Pigeon Tree Crafting
Founder: Isaac Paul
Ah belts. Belts are what got me into the world of leather. I was researching online for a new belt because of department store one had yet again, died and it was a rabbit hole! I learned about the kinds of leathers, leather tanning, leathercrafting, and so on. The first item my eyes (and fingers) gravitate towards upon stumbling upon a new leather shop is, you guessed it, belts.
Pigeon Tree Crafting
I forgot how I came across Pigeon Tree Crafting, but it was probably due to Isaac's presence on Instagram. Isaac loves denim and leather, as do I. What's neat about his shop is that many of his handmade goods use indigo dye... The same stuff on the jeans you are wearing! So leather + indigo dye= awesome products!
Yes, I have a boot addiction. Anyways, the belt's quick release buckle really helps keep the most used hole from damage. Add to that the tear drop shape of the holes, which are designed to make the buckle lie flat, and there is not much strain put on the leather. Having said that, the belt is made of vegetable tanned, full-grain leather and definitely feels like a solid strap so even without those (awesome) features, this belt would last! Some of Isaac's other belts are made with the famous Sedgwick Bridle Leather and look just as beautiful. If you are a fan of raw denim and quality leather goods, check out Pigeon Tree Crafting!
Horse & Oak Leather
Originally, the color of the belt I ordered from Andrew was Horween #8 Burgundy. However, he was out of that color :(. Andrew graciously offered a refund or a percentage off of a different color belt. That was awesome and I never say no to belts so I ordered a brown one instead. Great customer service!
While Andrew's belt has the same kind of buckle and similar hardware as Isaac's (both brass, PTC uses custom rivets and H&O has Chicago screws), the leather used for this belt is Horween's Horsehide, which compared to Isaac's bovine, veg. tanned leather, is vastly different (break down of leathers). For starters, it is much thinner, but that does not mean it's weak because it holds up a good pair of denim, pockets full and everything, just fine. *Update: Andrew reached out to me and told me that the leather used for this belt comes from Horse Butt Strips that are tanned for 45 days with the infamous Shell Cordovan before being separated. Interesting stuff!
The belt has such a smooth finish to it and feels soft. I haven't owned any horsehide items prior to this belt but it is unique in its own way compared to cowhide. One difference that isn't the greatest (initially) is that it does wrinkle quite easily at first. I did talk to Andrew about it and he said that as I continue to wear it, the wrinkles will change and help develop a nice patina. Horsehide is used in many leather jackets as well and wrinkling is just part of the breaking in period. Personally, it has grown on me and I can't wait to see it change overtime. Plus it feels cool to run your hand over it (I'm weird).
This belt goes so well with all my other brown leather accessories and shoes. In fact, it is perfect match for my Brown Thursday President Boots! I am interested to see how this belt changes and holds up overtime compared to my cowhide belts. Be sure to check out Horse & Oak Leather!
Good to Know:
For me, I sized in at 38" for PTC and 35" for H&O based on their respective measurement techniques. While my indigo belt is longer, both fit just fine and both methods of measurement seem pretty accurate.
More great American Leathercrafters have been found! Here's to many, many more! #findingcrafters
For my full list of leathercrafters so far click here. I literally find new ones almost everyday!