The two artists are Margaret Teller, regretfully gone from us now (I should say, making tack in another dimension), and Shannon Granger, delightfully alive and well but probably not taking orders! Shannon comes first, because today I put together the piece you see above. I had picked up the reins at BreyerFest 2012.
To her credit, she tried very hard to get me to trade, but I was learning 'cash is cheaper than my time' and in the end she let me talk her into the sale.
Sometime later in 2012 (my only clue is an email of mine dated Sept 18 that mentions it), Shannon posted a small contest on her blog. Whoever made the most comments before her counter reached thirty thousand (I think) would get a small piece of tack. Well, I had recently gotten bold about leaving comments -- in hindsight, a step towards my own blog. What a chance. I must have left lots of comments because I won the contest. I knew right away what I wanted.
In the meanwhile, I was able to purchase a complete saddle from her in March of 2013, the Aqua Gaming set.
|Photo by Shannon Granger|
The above 2014 picture shows a tiedown for this very set. I'd had no idea it even existed until I opened the package two days ago. Some artists can hold ideas in their heads for a long time. This should NOT surprise me -- !!! I am still deeply touched.
So the headstall arrived and I put it together with its reins, made two years before. The bit is from a friend, similar to those marketed by Marsha Ensor and probably a copy of those marketed by Robin Clark many long years ago.
As soon as this bridle was completed, I turned to my collection and pulled out Margaret Teller's piece, ordered at BreyerFest of 2002, down paymented then, balance paid in September, and arrived on Halloween.
There are other tackmakers who have used this material to do miniature rawhide braidwork. It is a splendid sub-collection within the model braidwork canon. Two names that come to mind are Kathy Wiggins and Linda Spiesschaert. I have photographs (remember those things!) which I should digitize some day...
MEANWHILE, didn't somebody mention FROZEN GLUE?????
Y'all know I spent two months in New York, and just came back home to central Pennsylvania (Jan. 30). My family is efficient and we were packed up a day in advance. I knew cold would not hurt the horses and so they and the tackshop all went out into the truck the evening before. We had to leave the next morning bright and early. The cold snap was back in action, but I honestly did not think anything in the tack shop could be hurt.
Was I ever wrong.
What good is it to be dinky and careful about saving glue?!? In my defense, the bottle does not say "Do Not Freeze," and I had no idea white glue would react this way... this had never happened to me before... but oh, my, how suddenly solid it all got...
the consistency of cheese spread.
I dug it out -- talk about recycling, in this case the bottle itself -- refilled the glue with a larger bottle I happened to have (you can see it above right) and rolled on. Lesson: use easily-obtained materials if you possible can.
Here is a link detailing a bit about my husband's job while we were up there.
OWLeS: Ontario Winter Lake-effect Storms, by Channel 9 Syracuse
He is in the airplane.