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Cantles, cantles, everywhere!!

There is a new section in our Pictures of Trees on Cantles so you can compare various heights, widths, etc. of cantles.
Subscribe to RSS Feed OK. It may have taken three years since this website went live, but I have FINALLY finished all the main pages! Aren’t you excited!! I know I… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/cantles-cantles-everywhere/

The things we record and why - part four

What we keep track of about cantles, horns and other miscellaneous bits and pieces.
Subscribe to RSS Feed Continuing on in the saga of all the things we measure and keep track of, we next get to the cantle and horn, and finish off with miscellaneous… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/the-things-we-record-and-why-part-four/

Of cantles and angles - again...

When dealing with cantles and how they affect the seat and therefore the rider, one of the things that results from a combination of a lot of factors and can't really be measured is still very important - the slope of the face of the cantle.
Subscribe to RSS Feed We have a couple trees that will be ready to ship out next week for one customer.  Whille the forks are similar, the cantles are different. … http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/of-cantles-and-angles-again/

Of cantle width and dish

When deciding about ordering cantle specs, you usually don't have to think about cantle width when figuring out dish. But when a cantle is really narrow, it is a consideration.
We had a customer who wanted a narrow cantle.  The original specs he ordered were 4 3/4" tall by 11" wide at 40 degrees (which is a good cantle angle for that height of… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/of-cantle-width-and-dish/

Speaking of cantle angles...

Looking at how Visalia described their cantles a long, long time ago got me thinking about how, though we describe things in different words, we are still trying to communicate with our customers about the same things.
Subscribe to RSS Feed When it comes to saddle trees, there is no question that the cantle is the most complicated part to make.  Some days I swear that cantles have… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/speaking-of-cantle-angles/

Pro Roper saddle tree

Here are pictures and a description of the Pro Roper trees I shipped out today.
Subscribe to RSS Feed Here are some pictures of a couple of Pro Roper saddle trees we shipped out today.  They are both headed to the same saddle maker in Manitoba… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/pro-roper-saddle-tree/

This past week - inside

Pictures from the shop - and more about cantles.
Subscribe to RSS Feed So if you are tired of pictures of snow (I am, especially the one outside my window), here's some pictures from the inside of the shop this… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/this-past-week-inside/

Cantles - making them symmetrical

Making our trees symmetrical is very important. Here's pictures of the basic steps we use to do this with our cantles.
Subscribe to RSS Feed I was once asked "How do you make trees symmetrical if you don't have a duplicating machine?"  It was a new question to me, and it rather… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/cantles-making-them-symmetrical/

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

Here are some lower cantles compared to our more common orders, and some ideas as to why we have a few all at one time.
We don’t get a lot of orders for 3” tall cantles.  In fact, I just checked the numbers and prior to this string of orders, we have only made 24 3” tall cantles out of the 2078… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/one-of-these-things-is-not-like-the-other1/

Taylor versus regular cantles – see the difference

This is one of the most difficult things to explain about trees. Hopefully the pictures will help.
Subscribe to RSS Feed We recently built two trees that were almost identical.  Forks, fit and seat length were all the same.  The cantles had the same specs too for… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/taylor-versus-regular-cantles-see-the-difference/