Yesterday afternoon, Ryan wandered into my studio and asked me what I was making. I showed him the second saddle base, and told him it was going to be a Criollo saddle. He wasn't impressed. In fact, I think his exact words were: "So basically you've spent the whole day making a leather square?"
Fortunately, today's studio marathon has transformed that square into something resembling a saddle.Both Ryan and I like the top view best. It's too bad that all those nice details will be covered with a sheepskin pad.
As always, the pictures make it look more "finished" than it really is. There's still a long way to go with this one, but it's awfully nice to have something tangible to show for all my studio time. Even the most cynical almost-teenager is unlikely to refer to this saddle as a simple leather square!