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Once upon a time I started a western show halter…

… then completely forgot about it. I found this buried in the chaos of my tack supplies. When did I start working on this?? Why did I abandon it?

Well, after sitting forgotten for who knows how many years, it’s finished now.

Now it can live happily ever after with Zippo. 😛

For fun, I thought I would dig out my first attempt at a western show halter (made in 2009) and compare it to this one.

Two things I remember struggling with were tongue buckles and skiving lace. Both have gotten a lot easier to do over the years, and that’s encouraging!

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Show Saddle… Part 2-ish

I’ve discovered that tooling leather is extremely painful. Like, skiving painful if I’m not careful.

I’ve been sore all week so deciding to try tooling the leather for my saddle probably wasn’t the greatest idea.  I can’t say I’ve made a lot of progress, which really isn’t that big of a deal. But I like making lots of progress and having to stop myself because of this blasted pain is beyond frustrating.

Frustrations aside, I am pleased with how it’s coming along though. I ended up taking my tooling design back into the computer, where I digitally traced over it to simplify the design. (and mirrored some parts… is that cheating? I think that’s cheating. But hey, if you have the tools, why not use them!)


I’ve printed that up and am tracing the design onto the leather. It shows up well enough to go over with my exacto blade and embossing/dotting tool, which I’m using to bring out the design:


I still don’t really know what I’m doing though.


Unfortunately the only pieces I’ve gotten done are the upper skirt and one fender. Argh! Maybe next week I’ll have more progress made?

Till then, it’s back to work on these, if I can:


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Western Saddle Pads

I guess getting back into the swing of things means neglecting to post all month? Ha! I can’t believe November is halfway over already.

I have had a lot of custom orders and some Secret Santa projects on my workbench, so that’s been keeping me busy. 🙂 I’ve also been working on some new western pads, and finished them up today.

WorkingPads06Some little things still bug me, but overall I’m pleased with how they came out. I like them better than my earlier attempts at a pad in this style, that’s for sure!


They’re thick, but not so thick that they would be bulky under a saddle…WorkingPads07… and they’re contoured to better fit the back of a horse.


Here’s one under one of my saddles:



WorkingPads02Both of these pads are for sale. The ads can be found here: Black & Grey


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