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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/

Around the shop last week

Pictures of some trees, and Rod rawhiding a tree. Just normal stuff. Well, almost all is normal stuff...
Subscribe to RSS Feed Here’s a couple of trees we currently have drying. They were just a few days past rawhiding at this point. The Wade on the left has a the… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/around-shop-last-week/

More trees-that-aren’t-Wades

More pictures of different types of metal horn forks we have built over the past few weeks and months.
This Norton is 13” wide.  This is a Hamley pattern.  Between the Severe family and Warren Wright of New Zealand, a lot of the original Hamley patterns are still around.… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/more-trees-arent-wades/

Of storms and non-Wade trees

Pictures of what has been happening outside and inside the shop, and why we haven't shown you these pictures earlier...
Subscribe to RSS Feed On January 14th, there was a major windstorm all through northern Alberta with record breaking winds of up to 120 km/hr (75 mph).  Now that may… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/storms-and-non-wade-trees/

Another Charro tree

Not all charro trees are created the same...
But from the side, it is pretty easy to see that it is a Charro style fork. We have had more comments and e-mails about the charro tree we showed you before than any other… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/another-charro-tree/

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...
Here are four trees we shipped out over a week ago. Three Wades and a Modified Association. All the Wades are 8” fork widths, while the Association is 13” wide. All four of… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/around-the-shop-plus/

Contrasts and Comparisons...

Comparing three forks and diagnosing why they look the way they do.
Rod finished rawhiding this set of trees today, and I had fun comparing a few things between them before he got at them. These pictures will show some of the optical illusions… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/contrasts-and-comparisons/

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 It was raining outside today, like it has for the majority of days in July so far, so I decided to snap some pictures of what was going on… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/around-the-shop-today/

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/

We told you it would be good...

A very sad tale of the life, and death, of a saddle tree.
Subscribe to RSS Feed Our saying has always been "We won't say you can't break one of our trees, but we do say we want to hear the story, because it's going to be… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/we-told-you-it-would-be-good/

Of trees, and trees...

Inside trees and outside trees - we worked with both this week.
Hers is a barrel racing style tree... and his is a Wade.  By the way, freshly rawhided trees are at the ugliest stage of production.  They look like everything is… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/of-trees-and-trees/

Off to the Heritage Ranch Rodeo

Here are some of the trees we are taking to show at the Artisan's show during the Heritage Ranch Rodeo in Edmonton this year.
Subscribe to RSS Feed One of these trees will go with us to meet its maker - saddle maker, that is - down south.  The Decker pack tree was shipped off to Germany… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/off-to-the-heritage-ranch-rodeo/

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.
This is a 13" wide Pro Low Roper fork.  We got a call saying that a customer of theirs had an old saddle and wanted another one just like it, but they couldn't get the same… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/a-few-trees-from-the-past-weeks/

Just a neat looking tree

Take a normal Will James fork outline shape, add a wood post horn, extra stock and one inch of back sweep and you get a really nice looking tree.
Subscribe to RSS Feed This is a 14" wide Will James fork outline pattern with a wood post horn.  I wrote another post about Will James forks back in April.  Since… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/just-a-neat-looking-tree/

Ya gotta look inside...

Comparing two horse of vastly different builds, and two trees of vastly different specs...
Maybe this post should be called "a tale of two horses". Meet Mouse.  He is a Fjord.  He's short.  For those familiar with the Dennis Lane system, he reads D10 at A, larger… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/ya-gotta-look-inside/

Yesterday in the shop

Some of what we did and a look at some trees ready to ship.
Subscribe to RSS Feed Yesterday in the shop Rod finished building another side saddle tree.  Since he had most of it done the day before, it only took the morning to… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/yesterday-in-the-shop/

Pro Roper saddle tree

Here are pictures and a description of the Pro Roper trees I shipped out today.
Subscribe to RSS Feed This one is 13" wide, and has a gullet height of 8".  Both are 4" at the hand hole and have a 90 degree bar angle. Here is a side view… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/pro-roper-saddle-tree/

It's been metal horn swell fork month

Less than half the trees we build have a metal horn as the majority of our customers go for a wood post horn on either slick or swell forks. But this month has been the opposite.
Subscribe to RSS Feed It is funny how things come in groups.  A few months ago I wrote a post about all the Wades we had on order.  Well, June has been metal horn… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/it-s-been-metal-horn-swell-fork-month/

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