When last we saw this saddle, the stirrups were here:
I still have a few questions about the tree, and the seat in particular (right now). All my references but one did not show the seat front, er, the exact place where the rider's buttocks would rest. It was hidden in shadow. I supposed it would be covered in the same basketweave as the rest:
While we're on the subject of Mexican style Charro saddles, I'd like to include a link to an amazing collection of reference pictures, posted by Luis Aguilar of Mexico City.
Nohuanda Equineart If you aren't drooling by the end of that, you're dead! On the other hand, I wasn't all that thrilled by Charro saddles when I started this order, yet now... Oh now...
It has the challenge of something a miniature saddler can really sink their teeth into.
Next was tooling the fenders.
Timaru Star II Peruvian page 2
The scallops on the edge of the fenders was all cut by hand. I did it in our local Toyota dealership...
What I've really enjoyed is the checkering on the fenders.
I had to make up some of the tooling on the flap of the fender... my references didn't show more than the bottom third.
Here is the finished product. I'll have to lace-tie the strap ends together... there is not room for a buckle, neither vertically (in the thickness of the straps and the tree) nor in the length of the leather straps themselves. My reference absolutely shows no buckle, so all I've got to go on is experience of how Old West parts of saddles were tied together.
And now for something completely different. A friend was admiring my neckerchief slide, and I let her talk me out of a short order.
But fear not. Progress is being made. Things are, in fact, going well. Next post should have more details on this extraordinary saddle, TSII #451.