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Not sure if anyone still reads this thread, but that said I'd like to add my thoughts to the general collection. From the perspective of someone who has built saddles, there is no doubt the Dale Harwoods is the most enjoyable to watch; he is a true master. I do not recommend this video as a starter. If you have not done a saddle to date or just getting started, Jeremiah Watt's saddle building is an absolute must have in your library. Mr. Watt's perspective and wit are top shelf. If you don't spend another dime buy this video. Second is Bruce Cheney - he will guide you through the process and enjoy the country music from the heart of Texas. Also Bruce has a YouTube series - worth watching. Bill Gomers videos are ok, I spoke with him a couple of times, a gentlemen. Ted Aldal and his friend, his name escapes me, produced a six (6) set video series. Lots of meandering but you get to know Ted and friend through the process. He passed a couple of years ago, not sure where they may be available. With respect to Dusty Johnsons I purchased them years ago, can't find them and have never bother to look for them after watching them once. The Traditional Cowboy Arts Association with Cary Schwartz are excellent, ground seat, swell, cantle binding & rigging - all worth the money.

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Ted Aldal's associate on their tapes was Bill Conway.  Last fall I worked on a saddle Aldal made, and I was impressed by his tooling and craftsmanship.  Ted lived in San Jacinto, CA.  Just around the corner from where Al and Anne Stohlman lived prior to moving north. 

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Thanks, you're correct it was Bill Conway. Both real Gentlemen. I have to make an effort to find those tapes. If not I'll buy another set just for the help Ted offered me over the years.

 

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Does anyone know if you can still purchase the harwood video?

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As an update to an old but valuable thread, I'd like to add that Steve Mecum now has a instructional DVD.  He makes a fine saddle and I've seen bits and pieces of the DVD and it looks very good.  Also, I understand the Harwood DVD is no longer in production.

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Slightly off topic of the thread but does anyone out there know where I may ppurchase John H. Beck Saddlemaking. First published in the mid fifties.

 

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