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  1. Hamley Daisy Stamp Spacing

    Look for plastic rug runner material that has the little dimples on the back side. They are available in different spacings. Place as desired on cased leather and rub. The slight marks give you a pattern to follow without unwanted lines.
  2. Stamping Saddle Questions

    Just might add that things like rigging plates, etc that are multilayered, stamping after assembly `can eliminate some aassembly problems that can come from stretching. And if you stamp skirts after plugging, plugs will be more firmly anchored, but try to cut skirts from parts where plugs wont be necessary as I for one dont think plugs are a good thing
  3. It is a little Wonder tree with a 5/8 single plate rig. It was most likely made in Denver in the company's later years and sold by a travelling salesman to some Georgia boy. It is amazing that it has held up so well in the high humidity environment of the Southeast.
  4. RR Track Anvil

    This is not first hand, I'm just repeating stories I have heard: I got this RR rail anvil in 1963 in Alpine, Texas. This was the site of a recently closed machine shop for the SF Railway. The RR machinists, in order to test and tune the tools that they used (ie giant lathes and drill presses) would make these things for their own use and give them to friends. Back in the day, lots of cowboys carried them around to shape horse shoes with. The old original Big Bend Saddlery had 3 or 4 of them laying around and I still have this one (55 yrs later). As has been said: if I had a dollar (or even a dime) for every rivet that has been set on it or shoe shaped, I could buy a new diesel pickup and put fuel in it for a long time.
  5. Help needed with weaver draw gauge.

    I guess that there are "tricks" that I am not even aware of but I have successfully used a draw gauge for over 50 years. I think that pulling slightly into the leather is a big part of the trick after the adjustments mentioned by Weaver. For me, the wood/razor blade thingys are useless junk?
  6. Wade Tree Help

    Check out a PRCA spec bronc saddle closely and note that stirrup leathers go under the front pads of the tree to be locked forward, as previously noted, not comfy for prolonged use and not very horse friendly. Stirrup slots underneath must stop where they do to leave some weight distribution area. Everything about rigging placement, ground seat design, etc that can be said has been said; that said trees are like saddles, cheap is not necessarily good.
  7. Western Saddle Fit DVD

    I'm probably going to ignite a firestorm here but in my 50+ years associated with saddles and horses,( I'm a saddlemaker and saddle user), i've developed a sore spot about "saddle fitting" To be sure, I much preferred that my customers know, not just believe but actually know, something about trees and riggings and equine anatomy but fundamental was that a decent saddle should outlast a few decent horses so "groups" of horses and "groups" of trees should be the emphasis, not exact, microscopic adjustment to the tune of a specific partner. Once a decision is made, individual accommodations can be achieved with padding, rigging adjustment, etc. IOW, if the expectation from a SF exercise is that exact fit of every horse for the rest of our time, the bar needs to be set at a more realistic height.
  8. Stitch looks good. Only improvement would be for the slight period of time when needle was brand new
  9. Horn Books

    What was the text? Could some of them been early hymnals?
  10. High Desert Winter Day

    If you do this again, make it easy on yourself and only make two loops on the vertical run on the double diamond. I have thrown a lot of these useful hitches and never with more than two loops, usually only one. Not actually knowing how it is most often thrown, you did an absolutely amazing job figuring out how to picture the hitch and the top pack. Kudos for everything.
  11. rex riveter vs Little Wonder

    It's all about picking the right size rivet for the work
  12. Looking for anvil/steel plate

    Three and used to be four required for me. The best and most all around is a piece of railroad rail with a horn turned on a big lathe. Small one from Harbor Freight and modified shoe last holder. #4 was horseshoer's anvil also made from railroad rail. Got too old to shoe horses and sold it along with other tools to a young buck just getting started.
  13. Saddle soap question

    I had to cut down on the lard to cure that ill, also melting the lard at pretty high temps seemed to help
  14. Who makes/made this stamp?

    BK makes custom tools, they aren't cheap but they are good and I haven't looked lately but Clay Miller had a good selection
  15. Who makes/made this stamp?

    Maybe Jeremiah Watt or someone slightly modifying a JW design to make the tool useful in circle based applications rather than straight lines as are the JW offerings??