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About Elsa

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  • Birthday 06/29/1963

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    Knappa, OR
  • Interests
    Saddlemaking/repair - Especially circa 1800s. Love to fish, tie flies, camp, beekeeping, gardening, woodworking, riding (duh) and way too many interests to list (or remember).

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    SFCC Saddle Making school '83-'84; Jesse Smith Saddle Making School 2011
  • Interested in learning about
    Antique restoration/repair, saddle/tack making, leather braiding and horse hair hitching.
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  1. Farrow Buckles

    Thanks Bruce! I got a call back from Ron's - the gentleman is out of town until the 15th. I didn't realize they had new new owners A.R. ("After Ron") :-)
  2. Farrow Buckles

    Does anyone know of a place that carries these? I've tried getting touch with Ron's Tools but am not getting a response. Thanks! Elsa
  3. Would he be able to make edge irons??? I MUST find one. If he could make one I could start my happy dance! :-) ~Elsa
  4. Very interested in this tree! ~Elsa - Oregon Rain Saddlery Astoria, OR
  5. I, too, am looking to buy a Joseph Dixon Edge Iron. I'm including a photo from Cary's site because the only other decent photo looked like it had been bootlegged from his site anyway, and I'd rather be honest & give him credit (plus I just love his work!) Thanks in advance! ~Elsa
  6. Shop setup beyond tools

    Thanks Zuludog. :-). I have almost all my furnishings as far as desk, chairs, workbench, cutting table, a mini fridge, teapot and other essentials. My workbench is actually made out of an old upright piano. It'll be pretty sweet when I finish it. I'm just trying to figure out what would be a good list of materials like sides of leather (saddle, tooling, chap, sheerling, etc) buckles, nails, screws, and other things to start that I may not think of while focused on tools. My shop is only 21' X 9', so I may have to commandeer another space for storage. :-)
  7. I'm getting closer to having my shop set up (actual space) and have list upon list of tools, but I can't find anything on what supplies I should have on hand. I have the opportunity to submit an application for some funding by a Veterans' group and I'd like to include a list of hardware, leather, materials & stuff in addition to tools. To start I'll be repairing and rebuilding a collection of saddles, making tack, phone cases, etc.. I figured if anyone has already made a list, it'll be someone here in Leather worker.net . :-) Thanks in advance! ~Elsa
  8. I joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1981 and spent time in both the Reserves and (primarily) Active Duty. Retired in 2007 and received my 100% Service Connected VA Disability rating with "Concurrent Receipt" (I get my retirement and my disability). I'd be playing full time with leatherworking if life would just mellow out! Too many hobbies that eat (horses and Dairy Goats) - so working on cutting the numbers so I can spend time in my shop that is waiting to be completed. My son and I enjoy being part of our local Community Theater which is a year 'round thing as well. My goal is to have my shop set up and underway by this Fall.
  9. Headstall And Rein Order

  10. Elsa's "first" Saddle

    Thanks so much everyone! I haven't done much since finishing Spirit's saddle. Collecting stuff for my shop but is seems like other parts of life keep interfering with getting said shop set up. Thanks for the input Bondo Bob - The VA has already denied me Voc Rehab because I'm 100% S/C and "don't need it". I would sincerely like assistance from them to set up what they're calling my "significant hobby". I have 27 old saddles begging for rebuild and no funds on the horizon. Trying to pare down other responsibilities so I can push forward on my focus on leatherwork. Perhaps I'll contact the VVA as you suggested. I know one of the best sites for peer support for going through the nightmare of the Disability System is from HadIt.com, which is primarily Vietnam Era Vets. If I could spend several months interning under Jesse Smith I'd do it in a heartbeat. Of course, that would leave lots of time to go out and play cowgirl with Sharri too. :-) I have my GI Bill left unused, but there's not much out there for leatherwork. Jesse will always be my favorite teacher and mentor. Maybe somehow I can get the VA to help me keep my skills sharp and figure out a way to help me fund continued training with Jesse. I can dream. :-) I'd just be happy for a leg up to actually be able to get things going out of my abysmally too small "shop" (also known as the front porch - 20' X 9', but better than nothing!).
  11. Saddle Done

    Beautiful job!
  12. Who's Going To Sheridan?

    I'll be there Thursday through Sunday (perhaps earlier) and I'm both excited and terrified! This is my first time to any trade show and I have a really hard time in busy/crowded areas - especially if I don't know very many folks there. I'm picking up my machines from Cobra Steve (YEAH!), so I can't chicken out. I'd love to meet other Leatherworker.net folks and hope you'll forgive in advance for being a nervous, clueless spaz. ~ Elsa
  13. Ron's Tools?

    I know Ron "retired", but do you know anyone that may be carrying some of his tools for sale? I fell in love with them at the wrong time! His hand tools are awesome and I would love to have some, as well as his stirrup stretcher. His Farrow buckles are amazing. I'll be going to Sheridan for the big show in May and am hoping someone may have some of his stuff for sale. My budget is limited, so I was hoping to find out ahead of time. Thanks in advance for any info! Elsa
  14. Thanks dirtclod! I just got copies of the photos the VA photographer took for the entries. They look great (even with a few shadows) and I'm really excited. There are so many talented artists out there that are Vets. I am honored to be able to represent Leatherworking for my area. I would love to encourage folks to offer to volunteer to teach leatherworking classes at their local Veterans Medical Center (or through AMVETS, American Legion, VFW, Elks and so on). I'm sure there would be a great interest and am certain it would be appreciated. ~ Elsa
  15. I am so excited! My first saddle just qualified at the Local Level Portland VA Medical Center) and has been submitted for entry at the National Level of Competition in Applied Arts; Leather Carving/Tooling in the Department of Veterans Affairs Recreational Therapy 2011 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. http://www.va.gov/op...n/caf/index.asp It is wonderful to be able to participate in the Recreational Therapy Program doing Leatherwork and exciting to be able to be included in the 2011 Festival. Won't know 'til May if I will be included at the National Level, but it's nice just to participate. I just had to share this and the great programs the VA (with support through Veterans Service organizations like the American Legion) makes available to Veterans - let's hope the budget cuts don't affect much needed and appreciated therapy programs! I would like to be able to be involved in the Horses for Heroes program - http://www.narha.org...rses-for-heroes - helping Disabled Veterans through therapeutic riding programs. Helping fellow Disabled Veterans is one of my goals. Thanks! ~ Elsa Information about the Festival: (From the VA) *About the Festival* Nationwide, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities use the creative arts as one form of rehabilitative treatment to help Veterans recover from and cope with physical and emotional disabilities. Across the country each year, Veterans treated at VA facilities compete in a local creative arts competition. This competition includes more than 53 art categories that range from oil painting to leatherwork and even paint-by-number kits. In addition, there are 120 categories pertaining to all aspects of music, dance, drama and creative writing. The creative writing division is a more recent addition to the competition and includes original works in poetry, essay, short story, and personal experience writing. A national selection committee chooses first, second and third place winners among all of the entries. Select winners are then invited to attend the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival each year. In 2010, 3,625 Veterans from 123 VA facilities entered the competition nationwide, with 143 of the medal-winning Veterans earning an invitation to participate in the 2010 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, hosted by the VA Medical Center in Tomah, Wisconsin. This year the event takes place October 17-23 in Fayetteville, Arkansas hosted by the Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks. The National Veterans Creative Arts Festival is a week of learning, exploring, fellowship and celebration of the healing power of the arts. Because the gold, silver or bronze medal winners are already selected to participate in the Festival, there is no competition at the event itself; rather, it serves as a showcase for the top national winners. During the week of the event, participants may attend classes in fine, applied and craft art, all taught by local artists. As part of the Festival, Veterans also visit a variety of local attractions including art museums and galleries, as well as other sites of interest to area visitors. The Festival event culminates on Sunday, October 23, 2011, with an art exhibit featuring all first-place art entries at the Walton Arts Center, followed by a gala stage show performance. The stage show is professionally directed with live orchestral accompaniment generously provided by the Music Performance Fund. Tickets are free and actively distributed to assure a full house for the Veterans' performance. The National Veterans Creative Arts Festival is presented each year by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Help Hospitalized Veterans and the American Legion Auxiliary.