This is TSII #447. It was a trailbreaker in its day. I've always wanted to use this technology again and intended to do so with all the parade saddles winning the 2009 Lottery. Now that we are finally able to start work on them, it was sheer luck and a special pleasure to be able to personally visit this great saddle, recently, in September.
We start by looking at a real saddle:
A custom-made wooden anvil, or stamping block, is used for the stamping of the i-kandis. It has pins and screws in it to hold up under the pressures and form centers for the various stamps. My block is much used and dates at least as far back as my Louise Cottam saddle, which used the little star and ivy leaf in the lower right corner. I much enjoy making my own tools... it must be where my customizing bones are.
At this point in the design process, most of the rough work is done, but many questions remain. What color will the corona be? If any? What about the bridle? I am not happy with the tapadero... can we improve it? And WHICH drop to use!!! -- there are three different ones illustrated!!
I know I promised a post on stable blankets, and I intend to still -- but this saddle has taken center stage. I chose to let it. At the moment of posting, it named itself.