Goldshot Ron

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    saddles and tack
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    improving leather working skills
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  1. Quigley saddle bags

    Thanks for the info. Josh. You bags look really good. I'm working on a design for a pommel bag with a holster covered by the flap. I'm leaning toward using a buckled strap, but it is actually attached on one end with a button for a quick thumb release for quicker draw of the pistol. Have you seen anything like that? Ron
  2. Quigley saddle bags

    The strap running through two slots in the flap appears to be a hold over from cavalry bags. The leather that was used in cavalry bags wasn't a heavy veg tanned leather, and the straps over the flap gave it some support. To replace the straps when a horse chews them requires sewing, so I think riveted straps are easier to replace. Also Josh, is your bag with the gun have a pouch on the gun side, or is it just a holster covered by the flap? Ron
  3. Union vs. Cylinder Arm?

    This machine is good for heavier leather, 10 oz. plus. But is hard to adjust for lighter leather, and requires more attention to use. (Second above comments). Leather Machine makes a good machine for less money and is easier to use. There was a Cobra for sale in San Pedro a while back, check used machines on this site for information. Ron
  4. Adjusting the Landis Lap Skiver

    Did you ever figure out your lap skiver adjustments? I just picked up a Landis 30 lap skiver, and I'm trying to figure out how to adjust it to skive the edges of chap leather to make my horn wraps. Also, the blade was sharpened on both sides instead of one side like most splitters. Is there a correct way, or is it up to one's preference? Ron
  5. Barge Cement

    I usually use rubber cement for lining belts and straps, this avoids the sticky mess of contact cement. But, for my contact cement I put some in a plastic water bottle with a good lid and I use a piece of wool shearling to spread it. I find this better and cleaner than using a brush and a can. Once the glue sets and the leather pieces are set, I use a piece of rubber crape sole (just a scrap piece of the old opaque rubber sole off of a shoe) to rub off the excess glue along the edges and any string pieces. A shoe repairman gave me this tip years ago, along with the piece of rubber. I've used the same piece for over 10 years. Ron
  6. latest roughout

    Saddle looks good. What are some of the specs.? Tree maker, type of leather, etc.. Are you entering this into the Pendleton Leather Show saddle contest?
  7. John, Re-fleecing a saddle is always a worry for me. People don't realize that the fleece raises the saddle higher than what they are use to, and it has to be broken in again. Was the original fleece real or artificial? What type of rigging is on the saddle? I believe this all has a role to play in how things fit after repairs. I did a saddle for a gal a while back, and she complained that her blankets kept squirting out the back and wouldn't stay in place. I re-fleeced the saddle, and this time I reversed the direction of the fleece and made sure that she knew it. I had even showed her several articles written by experienced saddle makers on how they position the fleece on the skirts. (As you know, every maker has a different opinion.) I let her tell me which direction she wanted. I put on the new fleece at my expense, and never heard from her again. Don't know if she was ever satisfied, but sometimes you can do just so much. It's all a learning experience, and I figure that in another 50 or so years, I might be half way there. Ron
  8. Looking for a Pulling Breast Collar pattern

    I see that Springfield Leather has a pattern pack for collars. It shows a dee style and solid fixed over the shoulder designs. These pattern packs are a start; then you can adjust from there. Ron
  9. Latest Saddle

    Looks good Randy. You must have been working overtime on it. It seems like you were just stamping the rigging plates. Your basket weave looks good. And, since you are entering it in a contest, I won't critique anything. However, one suggestion, buy a Jeremiah Watt cantle binding edger to trim under the roll. Its worth the money and eliminates some frustration when finishing the Cheyenne rolls. Good luck in the contest. Ron
  10. Who makes/made this stamp?

    It looks like a stamp by Wayne Jueshke out of Nevada.
  11. Roping Saddle

    Joel, Missed reading your comments, and seeing your work. Haven't met anyone in the local area who does saddle work any more; but, I'll put the word out on your draw down stand. If you have any good stamps (King, Bob Beard or Hackbarth) I'd be interested. Sorry to hear you downsizing the shop. Ron PS...Randy, I agree with the other guys, dye your edges; even the chestnut skirting. You don't have to wait too long after dying to the edges. When the edge is still damp (from the dye), rubbing the edge with your cloth will quickly give you a shiny edge. Just make sure that you are not rubbing it into the undyed area.
  12. Oak Leaf Pattern

    Randy, I applaud your attempt here. It sounds funny, but filling a blank space like you are considering, allows you to practice your tooling. At the same time adding an artistic touch to your work. Now to the acorns, the empty shell adds flavor to the work. However, the sample you showed does look like an old innertube. Just draw 3 acorns, and erase the nut, then make a cut where the shell would be on the back side of the nut. One other consideration would be to make your leaves slightly larger so that they cover the convergence of the stems. This allows the viewer to use their imagination as to how the design flows. I've added a doodle that kinda shows what I'm suggesting. Ron
  13. Removing the horn from a saddle... is it possible?

    Big Horn Saddlery makes a good endurance saddle with a western look; and, there is a maker called Stonewall Saddles (located in So. California) that make a nice endurance saddle at a reasonable price. Stonewall Saddles is more likely to design a saddle specially for you. You mentioned cable rigging; I believe Freckers saddlery (in Idaho?) can make you a cable rigged saddle without a horn. However, cable rigged trees are only made by two brothers: one is called LaPorte saddle trees (out of Cheyenne, Wy.) and the other is LiteRide or Chicago Stockyard Saddle Trees. Both makers use composite trees and can install the cable when the tree is made. I personally have used a Big Horn endurance saddle for over 30 years. It has worked well with Arabs, Appys, and Walkers. It's cheap enough for you to take it to a saddle maker and have him/her to do any custom modifications you'd like, and a shop in Canada is more than likely to carry this brand. I would recommend staying away from flex-style trees. Ron
  14. First ever bag!

    Looks really good. I don't see a flaw. Your stitching looks great. Did you use a pricking iron or diamond awl? I make quite a few rounds for horse gear, and your rounded handles look excellent. I've only installed one zipper in the past, and it was a pain. Your's looks professional. Did you design the pattern for the bag? That's a talent in itself. Kudos. Ron
  15. Roping Saddle

    Looks good Randy. I thought Howard Council was a saddle maker, what is unique with this type of tree? I see a lot of improvements in your work, and it looks like you have a good feeling for what you are doing. I do have a few comments or questions: the rope strap looks awkward, the placement of the front rosettes are a little low on the jockey, your horn edge could be rubbed out more, and (I say this because I took a hit in a contest on this) your wool needs to be trimmed better to give a nicer appearance. Your stitching looks really good, and the stamping of the skirts and jockeys look uniform, and blend in quite well with the Carlos Meander border. If you haven't ordered Cary Schwarz' Cantle Binding DVD, I highly recommend doing so. It'll help improve your Cheyenne Rolls, not saying yours is bad, but I bet you are still sweating the task. Look forward to see saddle number 6. Ron