July 24, 2008

new prototype

I snapped a couple of quick shots in between the crazy rain we've been getting here. This is my prototype for a jumping saddle. Please excuse the lack of girth and the dressage pad.

This saddle is built on a RDLC english tree. I ended up custom dying the leather so it would match the lace I used for the bridle. This required lots of mixing and matching of dyes, but I think the results are pretty good. i like how level the saddle sits right now, but I'm still not too sure how I feel about how the gussets came out. I might try a new approach for the next saddle. They are nice and soft, but I'm thinking they need a bit more bulk to them. Plus, they seem to be hidden by the way this saddle pad fits in this photo.

July 23, 2008

check it out!

I can't believe it's been almost a month since my last post. eek! Needless to say I will have more updates soon, as I've been working away at some new tack items.

In the meantime I got an update from Danielle Feldman, who purchased a harness from me back in May. Her Lonestar resin "Dun In Squiggles" won a NAN Top Ten this year in CM Pleasure/Fine/Park Harness (yay!). She also used the harness at Stone Age Live and won the Champion Other Performance division.

Congrats to Danielle, and thanks so much for showing my tack!

Here's a pic Danielle sent me of "Dun In Squiggles" at NAN 2008.
(Painted by Danielle Feldman, carriage by Bill Duncan)