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. Steele Tree Pricing

    All the good stuff is half a continent away from me. I'd really like to know what that crupper stuffer brings. Actually, I'd like it to be in my shop!
  2. Looking for a Pulling Breast Collar pattern

    I think the poster is asking about a breastcollar for saddle horses that has become popular in the states in the last few years. It is very much like the old style martingales, except it attaches to the fork of the saddle by way of two straps that loop around the fork. At the ends of the breastcollar where normally there would be dee rings for attachment to the saddle, there is instead a buckle on each side, and that buckle attaches to the straps that are looped around the fork of the saddle.
  3. What type of hook is this?

    Hook studs, Weaver has had them in the past, but I just looked through their catalog and I don't see them now. May have discontinued due to lack of demand? Edit: I just did a google search and Zack White has them.
  4. Latigo won't stop bleeding

    This makes me smile, because I have a border collie lying at my feet as I eat my breakfast and peruse the internet. She loves water (to a fault) and is a go-getter, especially around the livestock. She belongs to my grown son, but comes to stay at "Nana's" house for extended periods of time, as they live in town and border collies need some farm life. She is a great companion, and I'm not even a dog person!
  5. Clicker die needed

    I recommend Texas Custom Dies. They are good, fast and pretty reasonable. Most places have a minimum die charge, meaning no matter how small or simple, you will pay their minimum. Regardless if your end product is a giveaway or not, everyone needs to get paid for their services:-) You just have to think of your end product as an advertising cost if you are giving them away. Incidentally, my key fob die is nearly identical to your drawing, but I don't want to sell it. Sometimes I'll give a key fob away to a good customer or prospective customer, but I take a bunch with when I go to a show, stamped with various 3-d stamps, and people do buy them. When my kids were upper grade school and middle school age, they would click them out on the manual press and stamp them. It was pretty cheap labor (free if you don't consider the costs of having kids) and gave them a job with a purpose and great times together with me in the shop.
  6. Landis Splitter - leather catching on knife

    There is no fixing the splitter. I'll give you $200 for it and you can double your money and still have the Champion.
  7. Historically correct Western chaps

    You won't be disappointed! "Packing Iron" is another one I should have mentioned if you do any reproductions of gun leather. I can look at those two books for hours!
  8. Historically correct Western chaps

    The absolutely best resource that I know of for pictures of original cowboy gear is the book titled "Cowboys and The Trappings of the Old West". I don't know if it is still in print but it has hundreds of pictures of all cowboy gear including chaps, saddles, and gun leather.
  9. Maintenance/ Reliability in General of Leather Sewing machines

    I agree with what has been said so far. There is enough of a learning curve with learning to sew leather on a machine without adding machine issues to the mix. Like Wiz, I have only bought one of my machines brand new, and it is also a Cowboy 4500. I've had a few issues, nothing that I couldn't work out myself with a little thought and trial and error, BUT I also have 25 yrs of experience sewing, maintaining and troubleshooting these heavy stitchers. I am far from being a mechanic, but I am more mechanical than an average woman. My very first machine was an American Straight Needle. It was endless frustration. I got lucky with the next machine I bought, a Landis One, and it did everything I needed it to do, and did it well, for years. I picked up a couple more Landis One's through the years, but wanted to upgrade to a "better" machine. I bought a Randall, which pulls a stitch superior to anything else in existence. But it was a finicky, fickle, temperamental machine that had some serious preexisting issues. When it was right, it was perfect, but when it was wrong, it was a nightmare. I have since acquired a Union Lock, Landis 3 and 16, a Ferdinand Bull, the Cowboy 4500, and a couple lighter machines. Of all of them, the Cowboy has caused the least amount of downtime, with the exception of the Landis 1's. The Cowboy is more versatile however and will sew things you can't sew on a 1. I don't feel that you could go wrong with buying any one of the new 441 clones from a US dealer.
  10. working in latigo

    Generally speaking, latigo is NOT a refined leather. English bridle leather may be a better choice for fine personal leather goods.
  11. Safety beveler vs a spokeshave

    Come to think of it, all the skivers I've had that worked were black, and none were CSO. While those tools may be great for some things, they won't work for scraping ground seats in saddles.
  12. Lining Leather

    The liners for the halters aren't quite as critical. Typically people don't turn their horses out with award halters on, and they take the halters off to work their horses, so sweat resistance isn't as much of an issue. You can make a lot better use of small acrap with halters than with the breastcollars. I'm fairly picky about the breastcollar liners, no wrinkly, flanky stuff, and even if I don't split it, I run it backwards through my splitter to firm it up and take the stretch out. I MIGHT get two sets of liners out of a belly. I have even used some scraps of English bridle to line the halters with, and don't see why it wouldn't work for breastcollars either if that's what you'd happen to have on hand.
  13. Lining Leather

    Yes, I have lined many breastcollars with russet harness in the last year. It should hold up well and be fairly sweat resistant, more so than just regular strap/tooling leather. The harness leather is easier to get a nice finished edge on than latigo. I use 9/11 HO Russet for the bodies, and generally cut the liners from the belly and split them down just a hair.
  14. Tell me about knots

    Although I sew my skirts on a machine, I would do no different if sewing them by hand. I start on the top line of the skirts where it will be hidden from sight and not likely to unravel from wear. I just sew all the way around and sew over the first 3 or so stitches when I end. No knot needed, and I have never ever had any come un-sewed. To thread your needles, put the thread through the eye, then run the needle through the thread a couple times and pull. Sounds harder than it is. Get Al Stohlman's book on how to hand sew leather. It will serve you well. There are also stitching horse plans in there. My brother made me one over 25 years ago and I still prefer it over the original ones that I have since accumulated.
  15. What are fancy bellies good for?

    Yeah, why is it that they expect our scrap to be free to them??! Now I tell them that if I can click a saddle button out of it, it isn't scrap. And what IS scrap, goes in the wood stove in the winter, trash in the summer. A couple weeks ago, I had two pallets full of cattle lick tubs, which were full of old junk harness parts, worn out stirrup leathers, "scrap", and other garbage. Several people couldn't believe I was throwing away what appeared to them to be "lots of good leather". One guy actually took a tub full of worn out stirrup leathers. I offered him more, and he would have taken it, but his truck box was full by that time. Less to haul to the dump!