But first, let's show the normal. TSII #452's pommel is turned inside out and sewn together along both sides. This is after any tooling, decorating or dyeing.
It had been so long since I'd made a Western saddle I'd sort of forgotten how to do it! After cutting out this pommel, I decided I'd done something wrong. More leather would be needed to cover up the underside, that is, the gullet. I choose to add back on a piece, by first gluing on a splint (not visible here) and then applique-braiding the join.
The next order of business on TSII #452 was to add the gullet rim. I don't use a tree, so the front rim has to be suggested by sewing on an arc of leather. I've been doing this for years and anticipated no problems.
At the same time I was starting to get uneasy about those two cuts in the back of the pommel/shoulders. Was the gullet bottom really going to be that high up? What would cover the sides, which would now be open? Did I know what I was doing? Answer: No!!
The previous applique-braid was so beautiful I decided to use it again. Here those two cuts were closed back together again.
The next picture shows the three-strand applique used on the welt or shoulder seam of the pommel. It also shows the beginnings of my REAL problem: the rim is too low. It does not stick out forward like it should. Did I recognize this at the time? Heh!
I'm afraid several steps in the making of #452's pommel did not get covered. Not shown: the inside being stuffed with Fimo and baked. This is an idea I got from another tackmaker. It solves the problem of heft, that is, strength and weight. Previously I'd used leather rolls, which tended to be hard to shape and did not lend weight.
Many times this is how it works with an evolving, one-of-a-kind piece of tack.