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    english saddle making instructor

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  1. UK Tannery - Leather Fair 30th - 31st March

    What at thickness of buffalo do you have and what price?
  2. Braided dog leashes

    I think I have a couple of videos showing braided dog leashes. On you tube. Search for uksaddlery. I’m on my phone so can’t post a link to them sorry
  3. Sewing with a Single Needle

    All my tools are Dixon’s I think abbey saddlery bought the name and are making them
  4. Leather suppliers in the UK

    Andrew midgley and sons marcus gear abbey saddlery the English leather company
  5. Free Pdf Book On English Saddle Making

    The shields book is a bit old. Things like a set seat we no longer do. I’m old enough to remember doing them. It is still not bad for some things and worth downloading i have some old videos of me doing parts of the seat. On you tube. That might help Type in uksaddlery
  6. Identify These Tools!

    This wont let me upload anymore pictures. I will try describe. Your third picture ,,,,,,,,,,The rod on top has pointy ends. Tool below it is made of plastic. Brush is hard. ...... The plastic thing is a bone folder. The thing with the wooden handle is a skirt shave or also called a French shave. I think I have a video showing you how to use and sharpen. Look on youtube for UKSaddlery The thing with the sponge is for dipping in stain and staining edges. The last thing looks like a hacksaw blade. Ih it is . I use them to make blades for my clicker knife Your next two pictures titled flat and standing. These are the tools used to set your dura dots. pop studs and your 2 part rivets
  7. Identify These Tools!

    Parts 1 , 2 , 3, and 4 are pop studs or dura dots These are used as closer on things like jackets, wallets bags etc. You will have used these many times . Parts 5 and 6 are two part rivets. This is a rivet to hold things together. The brass things are used on tarpaulins and sails I have never used them. Someone else on this will tell you better than I can.
  8. Not burnishing belt edges!

    That is the way we do it in the top companies . Like E.Jeffries We don't spent forever rubbing edges. This can lead to over handling the leather. I made my own belt years ago and the edges are still as smooth as the day I made it. The way we do things in factories here are evolved from hundreds of years . With the input from thousands of workers over these years
  9. Finishing English Bridal Belt Edges

    Ok I see why you are sanding. In my younger years we use to just stain then glue water then rub with a rubbing stick hard we found tallow did the job much faster
  10. Finishing English Bridal Belt Edges

    Sounds as if you are using to much glue I put about a teaspoon into an inch of water in a jar. I normally dip my fingers in and if they feel a little sticky then that is enough i don't understand why you need to sand your edges I use a plough gauge to cut my edges bridle makers in the trade mak hundreds of straps a week They never have to sand. Ejeffries have a good video online showing inside their factory you can see the speed we work at in the trade
  11. Finishing English Bridal Belt Edges

    Thanks Matt the rough and ready is a good description. When I go into my workshop I take my camera with me. If I get time I do a video . I never plan what I am going to do and never really know what to video until I turn the camera on I relie on my good luck and experience I also don't edit. I believe if I mess up you wills get to see how I overcome that. I don't like the 10 minutes intros that people do. I just want to do the video and get home to my coffee as to the hide glue smelling. Hell yes it goes of fast so only make what you need. We use the tallow and glue method in the big companies because it works tallow you can get on eBay or from abbey saddlery
  12. I buy my English saddle leather from a company in Walsall England. They use normal cheap cooking oil mixed with tallow fat in the making of their leather. I would say their leather is almost as good as Sedgwicks. We made and sold this in our shop for 20 years and never had any problems. In the saddlery trade many saddlers add a little soap to the water when blocking their seats. It helps get water into the leather to make it softer for stretching over the seat