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    Rawhide braiding, vaquero, saddlery

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    crafting, and reviving Military saddles
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  1. Thank you both again for all your help, especially for those photos and videos as well! They were very helpful. It’s an art that no one here is willing to share any information on, there’s only one person who is currently twisting mecates so I really had no idea where I should be starting, but I’m making progress down the right track now thanks to you all have a wonderful day
  2. Thanks for that! Is there any chance you have got any photos of yours, or your friends contraption? Helps give me an idea of what I should be looking at making thanks again for your help! It’s greatly appreciated
  3. Would you have any recommendations on where to get, or how to make a rope making machine?
  4. Cheers! I’ve actually got one of their wheels, it’s great but only suitable for smaller twists unfortunately. Trying to figure out how I might be able to jig something up with a drill at the moment
  5. You’ve all been incredibly helpful and I’m eternally greatful for you advice and recommendations! I’ve got a good starting point to experiment with now, will try and post an update when I’ve got some bosals finished to show off too
  6. Thank you! I will have a look for this group :D
  7. Thank you! I love this book, unfortunately not all that much help as far as twister mecates go! Thanks again though
  8. Hi again all! hopefully this is an okay place to ask this, as I’ve exhausted all other options now! Is there anyone out there that has experience making twisted mecate reins? I’ve been braiding them for a few years and would love to learn how to twist them by hand. any and all information/advice welcome!! thanks again !
  9. Thank you so much! This is perfect, makes complete sense to my metric brain too! Lol. thanks again, and happy braiding!!
  10. Good morning, ive been trying to wrap my head around the maths for figuring out my string size for a braided bosal core. I’m used to working in mm rather than inches and fractions, so it’s taking more brain power than expected! im wondering if it’s as simple as taking the core size I want to achieve, and dividing that by the number of strings I want to use to find out what size strings I should use. this is what I usually do for kangaroo lacing, but this is my first time messing with rawhide so not too sure if it’s a different story. thanks again !
  11. Hi again, I am wanting to look into building my own pack saddle on a sawbuck tree. I’m wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of some literature or videos? I have plenty here to build off, but would like to build some more knowledge around it. tthanks in advance!
  12. Ahhh yes! The stohlman books. I’ve been hunting for a while now trying to find some at a decent price (on amazon they’re $350, plus $80 postage in my currency!)
  13. Hi guys, ive been doing leatherwork for a few years now, and am planning to take on the project of a saddle. I live in a country where there aren’t many/any makers available who are willing to teach, so does anyone have any recommendations for online videos/DVDS ? And patterns/templates I can purchase? ive been study everything I can find on YouTube, and have been trying to hunt down the al stohlman books at a reasonable price, but would really like to get a good understanding of the process visually again, any tips, tricks and advice are greatly appreciated. thanks in advance!
  14. Hi guys, ive been doing leather work for a number of years now and am wanting to take on my first saddle. I live in a country where there aren’t many teachers - or resources. So I was wondering if anyone could recommend where I could buy some patterns/templates? also any recommendations on tutorials etc would be greatly appreciated. I have been binge watching whatever I can find on YouTube for the last few months. again, any tips and advice appreciate!! thanks in advance.
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