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    english saddle making instructor

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Round Knife

    I have a video on how to use it I also think I have one on how to sharpen it. Type into google uksaddlery then go to videos you should find my videos there. I cant post a link because I am on my phone typing this
  6. Cutting leather lace- using a strap cutter

    That is an accident waiting to happen
  7. Hi from Suffolk UK

    Welcome to leather. I like the way you have set about making some of your own tools all my tools are Dixons I have had them well over 25 years. I have taught all over the world and seen some great examples of homemade tools. Saddle flocking irons made out of bamboo and copper pipe. Knives made out of coke cans. One of the best knifes I seen was made out of a brick bolster chisel. Even better was watching the guy use it. He used it as I would my round knife. It shows that with a little thought and imagination we can do many things
  8. To groove or not?

    I tend to put a groove in the leather, where there is a lot of wear. In a saddle I would do it on the flap. The leg is moving back and forth wearing the stitch out... As to weakening the leather. I doubt it will weaken it enough to matter. After all we thin the leather out when we are turning it. We do this when making belts to help the leather fold. You will not get a nice slopping stitch in a small groove. However a straight stitch will look nice if done correct. I would never use dividers to mark leather because they can scratch. I much prefer to use a single crease or a screw crease. When the leather is getting flattened . Then that is wear. If it is doing that then you would be better putting that groove in
  9. Saddle making course. We have added another saddle making course in October The 2nd to the 14th. Our July course filled out fast. We added a extra course in August. Again this one has filled up. ... Because we have been asked for other dates. We have now added, 2nd to the 14th of October Please message me if you would like to attend this course. Or email This course is aimed at those with some experience with stitching and leather tools. You will make either a 17.5" GP saddle or a 17.5" dressage saddle This course will incorporate building a seat on a wood spring tree casing and running up a flock panel. Making a pair of flaps with a knee pad hand molding knee blocks And pattern making. At the end of this course you get to take your saddle home.
  10. Yes wet it. Then leave to dry
  11. Saddle course in europe

    I do saddle making course. I am not near my computer at the moment. I think I have one space left on the August course. My web page is @MY63 Michael it's good to here feed back on my videos and great to here the have been a benefit. Thanks
  12. Strange my videos are open for everyone. Yes it is just my nephew using 2 pieces of leather to make the bleed knot bracelet. Your browband is made in a similar way. It is 3 pieces made up in the same way as his bracelet. The only difference is when doing the bleed knot holes on your leather, You have to leave a gap for one end to loop through. Then start your bleed knot holes again. Each of your 3 pieces of leather is made up 2 pieces of leather. In total 6 pieces
  13. English Saddlery School

    I am no where near been a side saddle expert. Laura Dempsey would be the person for that. I have won several awards for saddle making. The side saddle is the one I am most happy with. The reason for this is that I have never made a side saddle till I made the competition one. In the competition , You can win a first, second or third prize. If your work is above standard you may win a premium award. They don't hand out premium awards easy. Why I like this side saddle one is having never made one before. I won a premium award.
  14. This is not how to make the entire thing. This is my nephew making a bracelet that has some of the bleed knot in your browband. I hope it helps part of the way