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Kids these days...

An examination of word meanings and a teaser introduction
Subscribe to RSS Feed We’ve had an additional body around the shop the past couple of weeks. He’s a “kid” from just down the road. We’ve known him since he was… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/kids-these-days/

For the past twenty five years

Subscribe to RSS Feed I've had the privilege of being able to ride my engagement ring... Now I get to wear an anniversary one... I am very blessed...  (I… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/past-twenty-five-years/

Around our place lately...

GREEN!!! is the color of the month, at least for a few more days...
Subscribe to RSS Feed So what’s been happening around here the last little while? Well, it’s May, and that means things have been turning GREEN!!! around here. We… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/around-our-place-lately/

Spring

Hopeful, as always...
The sun has been shining. It has been warm and melting for a long time now. The water is running and the open fields are bare. We had Canada geese fly over our yard this week… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/spring/

Snow showers

Pictures never do it justice... Merry Christmas everyone!
Pictures never capture what a real good snowfall looks like.  There were lots of large, heavy flakes coming down with sunshine as a back drop. The dots in the sky really are… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/snow-showers/

Old and new

Some changes around the shop and the place over the last few weeks - and what has been keeping us busy...
Subscribe to RSS Feed We’ve been rather busy the last few weeks. Here’s some of what has changed around here… The OLD truck is not that reliable… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/old-and-new/

What happened to November?

I have pictures, so it must have existed...
Subscribe to RSS Feed The month kind of disappeared, and I’m not sure quite where it went, but here are a few pictures of some things that happened during November,… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/what-happened-to-november/

Around the shop plus

Pictures of different saddle trees around the shop the past couple of weeks, plus cute puppy pictures...
Subscribe to RSS Feed Since I haven’t posted a lot of pictures of trees lately, I figured I would just take a few of what has been around the shop this past couple… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/around-the-shop-plus/

Division of labour

What I do in the shop, versus what Rod does...
Subscribe to RSS Feed In response to an e-mail discussion today, here is an old poem I put together a while back to explain my (Denise’s) part in the tree making… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/division-of-labour/

What's happening at the Nikkel's?

It's been a tad busy around here lately...
Subscribe to RSS Feed The lawn has been cut.  (That this fact rates a mention on here tells you something about the rarity of this event…) In the garden, the… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/what-s-happening-at-the-nikkel-s/

Our life has been filled

This past couple weeks have been a tad hectic... but all with good things!!
We did our yearly wood buying trip to Edmonton, and now our wood storage is filled for the year. Doodle and the Keeper Beeper, however, are still filled with distain… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/our-life-has-been-filled/

What's new at the Nikkel's?

Regular summer stuff and another first in Rod's tree making...
Subscribe to RSS Feed Well, the garden is growing.  Potatoes are blooming, as are some of the peas still.  You can also see some new rails up on the fence in the… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/what-s-new-at-the-nikkel-s/

When you live where we do...

this is what happens in the summer...
Subscribe to RSS Feed We appreciate spring... Because winter can start in October... And spring can wait to peek its head out till May... The sun… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/when-you-live-where-we-do/

Sentinels

Here's what we left in charge of the shop while we were gone.
Subscribe to RSS Feed Here's a picture of a couple of trees we left hanging around the shop to keep an eye on things over the past couple of weeks while we saw a few… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/sentinels/

What Rod did today

Just another day at the Nikkels...
Subscribe to RSS Feed   What I did today.   Mine smelled better... http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/what-rod-did-today/

Priorities, priorities...

Sometimes other things are more important than work...
Subscribe to RSS Feed   Well, it was either write a blog post on the medial gluteal muscle in horses, or make peach jam, canned peaches, peach pie, applesauce bread… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/priorities-priorities/

Some things that have been keeping us busier...

Got some steers for the summer.
Subscribe to RSS Feed outside the shop! We've got more blacks than reds.  Can you tell? Plus, I made a special trip to town today to pick up our new… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/some-things-that-have-been-keeping-us-busier/

Packing up for Sheridan

Rocky Mountain Leather Trade Show here we come!
Trees in the wood to show people what is under the rawhide - CHECK! Tree we will take apart to use as a demonstration in our seminar Thursday on Understanding Saddle… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/packing-up-for-sheridan/

Boil and bubble and jigsaw puzzles

We have another equine spine to play with now, but still don't have a "normal" one. I always knew there was anatomical variation, but I never realized how common it was before...
We acquired another equine spine this past month - this one from a full sized horse which belonged to a good neighbour of ours.  He was a seven year old gelding that was… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/boil-and-bubble-and-jigsaw-puzzles/

This past week - outside

Springtime in Alberta - what could be... more variable?????
Subscribe to RSS Feed Remember this picture from just two weeks ago?  Well, last Friday... this started, and the white stuff floating in the air ain't dandelion… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/this-past-week-outside/

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