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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My Journey So Far

My Journey So Far

I have been very lucky to gain new followers recently and so I thought it was time to update you all on my journey so far. 2015 If we roll back to five years ago, I was 35 years old and losing the will to live in a corporate job that I no longer had a passion or drive for. As an equestrienne, I thought about working with horses, but I wanted to do more than just muck them out or ride them. I was already an experienced seamstress and had undertaken fashion and pattern cutting qualifications some years before, so I thought about doing something along the same lines. After doing a couple of leatherwork courses with Chris Taylor at Saddlers Den in Southport, I had found my new calling. I knew from that day forth I wanted to learn how to make saddlery the traditional way. 2016 I spent almost a year on a waiting list, before being accepted onto a self-funded Adult Training Scheme with...
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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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The Truth About Boot Zip Repairs

The Truth About Boot Zip Repairs

Since starting my Saddler journey I have been inundated with enquiries for boot zip repairs . I have done some in the past but the actual truth of the matter is, they are a pig to do! Following conversations I've had with other Saddlers, I believe I'm not the only one who thinks this. It certainly would explain the reason why you, the customer, is struggling to find someone who repairs them at a reasonable cost. I'm also acutely aware that some cobblers, whom speciality is actually shoes and boots don't (or won't) touch them either, I wonder why?! What do you, think is a reasonable cost to repair your boots? To be honest, it is probably not worth the time and effort we, the Saddlers, have to put in to, first remove the defective zip and then somehow put a new zip in. Saddlers often charge by the hour, plus materials and other expenses and so this often ramps up the price for the customer. Manufacturer of...
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