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    english saddle making instructor

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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Cutting leather lace- using a strap cutter

    That is an accident waiting to happen
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. Yes wet it. Then leave to dry