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Our signature belt, the 1.5" Oak Creek is 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 request in the notes section of your order. The chocolate version looks best with 2 rows of chocolate thread.
**We age our Brass in house to create a true patina. If shiny is your preference, please specify in the notes section.**
|Name:||The OAK CREEK
|Thickness:||.20 in / 5 mm (thickness of 3 stacked quarters)|
|Width(s):||1.5" / 38mm|
|Attachment:||USA Black Oxide Brass Chicago Screw|
|Stitch:||Parchment #277 Parachute Weight|
Ex: 37" Inches = 37" Inch Belt Size
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.
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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I got this one in my 3rd order. I love the classic look and the quality of the leather is 2nd to none.
Manny & Brenda have set the bar when it comes to producing a quality product and customer support. The workmanship, quality and attention to detail of their belts is second to none. If you have a concern as a customer, they will handle it to your complete satisfaction. I will be ordering additional belts to go with the fine Oak Creek 1.5.
That is nice of you and very thoughtful. We are all busy and you took the time for us. That shows what kind of guy you are amd we appreciate more than I can say. Happy holidays and reach out with anything at all. I was at the Hermann oak tannery about a week ago and bought 27 sides of harness leather in 2 other colors. How they make that harness is by taking their 100% in house bark tannin cured skirting and drumming or “hot stuffing” waxes, tallow, and oils into the dry skirting leather. Then they cool it at the right time and the result is a rich, plump, harness leather that no other tannery can replicate. Your harness leather is natural in color. There are 2 variations or colors of skirting that they can drum dye ripe to stuffing and they do upon request with a 40 side minimum…Sedona and Chocolate. So medium reddish brown and dark brown. Usually more expensive because of the extra step drum dyeing clear tints called aniline dye. I was able to buy 3 sides of Sedona and 4-5 sides of chocolate. Keep it on the horizon perhaps if you get in the mood for another color but keep in mind your natural WILL oxidize and darken over time. Appreciate the Nod, Manny
I have now been wearing my belt for 3 weeks and from the first day it fits perfect and looks great!! Really nice quality. My next belt order will definately be with Scottsdale Belt Co. Thank you Manny and Brenda, you run a first class business!!
Marcus, Thanks for your kind review. We work around the clock in this business that we are so passionate about. Thanks for noticing and helping us get the word out. Have a safe and wonderful holiday season. Manny was just at the tannery in St Louis that produces the harness leather for the Oak Creek belt. He found two other colors…One we have used before in Chocolate and now in a Sedona like medium reddish brown that will be new for us. Here is an image he took below if you would like to see a photo. It should arrive next week. Sincerely, Brenda
This belt is beautiful. It is heavy duty and should last me many years. It looks great with blue jeans. I docked one star because of two nitpicky things. The belt buckle has a rotating metal piece at the end of the buckle. Because it rotates it is loose and when I unbuckle the belt is rattles. That won't bother most of you but every time I move to a urinal I have to unbuckle and I don't like that the belt announces that. The other reason I docked a star may have been my fault. The inside or back of the belt is unfinished and pretty rough. I would prefer it to be finished and maybe I missed that option. Again, I love the look and quality of the belt. It is definately a good value for the money.
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