Even though I’ve got way too many in-progress pieces right now, I recently had a “lightbulb” moment regarding saddles and immediately had to get started on a new one.
It’s been three years since I last built an English saddle. I find them incredibly intimidating and am often discouraged before I begin. So wanting to have another go at one was something I really couldn’t ignore.
Once I found a nice reference photo, I worked out a pattern of sorts and began with the tree and seat:
This was cut from sheet metal instead of the pop cans I’ve used in the past… it is holding it’s shape much nicer. I also built up the back a bit with epoxy before covering the entire thing with very thin skiver. It’s got a nice weight to it now and so far, so good.
The skirt came next, which is tooling leather I skived down.
After being dyed I (temporarily) stuck it all together with a couple of headpins. I am SO glad I had the sense to punch holes in the tree before covering it with anything.
I think I’ll tackle the flaps next. Wish me luck? o_o