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The five for five challenge

Pictures we put up in response to the challenge to post 5 pictures of our work for 5 days in a row on Facebook.
Subscribe to RSS Feed There’s been a 5 for 5 challenge going around Facebook lately asking people to post five pictures of their work a day for five days in a row. We… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/five-five-challenge/

When the shop gets crowded...

Some days, there isn't room enough to swing a cat. Then again, the cats aren't allowed in the shop...
Sometimes it gets a little full in the shop. Freshly varnished trees take room on the bench tops to dry, and when you have four ready to go and some in the wood getting ready… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/when-shop-gets-crowded/

Around the shop last week

Pictures of some trees, and Rod rawhiding a tree. Just normal stuff. Well, almost all is normal stuff...
Last week was a pretty typical week around here. Rod built trees and rawhided trees. I did up wood and varnished trees. Pretty normal… Subscribe to RSS Feed… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/around-shop-last-week/

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/

Around the shop today

It was raining outside, so I took pictures inside the shop today. Just a regular old work day at the Nikkel's...
Subscribe to RSS Feed The trees Rod rawhided today were both Wades, and there are three more finished and ready to rawhide next week.  (The third one was on the… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/around-the-shop-today/

What makes a Wade, a Wade?

With the popularity of Wade saddles, it seems like anything and everything is being labelled "Wade". What are the real characteristics that make up a true Wade?
Subscribe to RSS Feed The Wade style of saddle has become very popular over the past 20 plus years and, as with anything popular, many misconceptions get spread… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/what-makes-a-wade-a-wade/

Before, after and another kind of FULL

Changes in trees and lots of barrels in the shop tonight.
Subscribe to RSS Feed Here's some pictures from the shop tonight, as the look of some trees changed dramatically, and the rawhide room is very full - of large, blue… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/before-after-and-another-kind-of-full/

It's been a week...

but here are some pictures anyway of trees Rod got rawhided earlier in the week.
Subscribe to RSS Feed I took these pictures on Monday evening, planning to put up a quick post that evening.  Here it is late Friday and I am finally getting the… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/it-s-been-a-week/

A few trees from the past weeks

Here's some pictures of a few of the trees we have built in the last while: a Low Pro Roper, an OY Calf roper, a Bowman fork in a cutting style tree, a wood post Packer and a pretty typical Wade.
Subscribe to RSS Feed I finally got around to labelling a bunch of pictures of trees we have built over the last few weeks.  While we have been doing a fair number… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/a-few-trees-from-the-past-weeks/

Yesterday in the shop

Some of what we did and a look at some trees ready to ship.
Subscribe to RSS Feed This was going to be a "today in the shop" post, but since our website was being updated, I couldn't post it then.  By the way, if anyone sees… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/yesterday-in-the-shop/

This week in the shop - so far

Pictures of the trees we have built and shipped this week.
Subscribe to RSS Feed and one Modified Association. We also shipped off this Wade... and this Wade... and this Modified Association...… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/this-week-in-the-shop-so-far/

Wade Wade Wade Wade Wade Waaaaade

Some good, comparison pictures of different "widths" of Wade forks.
As I was going through them, I found we had quite the range of “widths” of Wades.  You remember, of course, that there is no place to measure a slick fork for “width”, and… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/wade-wade-wade-wade-wade-waaaaade/

A stood up Wade fork

While not a common request, we have built a few Wade type forks that are stood up rather than leaned ahead at the normal angle. Besides changing the look of the fork relative to the bars, there are a few other changes that happen when you stand a fork up…
Subscribe to RSS Feed We shipped this one out a little bit ago.  This is a normal Wade fork but rather than being at the normal leaned ahead angle, it is stood up. … http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/a-stood-up-wade-fork/

One of these things is not like the other...

A look at different horns on Wade trees.
Subscribe to RSS Feed It is unusual for us to build three orders with horn caps this large all at one time. Anything larger than a 4" horn cap is fairly uncommon, and… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/one-of-these-things-is-not-like-the-other/

To be sung to the tune of Hockey Night in Canada…

Our upcoming orders are all Wades, but look at the variety of specs there are between them. One of the reasons you order a hand made, custom tree. You can get exactly what you want!
Subscribe to RSS Feed Wade Wade Wade Wade Wade Waaaaade Wade Wade Wade Wade Wade Waa-aaaaade Wade Wade Wade Wade Wade Wade… Wade Wade Wade Wade… Wade Wade Wade Wade…… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/to-be-sung-to-the-tune-of-hockey-night-in-canada/

Four Wades - or are they?

Here Rod is finishing rawhiding the first of a set of four Wade saddle trees. But wait. Are all these trees really Wades? What makes a Wade, a Wade anyway? And what does being a Wade NOT mean?
Subscribe to RSS Feed This was Rod about 5 pm last Saturday, finishing up rawhiding the first of four Wade trees.  The one on the wall has all its coats of varnish… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/four-wades-or-are-they/

Last week in the shop

Two Wades, two Buster Welch cutting trees.
Two Wades, two Buster Welch cutters.  All ordered by the same maker, these trees are going to Australia.  Here they are with all three coats of varnish on them.  Rawhiding is… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/last-week-in-the-shop/

Rod's been busy...

The drying surfaces are filling up! Five trees rawhided this week.
filling up the drying stones again!  Five trees drying now.  Sideways on the left is a Wade with an 8" wide fork (hard to see from this angle).  Then, going left to right,… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/rod-s-been-busy/

This week in the shop

Building a Wade, a Martha Jose barrel racing saddle tree and a wood post Bowman saddle tree.
Rod putting the finishing touches on a wood post Bowman fork. Still no frost!  The grass is green and the flowers are blooming and it is still warm enough to be working… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/this-week-in-the-shop2/

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