Goldshot Ron

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  1. Goldshot Ron

    Landis #3 New to me!

    I'll go to the shop and try rethreading the shuttle. Sioux, the bobbin thread is clumping; like you would see on a poorly sewn backstitch. I'm using nylon bonded thread with silicon lubricant in the wax pot. My stitching looks like the "old" fox said: "...some days chicken, some days feathers". Now that you mentioned Cuba, NM; that's where the fellow lives who I bought the machine from. I know that these machines were made for linen thread, but I'm unaware of a good source. Thanks guys for the info.
  2. Goldshot Ron

    Landis #3 New to me!

    OK Sioux, I have a request....would you post photos of how you thread the bobbin? I purchased a 3 several years ago because I thought I needed one. Anyway, I was never sure if the bobbin was threated correctly. Lately, I have been having trouble on the bobbin side of the stitch. Also, where can you buy extra bobbins? I only have one. My machine"s story is that it came from King Saddlery through Sheridan Leather, via a gentleman from Northern New Mexico. Cool to have tools with such history. Thanks, Ron
  3. Goldshot Ron

    Best Books & DVDs on Saddle Making?

    I agree with all of the advice above. Adam's and Stohlman's books are a must. I still refer to each of these on a regular basis, even when repairing or modifying a saddle. The older books from the 50s and 60s are interesting to read for historical techniques, but not handy in todays construction methods. Dale Harwood's DVD is good for different techniques and opinions, but the DVD set is expensive. Cary Schwarz also has DVDs available for ground seat installation, and covering cantles. These are excellent to study after you have built a few saddles. One thing about this forum is that there are plenty of people to help you if you get stuck at a segment of construction. There is a member on here from Michigan, Bondo Bob, who might reappear to help you. Good luck.
  4. Try Herb Bork in Pendleton, Or. I haven't seen them in their catalog, but you may get lucky.
  5. Goldshot Ron

    replace rigging

    Geary, As Josh mentioned, the Stohlman Encyclopedia vol. 1 will be very helpful. If you could post some photos of the saddle rigging, you'd receive more help. There are so many techniques and styles, it is helpful to see the saddle. Ron
  6. Goldshot Ron

    Roper Wallet

    Lookin' good Ryan. Nice touch with the seeder used with the camo stamp along the edge.
  7. The Instagram example that you posted uses a lined pear shader in the pedals. You could also use a checkered shader, but the lines is more realistic. Anyway, the lines hold the dye as you can see in your decorative cuts.
  8. Goldshot Ron

    tree fit question

    Well, I'm sorry that I offended you. Your original post, and your interest quote led me to believe that you were just starting in saddle making. I tip my hat to you for trying different things. Every day I learn that I won't live long enough to achieve great things, so I shouldn't offer advice to those who may.
  9. Goldshot Ron

    tree fit question

    Neat post...didn't want to comment but your last post enters into a different subject matter. You started talking about bars, but you mentioned about the saddle raising in the back in your last post. This issue can be caused by misplacing the location of your rigging. Many roping saddle are rigged in the full position. This often creates a pivot point at the center or ahead of the front forks. When the rear flank cinch is not tight, the saddle will lift up in the rear when the horse rolls forward (lack of a better description). By positioning the rigging at 7/8ths. or 3/4 this pivot point is moved back, and the weight of the rider keeps the saddle from raising in the rear. I also agree with all of the previous comments. Weight distribution along the horses back is best achieved when the bar alignment is equal along the back. Build a few saddles before you try to be innovative.
  10. I just now received a call from a fellow that has a Cowboy 4500 for sale. He's asking $2100. I believe he said it is about 3 years old, and he's the original owner. He's in So. Cal. Ron
  11. Goldshot Ron

    Saddle Soap

    The yellow is drier or harder than the white. I use the yellow to clean saddles and tack, and a good amount of water to create a lather. I use the white when lacing. Since it is creamier than the yellow, it is easier to apply with little or no water; and, rubs into the strings with less mess. Ron
  12. Goldshot Ron

    6 month old bell knife skiving machine for sale SF Bay AREA!

    Reread, title of post...the Bay Area is too far for me to drive. Good luck on your sale.
  13. Goldshot Ron

    6 month old bell knife skiving machine for sale SF Bay AREA!

    Could you post a photo? And, where are you located in California to determine pick up costs. Thanks
  14. Goldshot Ron

    Saddle #4 - 3B Slick Fork

    Ron, The saddle looks good, and your tooling came out good. Gordon Andrus has an article in the last issue of the Leather Crafters Journal that talks about bar grounding. I think you'd benefit from reading it. I do have a couple of comments, but they are only my opinion. I would have rounded the skirts on the inside of the rigging ring to allow for easier tying off of the latigo strap. Your seat jockey could have been cut a little more forward (or fuller) to cover the front rigging rings; there appears from the photos a little misalignment between the front and rear jockeys. And, one last thought is that the center button tab maybe a little too high on the cantle. For a straight up seat this is okay, but if you were to build a Cheyenne roll, it'll play hell fitting under the roll and installing your rosettes (been there, done that). I can really tell that you're an individual that thinks out and designs every aspect of your project. It shows in your work. Really good job. Ron
  15. Goldshot Ron

    Threepersons Done!

    I've read about Mop & Glo, but have never tried it. Your finish looks good, so I'll have to try it.