J&FJ Baker & Co. Ltd

J&FJ Baker - Fine English Leather

C&B have recently started to use leather from J&FJ Baker and plan to incorporate it into many other new and existing products.  Here's a brief article on who they are and the qualities that encouraged us to move across to using them.

Nestled in the heart of Devon, J&FJ Baker stands as Britain's only traditional oak bark tannery, a testament to centuries of craftsmanship and sustainability. Established in 1862 and still run by the same family for six generations, this tannery has honed the art of oak bark tanning, a method dating back to Roman times. This painstaking process, taking up to 14 months, preserves the hide’s natural fibers, yielding leather of unmatched durability, quality, and finish.

J&FJ Baker’s commitment to sustainability is central to their operations. The oak bark used in their tanning process is sourced from managed woodlands, ensuring environmental responsibility. This method not only respects nature but also results in leather that is uniquely luxurious and resilient. Unlike modern, chemical-laden tanning techniques, oak bark tanning is a slow, gentle process that honors traditional methods and produces superior leather.

Their leather is highly prized by distinguished shoemakers and craftsmen worldwide. From the finest footwear to bespoke interior designs, J&FJ Baker’s leather is recognized for its exceptional quality and beauty. The tannery offers a diverse range of products, including the renowned Russian leather, meticulously crafted to meet the highest standards.

The tannery’s rich history is evident in every step of their production process. The hides are soaked in a natural oak bark solution, slowly transforming them into robust leather over several months. This age-old technique, combined with modern sustainability practices, ensures that each piece of leather is not only durable but also environmentally friendly.

J&FJ Baker’s dedication to their craft has earned them a reputation for excellence. Their leather has a distinctive character and a natural aesthetic that can’t be replicated by synthetic alternatives. This quality makes their leather a favorite among high-end shoemakers and artisans who demand the very best for their creations.

Moreover, the tannery’s commitment to heritage and sustainability is reflected in their business practices. They employ traditional methods while incorporating sustainable practices, such as using natural materials and supporting local ecosystems. This approach not only preserves the environment but also ensures that the art of oak bark tanning can be passed down to future generations.

In summary, J&FJ Baker is more than just a tannery; it’s a guardian of a time-honored craft, a beacon of sustainability, and a producer of some of the finest leather in the world. Their dedication to quality, tradition, and the environment sets them apart in the leather industry, making their products cherished by artisans and customers alike. As Britain’s last traditional oak bark tannery, J&FJ Baker embodies a legacy of excellence and a commitment to preserving the art of leather tanning for future generations.

Some of our products made with Bakers leather:


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