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    southern British Coumbia

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    Professional saddle and tree maker

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  1. AndyKnight


    I have used mahy differrent brands and the solvent based ones have all worked quite well. They are all flexible . Weldwood and Lepages as well have worked as well as some store branded. With the water based glues i prefer the white ones as the blue or green tend to show up if there is any extra glue.getting where you don't want it. If you are not sure just buy a quart container first. OWith some glues I will double coat to get a good bond. Andy, Thanks for the reply. By local building supply, i am asuming that the brand is probably something along the line of Weldwood? I am always a little suspect of the "true"differences in glues as i was about epoxies until I learned that most of them are derivitives of the same Shell product. With that being said, have you seen much difference in performance compared to traditional shoe type glues? I imagine not or you wouldn't use it. Also, any performance differences in water based vs. solvent based? I'm always interested in saving what few brain cells I have left. Switched over to water bourne wood finishes years ago building casework. Can you reveal your brand? Thanks, Mike in Rome
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    I use contact cement from the building supply. both the water based as well as the solvent base. The water base will stick the waxy or oiled latigos/chap leathers. the down side is that it takes longer to dry. I havn't used barge since my boot repairing days ...about 15 years.
  3. I get my stirrups from Fred Smith. NOt sure that he wants his name on the net so just doing this by private message.

    He is from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan 306-693-2644

    The price difference between wholesale and retail in these is not great.


  4. AndyKnight

    Half-Breed Saddle

    Looking Good Darcy, Was that one of Jon's rawhide or his epoxy /fiberglass trees.??
  5. That is the best condition Great wWest saddle that I have seen in a long time. I am not up on values however It would be a good find for a collector I would think made in th e1920 's . there again that is a guess. As far as using it be aware that those trees were typically quite narrow with very convex bars so you may have saddle fit issues. From a collector point of view I wouldn't reline it.
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    Cinch Guards

    never had a need for them myself but the ones that we made back in the 70's were all sheep lined.
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    Cantle Dish

    I almost always build my trees with 1 1/4 and figure on them finishing around +-1" The slope of the cantle will also have a bearing on this and I generally like a cantle with good slope. ( not too vertical as the rim of the cantle can bight) Most of my customers want to sit with their feet underneath them and tend to ride long. . I have found that-the rider Sitting back into a deep dish seat in a vertical riding position will be susceptible to having the corners of the cantle rubbing the back of the thighs and then the rim of the cantle will be more prone to biting there spine. .and if you set them ahead of the points of the cantle the deep dish is redundant. the main purpose of the cantle is to keep them from blowing out the back. Now if you are riding broncs and want to stick your feet out front to spur the shoulders then the deep dish is an advantage.. eg. rodeo association. ( IMHO) This is what works for me. Andy
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    Latigo Lined Skirts?

    Sheepskin lining helps holds the pads in place and usually does it fairly well for a long time. I have lined some saddles with roughout chap leather over the last 16 + years. Some customers will have nothing but leather lining and others prefer the more traditional sheepskin. I find the biggest disadvantage with the leather is that the roughout tends to get slick and may allow pad slippage. but on the other side it doesn't attract pine needles and burrs etc, Also the mites aren't interested in it. Look on the bottom of english saddles and you won't see sheepskin. The padding attribute in sheepskin is not a contributing factor as we use padding /blankets for that purpose. Still a plump, thick sheepskin is darn nice.....
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    Cheyenne Roll

    just like shooting a bow..... after a while you just know where that arrow will go... I also fling arrows. has my ph. number Andy
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    Cheyenne Roll

    I get my awls from Sheridan outfitters. ( douglas tools) I make a stitch groove on the under side so that I have a very specific target for the awl to come out....then it is all about aim . This will take practice.......usually more than one. I see you build boats also....My spare time project is a 19' strip built westpointer . It kind of clutters up the tree shop.
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    Rigging Gauge

    I don't know of any professional saddle makers that mess with any thing like that.( but maybe I am out of the loop . Al stolman told me he only made it because Anne had a tough time getting riggings even. Even the gauge is only as accurate as the tree ....which in a lot of case I would question. Andy.
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    Cantle Height

    Steve is 100 % correct. that was what I wanted to say... Knotty wood... wood with knots in it which will compromise the strength of the tree.
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    Cantle Height

    It would be very difficult to make a cantle taller, do the leather work necessary and keep it economically viable. new cantle cover, new seat, new cantle binding Probably new ground work. Better off to start from scratch. IMHO Whoever built that tree in the pics. wasn't shy about using knotty wood.
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    Saddle Pics

    Keith Thanks for your shameless self promotion!! It is inspirational to see work and craftmanship of this quality. Keep sharing Andy
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    Square Skirts

    the bottom line of square skirts is not straight . generally it will be about an inch high under the fenders. cut them oversize and figure the lines out when they are blocked on the tree