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  1. Jonathan, British leather or British made - That there is a can of worms. The trade descriptions act 1968 states that: "36 Country of origin. (1)For the purposes of this Act goods shall be deemed to have been manufactured or produced in the country in which they last underwent a treatment or process resulting in a substantial change. (2)The Board of Trade may by order specify— (a)in relation to any description of goods, what treatment or process is to be regarded for the purposes of this section as resulting or not resulting in a substantial change; (b)in relation to any description of goods different parts of which were manufactured or produced in different countries, or of goods assembled in a country different from that in which their parts were manufactured or produced, in which of those countries the goods are to be regarded for the purposes of this Act as having been manufactured or produced." could depend if tanning and/or currying is seen as making the most substantial change. Taking leather and making it into a watch strap must be a significant change so the straps would be 'made in Britain' and the leathergoods be from British suppliers or sources. probably best to speak to someone professional in trading standards. Hope my input produces more light than heat. Gary
  2. Neatsfoot is made from extracting the fats/oils/gelatine and so on from cows' feet only and the elements are, presumably, in historically accepted proportions. AFAIK, tallow is made from refining suet (the fat from around the kidneys) of cows and sheep. If a whole cow was boiled down there would be all the other fats and in, presumably, different proportions from just the feet.
  3. Sorry this list isn't exhaustive but I was a bit short of time and only managed to look at the first page of internet search results for 'UK leather supplier'. aa crack metropolitan sedgewick abbey artisan leather pittards le prevo j wood neumann a w midgeley ebay amazon
  4. I was wondering if you had any contact details for this chap please? Gary
  5. Thought these two links may reduce the likelihood of repetition for more recent members. And nostalgia for others.
  6. Try http://www.leprevo.co.uk/fittings.htm for the decorative plates. In the UK but I don't know where you are located.
  7. Damien, check your mail. Gary
  8. Just had a quick look through this again and thought I'd better clarify, The English Leather Company does have a 300 sq ft/colour minimum for their English Bridle (quote and their emphasis) Hides & Thicknesses Butts/Bends: 2.0 – 2.2mm / 3.25 - 3.5mm / 3.75 - 4.0mm Sides: 1.8 - 2.0mm / 2.0 – 2.2mm / 2.5 - 3.0mm Shoulders: 2.0 – 2.2mm / 3.2 - 3.5mm 5ft Bridle Butts: 3.5 – 4.0mm Stirrup Butts: 4.5 – 5.0mm MINIMUM ORDER QUANTITY: 300 SQ. FT. PER COLOUR (unquote) Here's the link http://www.theenglishleather.com/english-bridle I just thought, as you said you were new and just dabbling, that you would probably be more interested in these cuts than 22 sq ft minimum of 2 sides of bridle butt. Sorry if I wasn't clear enough.
  9. Crack is good http://www.aacrack.co.uk/horween-derby-nut-brown-20-22.html http://www.aacrack.co.uk/horween-derby-sides-natural-16-18.html http://www.aacrack.co.uk/horween-derby-english-tan-20-22.html http://www.aacrack.co.uk/horween-derby-dhf-natual-16-18.html
  10. I have heard that Marcus Gear (http://www.marcusgear.co.uk/) splits leather. I haven't tried them yet but another Brit may dive in. There's also AA Crack (http://www.aacrack.co.uk/) who have a good selection but it may not necessarily be sourced in England. Gary
  11. You might want to try Abbey. http://abbeyengland.com/Store/CategoryID/375/Level/a/catpagesize/0 They have a mixture of stuff, some of which may help you. I don't know of any specific supplier in mainland Europe but someone from there may chime in. A good time for you to get stuff from the UK as the pound currently looks like Bob Cratchit's take home pay after stoppages.
  12. Ditto. Well said, Zigzag. Tholek, I just had a look at your site - quite a lot of ill-informed misinformation.
  13. http://leatherworker.net/forum/topic/73091-uk-suppliers/#comment-479086 Try this link. It should take you to a fairly recent post that has a few answers. The original post is 'UK Suppliers' on 2 Dec.
  14. I hope Metropolitan works out for you. I have never used them, it was Hendreforgan who recommended them. I had a look at their site and I may give them a try as well.
  15. No pun intended I presume.