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    english saddle making instructor

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  1. @Skipndance Yes I do my one to one between courses or after my last course in July. I have a couple of one to one courses booked for later in the year. Let me know what is good for you. I would not do 5 or 6 weeks all at once. It is good for me. However I think it is better for you if you do them over time. This will give you a chance to practice on your own then come back for a tidy up. My website is and my email is
  2. @retiredranger I have tried Jameson/Bushmills/Daniels and Glenfiddich. I am from Glasgow I really can't see me drinking something called Knobs Creek. I can just imagine the stick my friends would give me. Even if you never do a saddle making course you should visit Scotland. It has great history and scenery. Just be careful of the wild haggis
  3. @Diyer A saddle maker does not have to be a saddle fitter. Most saddle makers have never been near a horse. I am a Master saddler and a qualified saddle fitter. Most saddle makers are on the board making 5 or 6 saddles a week, They can not do both jobs. You said if someone makes a saddle it would only be useful for exhibition. This is not true. The saddle makers on the board make saddles to a pattern . Over the years there have been millions of saddles made this way and have fitted horses. In saddle making there are many styles of trees and panels used. This gives us many opportunities as a saddle fitter to find a saddle that fits. There is not one saddle that fits every horse. If you are planning to make saddles and fit them I agree you have to train to be a saddle fitter. It will be the bad saddle fitter that will hurt the horse not the saddle maker. You quoted Andy Foster as saying tree makers Could not put fittings on square. Andy went bankrupt years ago. Since this time he went out of business there have been many changes to tree making. They now have standards that have to be met. When I started making saddles the saddle maker had to dress the tree. This is making it level by rasping the wood slightly to get it level. These days I rarely have to dress a tree. I still look to make sure there are no problems I do this with my other materials like leather etc just in case. Andy was a very good saddle maker and like all saddles they fitted some horses. Yes they where wide trees this meant that they could only fit some horses. A lot of bigger companies make wider saddles and use the same tree that Andy used. They also used other shapes of trees to create there different models. They use different shape trees and panels to help the fitter find a saddle to fit. Lumpy flocking. It is recommended that the flocking is completely renewed every year to two years. because it can become hard or lumpy. Rubber panels are very limited in how they can be adjusted . Horses change shape and you can do that very easy with flocking. You would never regulated flocking in a leather panel This is a old term used for serge panels or if you have been making saddles for as long as I have we used to regulate seats. A leather panel can easily have the flock adjusted or topped up. This is not far of the term regulated. And when you learn to hold the saddle and use the tools it is not a hard job to do. Serge panels are still used today by some companies.
  4. Solar It is cheaper to buy the water of life by the bottle. ....Billybopp. There is no bad whisky's they just made some better than others. I am not sure how much you can bring back duty free.. I would have drank it before I got back.. Lourdes water ...Yuk who drinks water?
  5. Hey fiveways and Thor thanks for the kind words.... @retiredranger My course in July is full. I have another person asking for another date if you message me we can set something up.. It is cheaper for you to fly to Scotland than do a course in the USA. I charge £1200 for 12 days We cover a lot in that time Hotels here are about 500 / 600 for 12 days I'm sure they can be got cheaper and dearer. The exchange rate really helps you at the moment. Email me at or message me on facebook Geo Dunoon if you want more info.
  6. Use a edge sealer this keeps it good
  7. It's a great all round knife @Thor
  8. The way I edge dye is ...Stain with a water based stain. Give it a light rub up....don't spend ages on it you don't need rub tallow fat on it to smooth the hairy edges. again light rub up ......Apply glue water leave to almost dry then gentle rub up to shine. The whole process should take less time to do than the time it took to type this. I have a video showing the glue water in it you can see the tallow fat etc. I hope it helps
  9. The English leather company do sell quantities of less than 300 sq ft . This is a link to their site. AW Midgley are a great company and very helpful I don't buy of either of them However I have sent students to them and have heard nice things. Midgley I dealt with years ago when I could only buy small quantities and they where great. The reason I don't buy from them is because I am able to buy direct from company's because I can order 5 or more pairs of butt at a time.
  10. Welcome to leatherworking I have been doing leather work for ever and ever. I am a English style saddle maker. I have travelled all over the world as a consultant and a teacher. I got to the age of 55 last year and decided to retire . I am still to young to retire and love leather way to much ever to give it up. So I bought a building to teach from. What I am trying to say here is I started in the leather trade just to help a friend out for a few days. And I got hooked. You will find as you get into it you will make more and more things. Then you never know you might become a Master Saddler and fly all over the world . Oh and make enough cash to retire early. That is the thing with working with leather It can be a nice hobby or a great job. I also set up a youtube channel To help people . I think I have just over 50 videos on there at the moment and will add more as time goes on. Look on you tube for uksaddlery. My favorited video is the one where I made a handbag from start to finish in 6 minutes. Enjoy your new skills, And welcome to Leather working
  11. This is another video with a type off bleed knot bracelet. This my nephew in the video. He did this video and another showing you how to make a handbag. He said he would like to make more videos. So that will becoming soon.
  12. I bought my stone years ago. It was the cheapest thing you could buy . I think it cost a pound at a car boot sale . I oiled it for ever adding oil every day . It is now a great stone. When I oiled it I had the same problem. I just left the stone soaking in it and it seamed to stop after a few days