Tuesday, June 4, 2013

I lied

I know I said today was going to be a no studio day.  However, after I'd ridden the horse, run all my errands and taken the kids out for their "first day of summer vacation" frozen yogurt, I realized that what I really wanted to do was tackle Tiffany's Spanish bridle.

This bridle was made by another tackmaker, and it's seen some hard use.  All the leather parts were showing signs of wear...
plus the original construction was a bit on the bulky side.   Tiffany asked me to replace all the leather, while keeping the original hardware and design elements. 
Here's the new and hopefully improved version.  I added a couple keepers and the noseband is a bit wider, but mostly it looks the same.
Ha!  Except for those buckle ends.  Those are now a lot more streamlined.  As an added bonus, they're also easier to use. 
One more bridle and one more pad and then Tiffany's NAN needs will be satisfied.  Hey, Tiff, have I earned Rat Bait yet?


  1. LOL! :D
    I'm still in shock about how thin your leather is..... :O

    1. It's a delicate balance to remove the bulk without taking all the strength and body out of the strap. If you get your straps too thin, they wrinkle up like paper. Too thick and they won't ever lie properly. I probably spend more time preparing leather than anything else, but it's worth the effort.

  2. If you haven't, I'm scared to find out what more she expects!

  3. The only thing missing is moose drool in the fridge for the in person delivery service oh and oven door pizza! !!

  4. Oven door pizza is the best! Although we've bought a new oven since your last visit, and I'm not sure the new one has the years of baked on crusties required to properly season the pizza.

  5. What a difference thinner leather makes! I've been re-working some of my old bridles this week too. They're all really bulky. :P

  6. Your right about practice, I've been practicing for about 3 years! I have enproved quite a bit though. :)