Big Sioux Saddlery

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  • Location
    South Dakota
  • Interests
    Using and farming with Draft Horses

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Harness and Saddlery
  • Interested in learning about
    Anything that will make my job easier and faster
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  1. Saddle Rigging Hardware

    I think Borks has it. Regarding the design itself: it's a good theory, but that's a lot of metal, and it really makes for a large, rigid area under the rider's leg, and on the side of the horse.
  2. Where to find....

    I've never seen one like it, although I'd check Horseshoe Brand Hardware, because that looks like something he'd come up with. Short of that, it is probably a handmade piece, and any competent silver worker or hardware maker should be able to build one for you. It'll cost you, but certainly doesn't look like complex piece for someone who does that type of work.
  3. Am I the only one?

    Had one of those just last night. I brought some English bridle work in the house to stitch up once I had supper in the oven, then the phone rings. I HATE just sitting and doing nothing else while talking on the phone, complete and total waste of time. So I stitched while I talked listened on the phone. I was already a little grumpy from an unproductive day, the phone call made me even grumpier, then I realized after I got off the phone that I forgot to stitch the second keeper in on the cavesson. Lots of expletives then and my teenage son, who already realized that I had just had a less than stellar day, tried hard not to laugh. But at least that didn't have to go in the box.
  4. Am I the only one?

    This, right here!! Do it too much for too long and it becomes a habit that is hard to break. It's the reason that people that have never had children seem so structured and organized; they've never been pulled 27 directions at the same time.
  5. Am I the only one?

    Shoe box? There isn't a shoe box in the world big enough to hold mine. Saddle parts are usually fairly large, and take large pieces of leather; My most repeated screw-up has been swell covers. If they are stamped, it's at least a day's work putting them down and stamping them, maybe more. It makes me very sad to have to take one off and replace it because there is some little nagging mistake, but I have done it, more than once. I have a drawer and a big box for my screw-ups. Maybe a couple big boxes.
  6. Switching to W&C Harness Leather - Stamping?

    Did I miss something? Panicked and thought I got sloppy typing or something, but went back and reread my response and I'm lost. Of course, I am usually the last person to laugh at a joke, so maybe I'm just slow. Edit: Hahaha, never mind, I see it now! I never noticed that, but I told ya I was slow!
  7. Switching to W&C Harness Leather - Stamping?

    I only have experience with Wickett's black harness, but in their Traditional selection, the leather does not have much surface wax and takes a pretty good impression if cased up, and it cases up pretty easily. I haven't seen a lot of difference between their English Bridle and the Traditional Harness. They work up very similarly for me. I think either one would make beautiful padfolios. Their Show Harness has more surface wax and is a stiffer leather. Strangely enough, Hermann Oak's harness leather is easier to stamp my makers mark in without casing.
  8. Beginning Saddle Construction

    Ron Ross, Ross Saddlery, lives in Indiana, and I believe has taken students in the past. He also offers some instructional information for sale, mostly carving info I think. Ron has been around for awhile and has a lot of knowledge, not just of saddles, but leatherworking in general and machinery, etc. There may be others as well. Everyone has differing opinions on what makes for a "good saddle" or a "quality saddle". If you're a barrel racer, you won't want to learn how to build saddles from a guy that builds only rope saddles, unless he understands very well what goes into making a good barrel saddle. While there are some common ingredients between styles to make a superior product, make sure you know what qualities make a saddle a "good saddle" for the style you want to build, and/or make sure the person you learn from thoroughly understands the differences also. The methods of construction and patterns used can make the difference between you loving your saddle or hating it.
  9. WICKETT & CRAIG leather selection

    Me neither. I tend to give the "long answer". It's genetic. Actually I just meant that I THINK their tooling is split from the skirting, so in theory, we should be able to get tooling in any and every shade in which the skirting is available. Only reason I think that, is a year or two ago I needed some 7/8, and the sales rep stated that they just split down the skirting. That makes it nice when needing to match leather, for example, accessories to match someone's saddle. There is actually a color difference between HO's skirting and their tooling. And I have wondered also what exactly is the difference between their tooling, holster, and their "molding" leather that I've seen somewhere. If a person was making holsters from the different types at the same time, I wonder how noticeable of a difference there would be? That might be a thread by itself.
  10. WICKETT & CRAIG leather selection

    I was always under the assumption (possibly mistakenly) that Wickett's tooling leather is just their skirting split down to the customer's specifications. So, then all colors of their skirting SHOULD be available in all weights of tooling, in which case, let's say you wanted W & C tooling in a 5/6 oz, to closely match or mimic HO's tooling color, then you could order the Oak selection of Wickett, split down to a 5/6. (?) I think I just confused myself! I rarely buy anything under skirting weight leather, so I may not know what I'm talking about, either.
  11. WICKETT & CRAIG leather selection

    Wickett's natural skirting is very light colored. I believe their "Oak" color is the most similar to HO when worked up, but I would verify this with the salesperson when you order. To be clear, the two leathers (Wickett vs HO) are very different from each other. Both companies produce some great leathers, they just possess different characteristics that make each well-suited for different needs or preferences.

  13. That was going to be my guess.
  14. Just a little curious...

    That's the truth isn't it?!! I remember that age pretty well. Life experiences (having your ass handed to you) have a way of showing a person that they don't know quite as much as they thought they did. I'll be 52 in August, and feeling every one of those years most of the time. If I had back every dollar I've spent on "this", I could buy several!