I discovered Cristina Brown several years ago, but it wasn't until November of 2013 that I was lucky enough to snatch one of her saddles. I saw on her blog that she had some upcoming sales, and before they could even be announced, I made an offer. I didn't care what color it was, I just wanted one. Indeed I was lucky. I snagged a very nice multi-purpose black English saddle by this most detailed and talented of British tackmakers. It even has tufting!! However, it didn't have a girth... or a blanket (pad).
Cristina's blog showed something fascinating: miniature logos on pads. I complimented her -- I'd never seen this on pads (and rarely elsewhere). I also asked about a blanket for mine; and to my joy she suggested she put my logo on one. To this day I'm not quite sure how it was done.
The horn of a TSII Silver Parade Set, when first born, looks like this:
This was what I'd wanted. This was what I'd in mind. The thrill of the chase was upon me. After baking, the next step was the gullet braiding. True to form, The Gold-Tipped fought me here, and the gullet braiding had to be done twice.
How the mighty are fallen! -- err, using the anvil to hold the braiding in place while the glue dries.
Silver taping is next. As the Goehring explained ( Silver progress on the Goehring), there is at least one great place, still, for silver tape in my model tack.
Pommel caps were used on this saddle. That's a subject for another post altogether!
And the silver taping is done.
Thanks go to Kerie Okie for the original pommel idea, to Sandra Garner for her patience, to Melody Snow who first showed me ikandis; and to Cristina Brown for the terrific pad! And to other tackmakers and friends, who know who they are, for long discussions... much appreciated. : )
Next up: Fancy's Hackamore.