[From the Sneak Peeks page, Dated November 6] Every now and then I'm lucky enough to splurge. I've been looking for a Brooke Peery western saddle for years. Brooke is yet another example of a very talented tack artist who takes the field by storm for a few years and then quietly vanishes, leaving collectors to scramble. She first appeared somewhere around 2005. The date on this beauty is 2007.
I have Ashley G. to thank for the chance to acquire this lovely piece. It appears to be freehand tooled. The silver is thin aluminum sheet (not tape) hand cut and embossed. The spots are all pin heads: trust me, that's the hard way. Yes, the fenders don't swing (more obvious in the above picture) but the overall detail is awesome.
The blanket is my own work (Blue Catalina) done from a pattern of Chris Armstrong's with different colors. The bridle is my own Tissarn's Mech Hack, up because Jenn Buxton's Hack is based on it [at the time posted on braymere blog] and because the greens were a better match to the turquoise blanket than her dark red. I would also like to crow about the blue sky. This was the first blue sky I'd really seen since Sandy the Superstorm, i.e. in about a week!!
And of course the horse is Carol Williams' incomparable Matriarch, painted by Katie Richards and given me by that earthbound angel, Sue Peet. I named her LaJewel, which is a real person's name which I saw in a magazine.