Tackmaking can be very tedious. This is especially true when you're talking about the early stages of saddle construction. All those hours of dyeing and skiving leather, cutting pattern pieces, treating edges, adding stitchmarks, punching holes, sewing and gluing parts together... It feels like busywork. There comes a point--usually near the end of the first day--when I wonder why I do this.
Fortunately, there's another point--usually near the end of the second day--when all those parts and pieces come together and suddenly, I have a saddle. Even after seven years, this still seems like magic.These dressage saddles look more finished than they really are. In fact, they've probably got full day's worth of work left in them. That's ok. Once I've reached the magic stage, it really does start to be fun again. After all, I'm no longer doing tedious busywork--I'm making saddles!