What Exactly Is A Handmade Bridle?

What Exactly Is A Handmade Bridle?

"What exactly is a handmade bridle and why do I need one?" may be a question you ask yourself when you see Saddler's post about their handmade bridle work. The Making Process Firstly, everything is cut, prepared and stitched by hand, hence the word 'handmade'. Preparing the Leather A Saddler selects a leather hide, brushes it and checks for scratches, stretch marks and any other imperfections that could affect the overall strength, durability and look of the bridle. The leather is cut into strips using one of three Saddler tools; a plough gauge, a strap cutter or the round knife. The edges are rounded off by shaving them with an edge shave tool and then stained with a coloured edge dye, usually to match the colour of the hide. A creasing iron is warmed and run along the edge of the leather to form an imprinted line which has been traditionally done on bridle work and saddlery for decades. Skiving Leathers used for bridles, saddles and harness...
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