Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Trying something new
If you cruise the model horse section on eBay, you've probably seen listings for the Kerioke series of tackmaking books. Authored by Carrie Olguin, these books cover a wide variety of topics including English Saddle Making, Arabian Costumes and Tooling Western Saddles. I really like hobby literature and I'm of the opinion that you can never have enough reference material. Still, it wasn't until Carrie's most recent offering, Modern Sidesaddles, English and Western, that I actually took the plunge and ordered one.That was back in January. I flipped through the book a couple times after it arrived, but it wasn't long before it was buried in the pile of paper on my workbench. Recently, however, I was motivated to dig it out and actually put it to use. I've spent the last two days playing with the #2 English pattern and so far this is what I have to show for it.This saddle is almost equal parts Buxton and Kerioke. Most of the pattern pieces are Carrie's, although I did significantly alter parts of the left side flap. I used different materials to build the tree and panels, and I changed up a lot of the construction processes to more closely match my own usual style of saddle making.I have to admit that I'm pretty pleased with this saddle. It's not perfect--shoot, it's not even actually finished. I still have some some details to add and a lot of clean-up. It's close, though, and that's pretty impressive for a first attempt. Amazing how quickly things go when someone else does the hard pattern work!