Saturday, November 22, 2008

The smallest saddle I've ever made

Well, to be honest, I've made two of these. This one was the first and it went together really, really easily. I kept the pattern and the second should have been just as pleasant... Unfortunately, it did not work out that way. Every single step was riddled with problems. I have not yet been persuaded to try a third! Interestingly, the pattern for this saddle is, except for size, almost identical to that of a "big" one. There are only two real simplifications--it has one billet per side instead of the usual three, and I the nailhead is dotted on with silver paint. It has a metal tree and is even made out of the same leather (petite tooling calf) just skived really thin.

I admire people who work in this scale. I can go mini every once in a great while, but I would go nuts if I did it all the time!

1 comment:

  1. That is absolutely amazing! It's so realistic for how small it is. I have a SM scale hunt saddle set, that I also think is pretty realistic, and i have no clue how anyone can do it. Just tacking up my horse with it was pretty difficult, I wouldn't even want to be the one creating it! I just love seeing all of your work, it amazes me every time.