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!
I think I've got a buyer lined up for this one, but it's safe to say that I'll be offering English sidesaddles when I reopen my tack books after NAN.


  1. OMG! Stunning ...just STUNNING! Can I post about this on my sidesaddle blog? Honestly - if I had not known, I would not have known that was a minature!

  2. Hi Julie,

    See, I just look at this and see all the things I will do differently (and better) next time. Still, it wasn't bad for a first effort. Feel free to copy for use on your blog and I'll try to remember to send you a link whenever I finish sidesaddle #2.