The Making of a Charro Saddle
by Vicky Norris
Then I took 2 different color paint pens to achieve the wood look that I wanted. That took a while. I wish I had thought of this while I was doing it!
Up until the next part, I knew what to do. Getting the look of inlaid wood gave me a few sleepless nights! I finally found some rub on color stencils in the scrapbooking isle that I think worked great. It has many coats of gloss on, but think I need to put more....
December 9. I got the pattern cut out. Leather is still drying in these photos, hence the different colors.
Dyed and stained to just the most gorgeous color.
Then... Remembered it was to go on a dark liver chestnut Alborozo.....So had to start over. Decided to do a little carving on this one. It is natural with Leather Glow as the finish. Still wet in this picture.
I've also started doing the braiding for the decoration on the saddle and for the halter.
December 11. I have started decorating the pieces. You can see the progression from one to 3 strands of braiding. I think this is going to look really good when It gets together.
December 15. Saddle pad in progress.
Underneath showing where the saddle tree goes into the leather.
I have put the decoration on most of it and glued the saddle bags on. I think the bottom of the saddle pads needs decorating too.
And on a model with the saddle pad under it.
December 16. It is almost all put together. Anyone else use cloths pins to hold things together while they dry? I found the best hole punch at Hobby Lobby last week. It is a little flower, so gives a really nice look to leather conchos. What do you guys think of the serape? Is it too colorful? They usually use solid or stripes like it is, I found this but can't find anything turquoise or black/turquoise.
December 20. I think I'm done, except for a few things to the saddle pad to make it more authentic. The camera batteries decided to die before I could get better photos, so will just go with what I have. Formal pictures (hehehe) will be posted later.
The bridles are very basic.
I wanted the breast collar to be a little fancier than the one I did for me, so did it this way. The halter really brings it all together. December 21. Finished.
Had fun doing it, but I will not do another for the price I quoted for this one!
This set will be shown on a dark liver chestnut Alborozo. I think the turquoise will really set his color off.
It's Jennifer again. I'm sure everyone will agree that this set turned out extremely well. Thank you so much to Vicky for allowing me to reprint her words and photographs. If anyone else would like to write a guest blogger piece, please do not be shy. I am always happy to share this space with my friends!