Sunday, September 29, 2013
I was greatly privileged to photograph some outstanding tack during the Artisan's Gallery last BreyerFest (2013): two Charro sets by fabulous master tack artist Cary Nelson. This post is also intended to push me a little further on my own Charro saddle quest. Nothing like somebody else's tack to inspire you! Haven't I said the best reference is another model tack piece? It so happens (why do I have to be human!?) that I'm good and stuck on my Goehring Charro saddle...
I spent a lot of time drooling over these two fantastic pieces.
I spent a lot of time staring, close up. At the time, I could figure out most everything,... eventually... but not the trees. Cary wouldn't tell me.
This first saddle includes a breastcollar, a bridle, a hackamore with leadrope and a fine lawn blanket. The below pic shows the breastcollar and hackamore. It's my worst in terms of shake; apologies.
The second saddle -- oh prepare yourself! -- could be described as pitiado in silver.
The knotwork on the hackamore alone must've taken weeks. Cary told me "about a month for each set" but there is a lot of "about" here...
Remember I said Cary Nelson had "other accomplishments" to show off? Here they are: a complete rack of Arabian Costumes!! Other bloggers have documented them -- see Heather Abounader's Desert Night Creations -- so I'm contenting myself with just my one shot. It gives an overall view of an entire man-year of work. I'm some kind of awed: I doubt very much I could match such an output.
Naturally, after all that, I had to try and shoot Cary herself. Problem is, like most artists, she's camera-shy. I couldn't get her to turn around in the time I had.
So I've been stuck on my Charro for much too long. But hope is at hand. Last week I took delivery of a cast plastic RDLC Mexican Charro tree, courtesy Alison Beniush!!! The world's Lesser Rio Rondo!! Not so lesser... there is so much there, and I hadn't known about it!!! My own hobby is bounding around my ears... Hopefully this little piece will help me bust my logjam.
Meanwhile keep tacking.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Today we have a little lesson on the inadvisability of using an unpainted horse as a tack photography model. Up til now I would've sworn the right thing to do is portray tack pieces against an unfinished horse. Because, of course, that way there is no distraction! Nothing else to look at! The customer can use their own imaginations to fill in whatever color they want the horse... You have only the tack to view, and it is front and center.
I have intentionally collected unpainted horses, and used them (so far) to good effect. There's one in my last post.
Apropos of Lorrie's Hackamore, this post is also about me giving up attempts to keep the TSII website and this blog separate. Yes, right now there is a big exposition on this particular Hackamore up on my site, Timaru Star II.
Who could bring this piece to life?
Corsair is also my first horse to be on a stand, if you don't count Huckleberry Bey. :) For a person who so strongly focussed on "playability," this was a major advance for me, a concession on par with the Royal Family marrying a commoner.
Technically speaking, at this moment this hackamore has not been claimed. It is one of the Nine (see my Tack Orders page for the significance of this). If she doesn't want it or can't get it, and if 2 others of the Nine don't want it et al, it will go up for auction.
Thanks for reading, Enjoy!
Thursday, September 5, 2013
I should start this post with a picture of the finished breastcollar. Friends at BreyerFest will remember it in its almost-done stage, as will readers of this blog. :)
The buckles seen here, neck and martingale, were both handmade from sterling silver. Tongues are stainless steel wire, hammered and filed. Since I had such good reference for the buckles of this saddle set, and since I'd already gone to the trouble of creating "from scratch" every concho and plate, it was rather an easy decision to go all the way.
The breastcollar is lined on the back with superfine black lining leather. (Thanks again to Michelle M. for this.) It was at this stage I found out how cool it looked on Two Step, the dun Marsh Tacky from this year's BreyerFest.
As the writing says, 'Driving to the box [horse business mail box downtown], the answer occurred: Solder on a handle & cut it afterwards.' The drawings show how. My tack notebooks are chock full of such scribbles.
The bit was completed January 29, and the reins done in April. We're up over 80 hours here, spread out over 8 months... and I haven't even started the saddle yet!!
But I'm not worried.
Stay tuned, and Thanks for reading!