Christopher Clarke for Black Bough handmade shell cordovan fully stitched watch strap 16mm-20mm
These straps are handmade in Shropshire by Christopher Clarke, using the finest vegetable tanned Shell Cordovan from Horween in the U.S.A. The sides of the strap, buckle and fixed ‘keep’ are all hand sewn using linen thread coated with beeswax. Chocolate brown in colour, the Cordovan has a light yet rich, hand polished sheen. A contrasting lining of Kangaroo leather is used; Kangaroo is very strong, due partly to the fibres being nearly parallel to the surface and partly caused by the harsh conditions the animals are exposed to, the skin being very low in fat which causes few voids during the tanning process, making the leather dense.
Vegetable tanning is the historic and traditional method of making the leather durable and involves steeping animal skins in a succession of pits filled with tanning liquor, this is derived from natural plant materials such as oak bark, sumac or mimosa. The process can take months or even years and leaves the leather with a slightly open texture which allows the leather to change with age, developing its own patination and suppleness. Today, only around 4% of leather worldwide is tanned in this way.
Tongue side: 120mm
Buckle side (excluding buckle) : 80mm
Straps with a lug gauge of 16mm are 5mm shorter: Tongue 115mm, Buckle 75mm
Thickness approx: 2 – 2.5mm
Buckles – Straps are parallel therefore buckle widths match the lug gauges.