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Goldshot Ron

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  1. Also, this is an all "rough out" saddle, and the possible history of the saddle may be of interest to folks.
  2. I received an Ed Bohlin saddle to repair and restore. Is the value of the saddle, in the name and condition of the saddle, or would it be better to restore? I foresee problems that if repaired, may lessen it's value. So, I am open for suggestions. Thanks.
  3. I googled you Jon because I thought your name sounded familiar. You have done some impressive work. And, you also made saddle trees? Being the same age as you, I wish you the best, and you have taken excellent care of that machine. I'd make you an offer on the machine, but California is a ways from Iowa. Ron
  4. When I layer, or double, straps I cut the top to the measurements that I want. If sewing the liner to the top, I use rubber cement to adhere them together. The liner or bottom layer is cut oversize to the top. If the straps are curved, when attaching them together, bend them in the direction of the curve. Tap them together with your hammer, and sew them together. After sewing, trim excess and edge. I have never had the liner bend without some "bacon" waves. The key is to cut the liner oversize, not the same as the top.
  5. Jeremiah Watt's DVD is probably the most thorough of the ones you mentioned. I really liked Bill Gomer's, but it may be hard to find. Harwood's is good, but some feel that you should have built one or two saddles before his video would viewed. Bruce Cheney has a YouTube site, so you may want to check that out first. Good Luck, Ron
  6. Replace with No. 9, solid copper rivets. Probably 5/8 to 3/4 inches long.
  7. OK, that number is for Sunny Felkins. That is too bad with them closing.
  8. Are you talking about Sunny Felkins, Randy?
  9. I use my 267 to sew chap leather and light weight veg-tan (approx. 7/8 oz.). I also use it to repair horse covers; it does well sewing nylon webbing to about 3 layers of nylon and padding. I also use it to sew belts. It does jump timing when you least expect it; but, once you know how to reset the timing, it usually takes less than an hour to reset and test. I sew usually with 207 top and 138 bobbin thread. I like the machine; however, I did change out the clutch motor for an electronic one.
  10. Try Montana Leather Company, they show them in stock, but they may be the same as Weaver's.
  11. Hey Pard, you know how I always mention that you could finish off your horn better, well you nailed it. This saddle looks really good. Keep up the good work, and have a Merry Christmas.
  12. I like how you are branching out from saddles; the scabbard looks great. Whose BW stamp did you use? The border stamp looks like an Ellis Barnes. I have to echo everyone else's compliments. Keep 'er up pard!!
  13. I have made several sets of saddle bags, and when I do my gussets I use rubber cement to temporarily glue the seams together or clip them together to determine how everything will fit. It is hard to cut leather at right angles and expect everything to fit. This method allows you to make adjustments before sewing pieces together or braiding them together.
  14. The patterns you may find are all similar, but yet different in how they may feel. What I suggest is to take an old pair of Levi's, ones that you are going to toss because of holes in the wrong places. Put them on, and with a felt marker draw on them where you will want them to fit. Example: how high in the front, how high around your butt; do they feel good, and is the lengths correct. Cut off the extra material and try them on again. This will be your basic pattern. Now you can add material for batwings, or fringe, whatever. I suggest this method because only after cutting the leather and making the chaps will you know if they fit you comfortably. And, they may not, and you have wasted leather. This process beats using paper patterns that are only a guess at fit.
  15. Randy, It looks like it came out fairly well; but, I can now see the "leg cuts" on the swell. I'd like to see how you deal with them installing the final seat. It looks like it will be another challenge. Good luck.
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