Welcome to Tyger Forge. 

I am a veterinarian by vocation, but my avocation is metal smithery. In the studio, hand tools are used to forge original designs into wearable art.

Recycled materials are used in making these buckles. Ferrous and non-ferrous metals, fossil, bone, oyster/pheasant/quail egg shell, Southern bald cypress, stone, and glass are re-purposed into belt buckles. Metals are laboratory assayed to guarantee purity.

The emphasis is on form, function, and the material's natural colors. One can say that I simply make handsome, strong, and economical garb for men and women to wear in the field, on the water, at the office, or anywhere in-between. I strive for uniformity, however, each buckle is unique as no two hand crafted objects can ever be exactly the same.

All the best,
Field & Stream Sport Belt - solid brass buckle & performance fiber strap
Handsome, comfortable, and strong, this cartridge brass buckle will not rust and comes with a 1.5 inch wide, 52 inch long tightly woven ballistic nylon strap.

The
GatorGrip© buckle design locks the buckle on the strap. Unlike slide-bar buckles, this buckle will not loosen, and there will be no need to adjust this belt during an active day afield, or on the water. Photos in the gallery illustrate this.

I cut each figure from either pewter, silver, nickel, bronze, or copper, and solder it to the brass. The natural color of pure metal is the result of aging in sulfur-rich salt marsh air. After washing and drying, each buckle is hand buffed with a turpentine and beeswax paste.

The more you wear this belt, the more your buckle will develop it own unique character. This will be your favorite belt.  Click on photo to enlarge.
Solid Cartridge Brass
Tyger Forge Field & Stream Sport Belts, Fishes
Tyger Forge Field & Stream Sport Belts, Pheasant and Quail
Goodwin 05 TF brighter
Tyger Forge Plain Sport Belts
Tyger Forge Gator-Grip Photo Illustration
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Casual Sport Belt - cartridge brass, nickel, copper
Solid cartridge brass is married to either a hand cut nickel silver, red brass, or copper figure. After aging the metals in sulfur-rich salt marsh air to develp natural colors, each buckle is washed, dried, and hand buffed with a turpentine and beeswax paste.

The 2.25 inch diameter buckle can be partnered with any belt up to
1.5 inchs wide.

Remember: your belt size equals your waist size plus 2 inches.
Hand Cut Figure on Cartridge Brass
Solid Leather Belt
(vegetable tanned)
Tyger Forge Casual Belts, Fishes
Tyger Forge Casual Belts, Pheasant and Quail
Goodwin 04 TF brighter
Dress Sport Belt - hand embossed, stamped, or molten pewter on brass
For office and dress wear, these hand made pewter buckles are striking classics. I make my own stamps from drill rod, and I use my grandfather's hammer to do the muscle part of the stamping.

The pewter is soldered to solid cartridge brass that is outfitted on the back with nickel loop and peg. The 2.25 inch diameter buckle can be partnered with any belt up to 1.5 inchs wide.

Aged in salt marsh air, and and buffed with a turpentine and beeswax paste.

Remember: your belt size equals your waist size plus 2 inches.
Hand Embossed, Stamped,
and Molten Pewter Buckle
Solid Leather Belt
(vegetable tanned)
Tyger Forge Dress Sport Belt, Fish including Grand Slam
Tyger Forge Dress Sport Belts, Pheasant Quail Turkey
Tyger Forge Dress Sport Belts, Deer Set
Goodwin 01 TF brighter
Goodwin 02 TF brighter
Goodwin 03 TF brighter
Hand Cut Animal Figure on Cartridge Brass