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  1. From using, repairing, making; Rawhide holds up better in all but the most humid climes but it is more demanding to work with. Once you start,you have to carry through to finish which adds a little demand in learning to sew a cantle binding, straight up or Cheyenne roll but maybe you should settle for comfort in completion for your first and try rawhide after you have sewn a cantle binding or 2.
  2. What he said with a little extra to think about. Skirt rigs require some sewing experience to get them right whereas a plate rig is pretty much straightforward and well within the capacity of any good machine. And with a good set of buck rolls you will have most of what a swell fork provides without the weight. Sonny Felkins is a great choice IMHO.
  3. Don't ever complain about being unlucky but be prepared to spend several more 80 bucks to get it going. If you go the whole route you will end up with something worth 2-3 thousand dollars. Yes there are any number of silicone based thread lubes available from places like Weaver Leather that will work in hot wax pots with the right strippers installed and run without heat. 110 motors are more than adequate for this stitcher.
  4. Fender is on the wrong side, otherwise I have nothing to add
  5. Can't tell much from pic. Better broadside would be more helpful. Some repairs show in this pic. Less repairs = greater value to collectors
  6. Without discussing the relative merits of the various approaches, here is how I have come to install ground seats over many years of trial and error. This is not anywhere near the way that I was taught by CH Werner in the 1960's, yes that's over 50 years ago. Among the many changes that I have made over the years is moving from dextrin to other kinds of adhesives and to the little skife tools in place of spokeshaves. Replacing razor blades is much easier for me than sharpening blades but overall I am happier with the results that I get. I have tested these seats in my own personal saddles over the years. See next post for details and photos.
  7. 2 cents worth: I want to register a vote against any kind of ring shanked nails. Reason being, they wreak havoc on the wood when they are removed. My mentor taught me to think about that in the basic design of things, He said that when I got it right, a basic saddle should outlive me and to always think about the guy who would be repairing the thing cause it might even be me. Along that line I have, in the last several years, begun to employ drywall screws (#6) in a lieu of tacks in many places. They are tenacious and non-destructive when removed, plus they are easy to employ with a battery powered drill/driver. I haven't stopped using tacks and various sizes of cement coated nails where appropriate but the drywall screws have replaced a lot of them. Oh yeah, #12 wood screws are still the right stuff for some final assembly steps.
  8. As for the skulls, to each his own I say but the potty mouth is pointless trash made permanent by the leather tools employed in the place of spray cans.
  9. I don't know if this will help but you don't tie the knot directly to the bosal, you first tie it loosely then partially disassemble it and then reassemble it around the bosal.
  10. In my many years of experience, I have found that it is impossible to hand stitch flat work, skirt linings, etc as good as a well adjusted, properly sized needle and awl stitcher can do. Conversely, modifying construction approaches in order to machine sew things that should be handsewn is a quality compromise that is sad if not shameful.
  11. Just FYI for UL users, I ground the closed toe off of the foot so that I could see the stitch line and like it much better, also rounded all the sharp edges on top to prevent thread damage when removing work.
  12. Using different shades is easier than trying dilution IMHO
  13. I have gotten my trees from Sonny for 40+ years, now as he has been known by various names over the years all over the country before settling on Quality Mfg. and Monticello, Utah over 20 years ago. His work has always been top notch. His wife, Helen, and the wife of his foreman, Lester Begay have been responsible for the rawhide. For many years now the trees have been so pretty that I almost hated to cover them up. He is also meticulous about the horse side of his trees being a life long owner of the wonderful beasts. He has done much destruction stress testing to fine tune designs. I have never had a reason to try anybody else. I know that there are other top notch makers out there but I'm more than happy with Quality Manufacturing. And I have received no compensation or other consideration for this endorsement, I promise.
  14. Interesting! When I was just a kid, I worked for CH Werner in Alpine, Texas who worked with Bill Jordan to develop his holster design. Bill visited the shop some on his visits to the area. He was quiet and his eyes were piercing. He had already written his book "No Second Place Winners" by then and was becoming something of a legend. I saw him hold a ping pong ball on the back of his hand, make his draw and get the gun and his hand out of the way in time for the ball to land in his empty holster. WOW!
  15. I note than no one has said anything about the many curved needle shoe machines that can be had for not a lot. True they will not handle an entire project, hand sewing will have to be employed for the ends, buckles, etc but for the long, straight, close edges they will excel with just a little practice. They would not be an only, multi tasker but would fill a void in a varied operation; but, I have a foot for my Union Lock (needle feed harness stitcher) which sews a pretty close edge. And it will handle most entire applications with just a little planning