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I haven't posted in these forums for quite some time so hoping it's still fairly active. I got this saddle in for billet replacements but I've got the issue of not being sure how to drop the panels on an english saddle with the single roll up front, and I would just wiggle the needle up in there but this second rivet/tack is holding the flap down too tightly to get to the front billets(they all need replaced on both sides). I'm not sure if there is a tool that can safely get under the rivet, or if someone knows where to pop seams along the front on a single roll saddle and still be able to put it back together or do I need to just tell them that front billet is a lost cause? Any help would be greatly appreciated; I've done billet replacements before but the saddles always had the double roll up front where you can easily pop and replace the stitching to just drop the underside down and out of the way.
So without a bunch of confusing explanations I have drawn up a diagram to illustrate my question. This case will open to a flat container. The buckle I am using is a rectangle with sliding center. Which should be the billet and which should be the buckle in this scenario?
I'm not a leather worker but very crafty. I would like to make leather billets like the ones in the attached photo. What type of leather should I use (I don't want anything too heavy or thick) and what other materials/tools do I need? They will need to look well made since they will be added to products in my business. Any help will be appreciated. Alternately, if anyone would like to make them for me I'd consider purchasing and attaching them myself.