I don't make a lot of Western saddles. It's not that I dislike making them. It's more that I lack the mad tooling skillz of an Erin or a Shannon or a Kirsteen. Most hobbyists--myself included--like beautiful, hand-carved saddles so they tend to buy them from people who specialize in that sort of thing. I think I have made three Western saddles since 2008.
When Anne asked me to make her a Western saddle, my first instinct was to say no. After all, there are much better Western saddle makers out there. I had second thoughts, however, after I looked at her reference picture. The saddle had only a little bit of tooling. I liked it's shape and simple elegance. This, I thought, is something I can do.
Here's how it's going.
I simplified the tooling a bit and there's a lot of work left to do. Still, I think I'm on the right track... I hope I so, anyway!