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    Saddles, cowboy gear
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  1. Bissonette edgers

    I have a sharpener that I got from Japanese Woodworkers. It works like a champ, but you have to be careful to not open the holes out
  2. source for 2 ring binder hardware

    I just go to Staples and buy the ones that are already made up, then I tear them apart and re-build them. Don't have a Hobby Lobby here.
  3. I am not ignoring you.  I have shipped off all of my residual fleece, but will have more when I do my next saddle.  That might not be until the first of April, but I will be glad to send you some then. Please be patient, and I'll have you first on the list for the next batch.



    1. bikermutt07


      That's quite all right. I have some. Just not a mess of it. I kind of figured you had forgotten. But no worries, and thanks.

  4. site chat

    Doubt I'll be able tyo get in for quite some time. Lost a foal last night and getting set for a three week trip. no time to lag, then off to aREAL branding -- two weeks out. Branding every morning and gathering every afternoon, Slows down the leather work, but WTF? Chat when I can.
  5. Shearling

    ... and use Nitril gloves when applying dyes so your hands don't come out the same color as what you're dyeing.
  6. Shearling

    It's the fleece. "wool" is the fuzzy part,, "fleece" includes the skin.
  7. Shearling

    I have sent boxes of the stuff from Arizona to Tennessee to Canada. How much do you want and what size do you need?
  8. Saddle Patterns

    I use a mid-weight clear plastic for my saddle patterns -- and I don't throw any away. The stuff I buy comes with a peel-off lining that you can trace onto if you want, then peel it off when done - or just leave it on. These are flexible and impervious to weather and water. Problem becomes when you lay them down, if you don't put a piece of duck tape or similar on it, you can lose it easily. Plastic comes in a 4 x 8' sheet.
  9. Tooling Detail Guidance Needed

    If this is to be used as a logo, maybe you'd think of investing in a die with all appropriate cuttings already laid out. That way you could simply bevel where necessary, and could save lots of time and repetition. If it's not, the go back to the original for locations of hair and other details, and get a modeling tool. IMHO.
  10. site chat

    Hey Guys, Been out of town and am trying to catch up. May be in the room later tonight. If not, tomorrow for certain Cowboy Dick
  11. Season 4 in my saddle

    You couldn't offend me if you tried, so no worries here. And you are correct. Team roping is an entirely different discussion. I'm talking about branding and open country work -- NOT arena "work". No controlled environment and you do what needs doing. It would be interesting to note just how those three saddles "failed". I'd guess the rigging was pulled out, which suggests in-skirt rigging or lightweight Dee rigging. I prefer flat plate rigging, which I'd bet is what your saddle had. Enlighten me, please.
  12. Season 4 in my saddle

    Well, I haven't been around as long as you guys seem to have been, but I'll throw in my opinion -- not that you asked for it. My first saddle weighed nearly 60 pounds. Being new to the riding world, I thought that was just the way it was. Then I started looking around at some of the whys and wherefores, and then reached my own conclusions. I don't ride all day every day, but there are many days that I have spent all day ( more than 8 hours) in the saddle. And I've had to lug my own saddle around to different parts of the country (and Mexico), so when I made my saddle (as opposed to trail saddles for little old blue-haired ladies) I studied up on what needs to be stout and what doesn't. The saddle I ride now weighs just over 34 pounds. It has seen seven good years of work, including roping my share of about 3,000 calves per year. It was made stout, for all day work, and as light as I could get away with. As you can see, my manhood isn't tied up in hauling (or making my horse haul) a saddle that's primary virtue is how much it weighs. Naturally I take care of my gear and I watch for cracks, rips, tears, and loos stitches. That said, my saddle was painstakingly made to exactly what I wanted -- full custom, so I could get away with some things that you never could in a production model. I like the weight, the sturdiness, and would compare mine to anyone's for wear per workload placed on it. Just my humble input.
  13. Bull Rider Rodeo Chaps

    You can get away with a strap that heavy in front IF you make the connection between the yoke and the front belt weak enough to break away when the wreck occurs. I make mine with no heavier than 1/2 x 7 oz leather and light weight attachment point - just like Dwight said.
  14. site chat

    Busy, busy here. Will be in for a bit this evening.
  15. Wade Tree Help

    I have made several saddles on Wade trees by Bowden. They have all been perfect in every way. All are symmetrical and well-made. You can't beat it for the price. I have used other makers as well, but found that I was just paying more for no discernible inccrease in quality.