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    english saddles, bridlework and harness
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  1. It was in the Express and Star on the 14th of February 2017
  2. Just got back after picking up my new toy - a BUSM no.6 with treadle, tomorrow I get to find space in my workshop and put it back together then play. I once said I was going to everything by hand, now I have 2 no.6's , 2 45k's , a skiver, powered splitter (as well as several hand splitters) , now I need to enlarge the workshop as no space to work everything !
  3. Looks like Walsall Leather Museum has been saved for the moment and will stay where it is which is great news.
  4. I would recommend , based in Scotland.
  5. To add further to the confusion names many vary within a country or even within a town.
  6. In the UK I would have thought that leather workers would have used what was available locally , ie linen thread . I must admit that I have never thought of machining with it but then again my first thought is always hand stitching. Last year I had been looking for a good weight of silk thread for doing some wallets but struggled to find what I wanted and then got side tracked back to the harness. Most leather workers are creatures of habit and following tradition - .me included but I did a course with Val Micheal at Tetbury and she uses silk threads.
  7. Heavy horse harness, I'm using 6 cord linen thread.
  8. Silk is naturally very strong for its weight. I do know that silk thread is used on some high quality light goods, ie wallets, purses and some bags so I guess that it's use would depend on the thread you have and what you want to use it for. I have used it a few times but most of my work is too heavy for silk. Hope this helps
  9. You can get the length by using rein or harness back ie shoulder and butt together, the strongest bit is down the backbone but you will need to watch the shoulder end as it will be lighter in weight and more stretchy. I managed to get a rolled dog lead to over 97" once all hand stitched from a rein back.
  10. I have one too but needs a treadle. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone.
  11. Hi Hendreforgan, thank you for the heads up, I have just signed up as I trained in Walsall and have regularly visited the museum in fact the first belt I ever made was on a day course with Val Micheal at the museum.
  12. I have used Abbey a lot over the last 15 years with few problems and their online ordering works well, Bakers I tend to ring and then have a day out to collect and select it myself. Sedgewicks will deal in large amounts direct but usually sell through Abbey. Have also had leather from Metropolitan, Grade and Clayton with no problems but in my mind Bakers is the best. . There is also Midgley in Somerset.
  13. Have you tried Abbey England, talk to them as they may have something apart from the catalogue. Is it just the bridle type of buckle as I would use either the wire buckles or west end for the larger widths
  14. There probably aren't many patterns out there but to get the size put a rope halter on and position it where you want then stick tape on the length of the nose and the head strap then make an allowance for the rings ,ie use the radius of the ring not diameter. If doing the rolled halter then add enough leather to the ends of the nose so it will fold around the ring and allow about 1 inch for stitching and another inch feathered down to nothing to tuck in the start of the rounding, repeat at other end. The width would depend on the size of the animal so for a cow 1 inch or more but for a calf proportionally narrower. On the head strap do this to the ends of the strap (work it out on paper) then add around 2 1/2" to the allow for the buckle return and feed into the rounding after deciding the position of the buckle, for the point strap add 2" +the space you want the holes to be apart eg 3/4" between holes add 11/2" to give you the centre hole, if measured accurately can reduce to 3 holes to shorten the point end but this can limit the animals it can be used on. I assume from the style it is a dairy heifer as this style is not strong enough for beef animals. I hope this helps.
  15. Sounds like you want to French bind it but that can be difficult to go round some corners , it is easier with thin bindings but these are less durable. To help with your actual project I would agree photos would be helpful.