Tanned in Colyton, Devon since 1862

The Baker family bought the tannery over 150 years ago and J. & F.J. Baker & Co. Ltd. remains a family business to this day.

"The tannery are the only remaining oak bark tannery in Britain. Oak bark tannage is a long, gentle process that protects the natural fibres of the hide unlike modern tanning methods."

- J&FJ Baker & Co Ltd

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Process

"The best local hides are chosen, and are treated in a sustainable process using natural products. It takes 14 months to produce each piece of leather! Expert curriers finish the leather by hand with their own special blend of natural oils and greases that protect and feed the leather whilst simultaneously emphasising the natural grain and colour. The result is leather that is unrivalled hardwearing, strong and with distinctive colours."

Tradition

"The Devonshire site of J. & F.J. Baker has been a tannery since the Roman times. The site has grown and developed and expanded over centuries and with it the oak bark production techniques, perfecting the art of tanning.

The current Managing Director, Mr. Andrew Parr, is the fifth generation to carry on the historic, traditional methods unique to our tannery. Learning the traditional methods exclusive in our leather production takes a lifetime."