Brown Oak Bark Leather Belt

The Oak Bark Leather Belt is a substantial traditional belt made from heavy hide about 5mm thick, the type used by harness and bridle makers. This tough yet supple hide is made in the old way and has a strong smell of leather.
  • Hand-stitched 5mm oak bark tanned leather
  • Sand-cast buckles made in a West Midlands foundry
  • Solid brass rivets and tough braided thread
  • Belt width 1.25”, 1.5” and 1.75". Other widths available to order
  • Free Personalisation
  • Buckles in brass, nickel-plated brass or solid nickel
  • Tub of Tanner Bates Hide Food with every belt
  • Individual Serial number
  • Free Shipping

Seconds and Shop Soiled Stock

We have built up a collection and are selling at the reduced price of £75. Phone to see if we have your size - Note that these belts are sold without serial number and presentation packaging - Call on 01803 847810 or email letting us know your size measured as in the diagram below.

Please note Seconds do not have a serial number, associated packaging or a personalisation option

For an accurate fit please see our size guide below.

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Belt Width
Belt Size

Collections: All Products, Belts

Type: Belt

Finding your size

Measure an existing belt as shown in the diagram below.



To get the right size measure an existing belt from the point where the leather meets the buckle to the most regularly used hole. This is the measured size.
If this information is not available tell us the trouser size

Each belt has 5 holes 1” (2.5cm) apart. Your supplied measurement will be to the centre one of the five.

Brown Oak Bark Tanned Leather Belt by Tanner Bates
Oak Bark Tanner Leather Belt by Tanner Bates

Hand-made in Devon

We make these belts in our leather workshop in rural South Devon using leather from a local tannery, the last of its kind in Europe.

The buckles are cast in sand in a foundry in Walsall, West Midlands.

The belts are made enitirely by hand from cutting the strap from the hide to the shaping of the point which we make using a traditional saddlers round knife.

Uniquely Crafted

The leather has a full grain finish which means that every blemish or scar on the cows skin will be present on the finished hide and apparent on the finished product. The hides are dyed by hand at the tannery with an aniline dye. This process allows the grain and all the individual markings on the cows skin to show through. The dye is absorbed into the hide in an irregular way so giving a unique appearance to every belt. No two are the same.
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Natural leather needs feeding from time to time (more often in a dry hot environment). Apply a lavish dose of Tanner Bates Hide Food every 6 months to ensure long and supple service. A complimentary tub of Hide Food is supplied with every belt.

Our buckles are hand-made for us by a foundry in Walsall, UK. We fasten them with a combination of solid brass rivets and hand stitching. You can choose from solid brass, nickel plated brass (shiny silver appearance) or solid nickel. The solid nickel is a subtle blend of the two. Not as yellow as brass or as shiny silver as the nickel plate. Currently, the Solid Nickel option is not available in 1.75" widths.

"I received my belts this morning many thanks such speedy delivery. Please let me say that you have created a beautiful product the smell of this leather is nothing like I have smelt before.... now I have 2 beautiful unique bespoke belts that will last me I should imagine the rest of my days" G.L.

"...great quality, nicely packaged and presented, just what I  have been looking for some considerable time, resolved now I have found your site. Perfect!" J.G.


Oak Bark Tanned Leather Belt by Tanner Bates

Free Personalisation

Personalisation is included at no extra cost. We use traditional bookbinders brass type (24pt Gill Sans) embossed on the reverse of the belt (hidden on the inside). We emboss with heat similar to a branding process so that the text of your message has a dark matt appearance.

Please note that we position our own logo on the inside so that the upright letters are to the left of the buckle. Personalisation will follow the same orientation. Choose up to 12 characters or spaces, upper or lower case.

Serial Number

Tanner Bates Oak bark leather belts are special. Gradually the tanneries that make this leather have disappeared until now there is only one left in Europe. As for the buckles, we have been able to find only one foundry in this country using the traditional sand casting process. Because there is a chance that these belts could become history we number each one and keep a log of the purchase.

Love your Leather

Our leather is ethically and sustainably processed. The tannery uses a mixture of tree barks to transform the animal hides to leather. This is an ancient tradition which yields the familiar leather smell. Natural oils evaporate over time and need replenishing. Your leather benefits from and will look its very best if given an occasional dose of natural waxes and oils. Our Leather care information card is included with every purchase.

Whats the difference between the Oak Bark Leather Belt and the Oak Bark Dartington Belt?


Oak Bark Leather Belt

Oak Bark Dartington Belt





Oak Bark Tanned 4.5mm

Oak Bark Tanned 4.5mm


Solid brass sand cast in Walsall West Midlands

Solid brass imported


Hand stitched and solid brass rivets

Brass plated rivets


Made to measure with 5 holes

S, M, L, XL with 7 holes

Making method

Hand cut holes and point

Pressed on machine


Hand-dyed, home-made recipe with shellac and beeswax

Hand-dyed, proprietary spirit edge dye


Ownership recorded with serial number

No recording


Free option

Free option


Drawstring bag with free Hide Food

Drawstring bag with free Hide Food


"The belt arrived I was delighted with the quality and finish. It was everything I hoped it would be. Will last me longer than a life time because I'm going to be buried in it.."

Mike Swanton

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