What I can do for you.

What I can do for you.

Every day, I have messages from people asking me all kinds of questions regarding leatherwork. So, I thought it was about time I put it into a blog post of 'what I can do for you'. INDIVIDUAL SIZED BRIDLE PIECES The above image is of our 11hh Welsh Pony, called Jakey. Whom we once owned when the children were young and interested in riding. I can remember struggling to get him a bridle from a saddlery shop that actually fitted him correctly. In the end we had to buy two complete bridles. Two, in different 'off-the-shelf' sizes, just to make up one bridle that fitted correctly. Now that I'm a Saddler and I know what I'm looking at, I cannot stand seeing ponies in ill-fitting bridles. Mostly I see them with the cheek piece buckles sitting right up by their browbands. This is far too close to their temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Although it won't cause a lot of 'pain' it certainly cannot be comfortable having...
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5 Years A Leather Worker

5 Years A Leather Worker

This week (just gone) marks 5 years of me becoming a leather worker. How time sure flies when you're having fun. Although it hasn't all been plain sailing. There has been many peaks and troughs to this journey. First Ever leather workshop This time, 5 years ago, I completed my first ever week of leatherwork training. I had booked onto a privately run beginners leatherwork workshop at Saddlers Den, in Southport. Where under the guidance of Chris Taylor, Master Saddler, I attended 7-hour sessions each day for 5 days. What an amazing experience; I loved it! In those 5 days, I managed to learn how to stitch a traditional saddle stitch into 3.5/4mm bridle leather, using just two needles and a thread. I then made a belt; a magic plaited bracelet and a simple snaffle bridle before the week was up. I went home really pleased with myself and proud as punch. Gaining qualifications Since then, I have continued my training journey to become a qualified saddler by completing...
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Sorting Out The Studio

Sorting Out The Studio

Following on from my last post Change is Afoot, I have spent the last week or so sorting out the office and the studio. Along with some personal changes, I have been putting the wheels in motion to change some aspects of the business. My business promotes handmade saddlery and leather work, made from the finest of British materials and this is not likely to change. However, my interest and passion has shifted slightly which means I will now be hand making a different type of product or products as time goes by and my collections grow. I have become tired of repairing cheap and poorly made leather work which seems to have become more and more available as these items snap and break very easily but the time it takes to repair such items are costly to both saddler and customer. I intend to be much more particular as to what leather items I will be repairing in future as I have so much...
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A Bespoke Headcollar For Jasper

A Bespoke Headcollar For Jasper

On Saturday 3rd August 2019, at Tenbury Countryside Show, I measured a sweet bay pony called Jasper, for a new bespoke headcollar. Bespoke Made The made to measure headcollar was going to be part of a birthday gift for Jasper's little rider. "Not like the cheap rubbish you get online" In addition, Jasper's owner requested the black leather headcollar to have black stitching and brass fittings, including a nameplate. All of which had to be of the best quality and not like the 'cheap rubbish you get online these days' (customer's words not mine :-) lol) So, I measured Jasper up for his new headcollar; what a sweet boy he was. Making The Headcollar To make the bespoke headcollar I had to cut a couple of straps of the finest British Sedgwick bridle leather in black and prepare them ready for the individual sections of the headcollar. These being the headpiece, cheeks, buckle chape, noseband, jowels, back stay and throatlash. Engraving I asked a fellow Saddler, to make...
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Leather Repair Service

Leather Repair Service

If you follow me on social media, you will have noticed a leather repair advert, like the one above, has been posted out each month, since the New Year. It's just one way of reminding people that I carry out repair work without giving the hard sell. The main sort of repairs are usually as follows: Bridle headpieces, loop replacement, cheeks reduced, flash loop removed.Saddle stitching redone, girth straps replaced.Headcollar buckles replaced, restitched chapes.Girth stitching replacedBoots (Horse and Human) - replacement of zips or straps.Bag straps replaced, lining removed and replaced and a complete refurbishmentBelts shortened, buckles changed, replaced stitching Leather Repair Gallery This list is not the only thing I repair, I have also repaired car seats and a leather jacket. There is nothing that I won't have a go at, as long as it comes to me in a clean state and not covered in thick mud. Cost Prices vary from job to job but as a general idea, the minimum cost I charge is £10.00...
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