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I just wrapped up my second saddle, and to say the improvement from first to second is drastic is an understatement. Don’t get me wrong, the first has held up great, but there are a lot of visual flaws that aggravate me more each time I look at it. Since the first I have simply just improved my knowledge of how a saddle should look and be constructed and I believe it shows. Here is a link to the first if you’d like to look at it: 

 

This one was built on an 18” stock association tree for my cousin, who is very stocky and built. I am still completely self taught besides forums, books, YouTube, and a few hours spent with a maker. I was going to work on this one with another maker but he ended up getting to backed up on repairs to take me in at the time. All that being said, I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out. The ground seat and the fit of the skirts are much improved from the first. The biggest issue on this one is quite obviously the ears on the saddle seat, as they’re a little bit butchered and very high and forward. In laying in the seat, I completely goofed and made the cut outwards (as opposed to upwards) for the ears, and this was the best I could salvage out of them, as you can see in the last picture. In the same picture you’ll see some ugly stitches as well, but they were all operator error and that’s the only place they are like that. A few other, but smaller issues are the skirt shape and the cantle binding. The skirts don’t really drop down straight from where they connect in the the back, and the binding in the back is just rough. 

 

If you see any other mistakes or issues, please don’t be scared to point them out. That’s what I’m looking for in posting it here. I just graduated high school with my AA degree from the local state college. In 2 weeks I am moving from Okeechobee to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida for the next two years. I have already been in touch with a maker there and should be able to continue my work there as well as get one on one experience in a saddle shop, so I’m really looking forward to that. Thanks in advance!

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Looks great! That serpentine border looks great and so does your basket weaving. I wish I could comment on the technicalities of the saddle but I know nothing of saddles :-)

Congrats on your 2nd one, I think it looks awesome!

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20 minutes ago, battlemunky said:

Looks great! That serpentine border looks great and so does your basket weaving. I wish I could comment on the technicalities of the saddle but I know nothing of saddles :-)

Congrats on your 2nd one, I think it looks awesome!

Thanks for the kind words, I appreciate it!

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