Bakers tannery is the last Oak bark tannery in Britain, tanning and producing some of the world best leather. The family have been tanning leather in the same location since Roman time but have been tanning leather with oak barks for well over 150 years Since 1862. These traditional techniques have been passed down one generation to the next, the techniques use at the tannery today are the same as they did in 1862. This way of tanning leather makes the hides extremely strong and hard-wearing.
Tanning leather using Oak is a long and skilful process, the aim of this process is to protects and keep the natural fibres found in leather.
The hides that are used are soured from local farmers of beef and cattle. The raw hide arrives at the tannery hair on and salted to preserve. The tanning process that follows takes up to 14 months to turn raw hide into leather. Hide are de-haired, cut into sections and then place into tanning pits containing a concentrated solution of oak bark and spring water. Each hide is exposed to these natural and sustainable material throughout this 14-month period. Having little to no effect on the environment. Fluid is pumped back into the river, hides are then stained by hand, cured with oils and grease. This is how you get the natural grain. The leather I use have scarring, stretch marks and other natural characterises.