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  1. Ed, thank you for your feedback. The pictures are great and I really like that little jig thing in the cantle! I will probably go with a custom tree. Or maybe one custom and one from a more production type company using the Lane kit and see how they compare. I will probably do so soon in order to be able to build after hunting season. Thanks again. And thank you too John (both posts!) Ollie
  2. Ok, I understand now. Notches, removing material in the form of a notch. Probably a V shape. Got it. Makes sense too! Plus thinner too to reduce the bulk. I can do that! I do that when I sew fabric, why didn’t I know that would work? And leather does not unravel…. Thanks.
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    All of you seasoned saddle makers are so wonderful and helpful and so appreciated. I want to share that I received my Dennis Lane fitting kit and am so excited to use it. Now I just need to know about tree makers that will use it. Denise Nikkles sent me a couple, Dusty Smith and Ben Swanke, and they look really amazing and impressive - and a bit expensive. Of course I want the best I can afford as everyone else here does too. I am sure I am not the only one wondering. I would like to widen my options by just gathering info. Anyone,, please? Maybe some good, better, best comments too, please? I know this has been covered some, but maybe there are some new names out there and in particular who will work with this Dennis Lane system. Thanks in advance!
  4. EdOgers, I saw the screw placement on another thread. Thank you for all of your input and support to all of us. All of you are so wonderful. I also want to share that I received my Dennis Lane fitting kit and am so excited to use it. Now I just need to know about tree makers that will use it. Denise Nikkles sent me a couple, Dusty Smith and Ben Swanke, but I would like to widen my options by just gathering info. anyone? Maybe I should start or find a thread about this already out there? I will do that too.
  5. Thank you for the great explanation Ed. I will pay attention to this when I get to those parts. I would like to understand if that is 2 screws on each side or just one on each side. I am thinking you are saying to put the screw on the edge of each skirt past the edge of the bar and at the inside edges of the cantle arch in a way that won’t interfere with the spine? I am not sure if you use them ever, but I did put some bar risers in this saddle on the top side of the seat bars, as the animal has a few knots on its spine and I felt needed the extra height. Randy that is cool, I hope I get to 11. I am really liking this, if my hands will only hold up. Saddle is on hold until fall. Working on other projects for the summer. Thanks guys!
  6. Thank you, I am not sure what you mean by notching it? Can you elaborate just a little? Still have it wet on the stand, working on it now.....
  7. Hi, I looked and couldn't find and if this is redundant I am sorry. A link would be fine or anyone wanting to offer help that would be great. I am working on a Will James, my second saddle, and cutting the side seam. I am trying to keep the top point slightly below the top crest of the swell. But there is so much poking up I am afraid it will not be able to get it to lay nice if I leave too much leather up there. Is there a trick? Cut wider at the top? Give up and go higher? Help please? Thanks in advance. Ollie
  8. I love that, thank you. The one I posted is back in use so of course it did not get done. But I will let the customer know we could do that. I will keep it in mind, thanks again!
  9. I do have a question for some of the experienced people on this thread, even though it is really old. I wonder how many saddles Randy has done by now. When you say don't lace the skirts, do you mean not at all or just half way or what. I am on my second saddle and have not done that part yet. I was not going to lace it all the way but I had planned on about 2/3 or 1/2 of the way so it could flex. Same on the jocky, or maybe sew in a really short center piece. I do have the skirts scooped in a bit at the back like Randy did in his. I might even post a few pictures in a few days.
  10. Can anyone tell me what to use up in there? I used some Vaseline on my last saddle but it didn't seem to last too long. I am afraid to use too much I don't want it to drip down and ruin everything else. It is hot here in Arizona and I am afraid no mater what I use it will melt away in nothing flat or drip down and ruin/darken the other leathers in the area. Suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you everyone, I love this site.
  11. Yes, PurpleSage, I got it done and I have since started on another one. Darn cowboys, this one I find the hardest blackest stuff over the hardware. The rigging on an inskirt rigging where the leg would have rode over it. I did what you said and used a scraper to as delicately as possible scrap the waxy dirt off he top of it. After softening in with cleaner. This time I actually used Lexol and it worked pretty good. I used warm water and a pinch of dawn on the rest of it. The Lexol, a tiny bit sprayed on a wet sponge, dampening the nasty gunk over the hardware several times while I worked on the rest of it. Then went back and scraped off the gunk. I used a silicone scraper. A tiny bit of damage was done to the leather but I think the dirt did more than I did. Then I rubbed in a couple thin of coats of Ray Holes cream. Turned out pretty nice. Thank you for your feed back.
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