ABOUT OLI COLLARS™
artist behind Oli Collars® is Luis Goncalves, who lives
sunny Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada. Luis has a wife and
newborn daughter, a Cane Corso and a Bullmastiff. Luis is the
Director and Owner of Turtle Tanks Septic Systems, operations,
British Columbia and has interests in real estate and farming.
He immigrated from Portugal when he was very young and came from
an old school upbringing. His grandmother at the age of 94 still
puts him in his place. Luis has always been artistic and creative and is a a
self taught master leather craftsman. He has chosen collar making as
his avenue for self-expression. Luis got started making collars
because there was never more than just basic spiked collars
to choose from at the local pet stores. Since he always owned
strong athletic dogs he wanted something more in a collar that
just could not be found except in museums and private auctions
selling for $$$$. Thus his interest in making fine leather
collars began. Luis appreciated the history of the collars. He
not only wants to create his own legacy, but also wants to bring
back and keep alive some of the traditional methods of Master
collar making using fine leather and various metals.
Collar History / Why I make Collars
By Luis goncalves
"Back in the
old country, dogs were used for a variety of tasks,
guardianship, hunting, security, livestock management, and
protection, amongst many others. Living in rural areas,
sometimes land owners would makeshift a protective collar
for their dogs using brass, iron, steel, copper, and
leather. These were often quite wide for complete protection
of the dog's neck against flock predators, or for big game
hunts. Buckles were rarely used, instead any suitable
locking device that would fit on the collar would be
utilized. The most popular methods of keeping the collar on
was by using a padlock."
When coming up with a design, it could take me up to
40 hours to finally create a
collar. I dedicate a
lot of my free time to this passion, and it is a
labor of love, without question. To finally see the
end result of my work on a great dog, is priceless
to me. Along the way if I pick up a few fans of my
work, then it makes it even sweeter. I accept the
negative with the positive remarks, and it makes me
better at what I do. My designs will not suit every
dog owner, and not everyone will like my pieces or
understand why I make them, but that's why they are
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