4 weeks)
Standard: 1.50″ (Usually ships within 2 weeks)
Wide: 1.75″ (Usually ships within 2 to 4 weeks)
**If you need your belt sooner or by a certain date, call or email us and we will try to accommodate.**
All of our belts are handmade in the USA using a 21 step process. We use natural sides of leather that contain variations in color, texture, and grain that makes each belt unique. If you find that the belt you received does not meet your expectations, please let us know and we would be happy to exchange or refund your purchase.
Questions? Comments? Prefer to order over the phone? Call us at (602) 738-3163