Worcestershire Leather Company Blog

Tim Hardy's Story - 11/02/2014
Tim Hardy has been making best quality English leather goods for 30 years when having qualified at the famous Cordwainers College in London in 1983, he started his business from a small wooden shed in his parents’ back garden. Several changes over the years have resulted in The Worcestershire Leather Company which is the culmination three decades of work and is found here featuring his exclusive collection of bridle leather belts, wallets and luxury goods. Beautiful top quality handmade Engli..
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The Worcestershire Leather New Year Prize Draw
How to Enter The Worcestershire Leather Company New Year 2014 Prize Draw So here it is Merry Facebook followers – your chance to enter our PRIZE DRAW is here at last!! Now that we have more than exceeded the 200 page likes we wanted, follow the 3 simple steps below and you could win £100 worth of our handmade leather goods from the ‘Benchmark’ bridle leather belt range and/or Wallets and Gifts range. In order to be in it and a chance to win it, you need to do 3 simple things; In order to..
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The Art of Hand Stitching Part 2
Harness and Bridle makers, Case makers and Leather goods craftsmen such as those found in my workshop and similar ones the world over, tend to use one particular style of hand stitching which we know as ‘Double hand’ stitching although there are occasions when single hand sewing is the preferred choice. This second part of my article will attempt to explain why, when, where and how we go about it with examples from our collection and work from yesteryear. Why do we hand stitch. Why do we h..
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How to Order the Correct Belt Size
How to order the correct size leather belt seems to cause people unnecessary problems and results in my being asked the same question half a dozen times a week at least. Thanks to more than twenty years of solving this dilemma for my customers, I felt it worth sharing the solution with those of you facing such a decision or anyone who might be interested. Taking a leather belt you use regularly, thread it through your preferred or current favourite trousers/denims. This will get around the pr..
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The Art of Hand Stitching
Hand stitching is a traditional skill that still has a very important place in 21st Century manufacture; Bespoke suits, Saddlery, Shoemaking, Glove Making, Harness and Bridle work, Leather Goods, Curtains and Soft furnishings, are some of many more everyday goods and apparel. At the Worcestershire Leather Company, Tim Hardy and his craftsmen use hand stitching on all of our Bridle leather belts, Drinks Cases, Cartridge Cases, Luggage, Handbags and Shooting Accessories simply because it provides ..
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A Brief History of Leather Tanning - Part 1
Early man probably discovered tanning of leather by accident it is thought, when finding animal skins that had been lying in pools full of rotting leaves and bark (from Oak trees most likely),they were found to have ‘cured’ and stopped putrefying. Once in this stable state he was able to soften the hides using fats and oils rubbed in to the skins and make use of them for clothing, footwear, weapons and weather proofing. With the passage of time, man became more sophisticated in his methods an..
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Vintage Fishing Reel Cases Reborn
Original Farlows of Pall Mall Fishing Reel Case circa 1920-1930's Traditional Fishing is practiced by a large number of passionate enthusiasts with great attention to detail, both in the way they fish and the equipment they use. Hours and hours of searching lead them to acquire tackle from bygone days which was all painstakingly made by hand to exacting specifications determined by the customers and their designated quarry be they game fish such as Salmon,Trout and Grayling (the Lady of t..
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Worcestershire Leather Colour Guide
History Behind Leather Colour by The Worcestershire Leather Company Best English Bridle Leather butts from J. & E. Sedgwick & Co are the mainstay of all the products from the Worcestershire Leather Company and the processes used to make this beautiful and very durable leather have changed little over the centuries. English Tanneries supply pre-tanned skins to Sedgwicks where they undergo a variety of processes to turn them into the World’s leading equestrian leather. This wil..
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