Hello, and welcome to Tyger Forge.
I am a veterinarian by vocation, but my avocation is metal craft. In the studio, I only use traditional hand tools to forge creations from original designs. Handmade belt buckles are the mainstays.
Metal coated sculptures and paintings round out the influence of the environment on my art.
This body of work emphasizes function, performance, shape, and the natural colors of nonferrous metals. In other words, it is just plain, simple, functional, strong, handsome and economical garb.
I strive for uniformity, but no two hand crafted subjects can be exactly the same.
While I keep a small stock of finished buckles on hand, and there are always some buckles in the salt marsh air incubator, it can take up to 8 weeks for me get your buckle made and sent to you USPS tracked and insured.
All the best,
Hand Cut Fish on Cartridge Brass $49
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 has been aged in sulfur-rich salt marsh air, and handbuffed 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, $35
Electropainted steel with satin clear coat $25
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Casual Sport Belt - cartridge brass, nickel silver, & solid leather
For casual occasions, this hand crafted buckle cannot be beat. Solid cartridge brass is married with either a hand cut nickel silver or copper figure, and can be partnered with a solid leather belt. Buckle is 2.25 inch diameter, belt 1.5 inch wide.
These pure metals have been aged in sulfur-rich salt marsh air to develp natural colors, then they are hand buffed with a turpentine and beeswax paste.
I do not make these fine USA leather belts- I get them from my friend in Alabama. Remember, your belt size equals your waist size plus 2 inches.
Hand Cut Figure on Cartridge Brass, $69
Solid Leather Belt, $20
Dress Sport Belt - hand embossed or stamped pewter, cartridge brass, & solid leather
For office and dress wear, these hand embossed and hand stamped pewter buckles are strikingly classic. I make my own stamps from drill rod. And by the way, I use my grandfather's hammer to do the muscle part of the stamping.
The piece of hand embossed pewter is soldered to the same solid cartridge brass and nickel silver findings that I use in the Casual Sport Buckle above. Thiis buckle also can be partnered with a solid leather belt.
The buckle is 2.25 inch diameter, belt 1.5 inch wide.
Hand buffed with a turpentine and beeswax paste.
Remember, your belt size equals your waist size plus 2 inches.
Hand Embossed or Stamped Pewter, $119
Solid Leather Belt, $20
Hand Cut Pheasant and Quail on Cartridge Brass $59