Josh Ashman

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  1. Bridle ready to go

    Thanks Randy! Also a great tip! All the best, Josh
  2. Bridle ready to go

    Thanks Grey!
  3. Finished up this bridle this morning. It's doubled HO strap and I should have stopped the liner short of the buckle on the cheek pieces, or at least skived them down. I ran them full and by the time it was all put together it's pretty chunky. I don't foresee it being an issue, just something to do better on the next one. Have a great Friday folks! Josh
  4. I'd missed commenting on these when you first posted them DakotaWolf, but they do look really nice. Good job! Josh
  5. Roping Saddle

    That's a great looking saddle Randy, nice job! This might not be much of a "tip", but for burnishing edges I use a piece of cordura nylon. I bought a yard or so from Weaver years ago and cut it into about 6" to 8" squares. Anyway, if the edges have been wetted down it seems to slick it up quicker than canvas or old denim. After slicking them with the cordura I'll re-wet them and rub them with a block of glycerin saddle soap then hit them with the cordura again. It sounds like a long process to type it out but it goes pretty fast. Anyway, that works pretty well for me, I'm not sure what your process is, maybe it's even better ! Edges are definitely something that always seem to take too much time and mine are nothing special for sure. The saddle itself looks well balanced and appealing to me. The tooling is nicely done! I'm curious how that rope strap set up will work with a rope on it, seems like it will want to place the rope between your thigh and the swell if you have it very snug. Of course, if it's what the customer wanted I'd have done it that way too. All the best! If the weather lady here was right this morning it looks like you all will be getting some rain the next few days. Hopefully you do and then it makes it way up here! Josh
  6. Buckaroo Breast Collar

    Thanks Randy! I think the side pieces would be a little too long if it were hooked up to the dees. My paint gelding in the pictures is pretty small, around 14.5 hands (he's young and still growing) but even on a 16 hand good sized horse I think they'd be a little too long. I put a little curve to their shape and I think that it's slight enough that they would fit fine if they were just 3 or 4 inches shorter. All the best!
  7. Recently finished up. Doubled HO veg tan for the main body, bridle leather for the straps and JWP hardware. It's a new pattern so I was happy to see that it fit well. All the best, Josh
  8. The Cimarron Thunderer is a single action identical to a SAA with the exception of the grip, which is shaped like the double action Colt Thunderer. A holster made to fit a Colt SAA or clone will work fine for the Cimarron Thunderer. The Colt Thunderer is an altogether different pistol. Good luck with your holster Oldnslow!
  9. Re doing my first saddle

    Skirting is generally sold by the side, which is what you'd want. Yes, the fenders and jockeys would be cut out of the same leather and you should be able to get them from one side. Where the pieces are cut from the hide is critically important. Pick up the books John mentioned above and they will give you a bunch of insight on where to cut what and things to look for and think about when cutting saddle parts.
  10. Re doing my first saddle

    I agree with what John has noted above and will only add that drywall screws are also a good choice. I use galv box nails and blue tacks to some degree, but the drywall screws are handy and easy to get back out when needed. Ol toot also mentioned them a while back and he has much more experience than I do. Good luck!
  11. If it were me I'd use 11/13 oz skirting leather. If you bought a full side you'd have plenty of leather to replace both stirrup leathers and both fenders. You could also buy pre-cut leathers and fenders if you didn't feel up to cutting them. I wouldn't replace just the one side and I wouldn't reuse the stirrup leather on the side you did replace. I'm not sure that you couldn't replace the saddle for the amount of money you'll put into repairing what you have, but if it's an exercise in learning there wouldn't be a point in that. If you make your own, ensure that once you rivet the bottom of the leather and fender together at whatever buckle you use that you fold them where they will go over stirrup itself before you rivet the top of the fender to the leathers. If you make them flat then the fender will be too tight when it goes around the stirrup. Good luck with your project. Josh
  12. I make the slots 1/8" wider than my flattened paper pattern on each side, so 1/4" wider overall. And I make my paper pattern with the top center of the pistol laid on a fold line then "rolled" to one side and the edge of the holster 3/4" from the edge of the pistol.
  13. Thanks Fred! I rolled through some old pictures and found a few more examples. Here is one that is a little more "period correct". It's a single layer with a laced mainseam. Here is one that is lined. As you can see the skirt and loop edges are all sewn. It's been a while since I built this one, but as I recall it was a real PITA to get stuffed through the loop. It didn't help that it was super short and I had the cartridge belt loop so tight. You can build them however you like.
  14. I've made many of this type of holster from a single piece of leather. I generally use 10/11, but 9/10 wouldn't be noticeably different. The pros and cons versus a lined holster with a comparable total thickness are minimal in my opinion. Basically it just comes down to personal preference. Although it is probably fair to say that a veg tan lined holster would be a little more work and would be considered to be better due to the smooth leather against the gun and being more rigid. If you're using good quality leather these will be somewhat minimal as the flesh side will already be fairly smooth and at 10 oz it'll be plenty rigid whether it's one layer or two. Most of the old holsters I've seen are single layer but not all of them. One of mine for reference. Good luck on your project. Josh
  15. Good looking holster Bobby! Out of curiosity, do you end the liner before you make the loops in the skirt? Semper Fi