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"The student"

A description of our tree making course and how it went for one student.
Subscribe to RSS Feed The last couple weeks of July we hosted Vern Rempel of VR Saddlery as we taught him how to build trees for his own saddles. Vern has been a… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/student/

Saddle trees and gravitational pull

Whenever we do a trade show, there is a certain tree or style of tree we bring that always attracts the most attention, and which one or style it is can vary...
We don't do a lot of trade shows, but we have done a few in different places.  We usually try to take a variety of trees with us - a finished Wade, a finished wood post swell… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/saddle-trees-and-gravitational-pull/

From here to there

Sometimes our boxes arrive at their destination with lots of colour. Here's why...
Subscribe to RSS Feed Gary Winckler from WS Saddles sent a short e-mail - "Who gets to lick all these stamps?"  The answer is - the workers at our local post office.  Of… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/from-here-to-there/

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 Well, Saturday we are headed south to Edmonton.  We have been invited again this year to participate in the Artisan's show during the Heritage… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/off-to-the-heritage-ranch-rodeo/

Home from Sheridan

We're back!!!
Well, 3683 km (2302 miles) and almost 40 hours of driving later, we're home from Sheridan! Subscribe to RSS Feed We really enjoyed our time down there,… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/home-from-sheridan/

Understanding Saddle Trees seminars

On May 17, 2012 we did two seminars on Understanding Saddle Trees at the Sheridan Leatherworkers Trade Show. In the morning we did The Top Side, pertaining to the rider and the look of the cantle and fork. In the afternoon we did The Bottom Side, pertai…
We were pleased with the attendance at the seminars.  The participants asked questions and not too many fell asleep, despite just sitting and listening right after lunch...… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/understanding-saddle-trees-seminars/

Packing up for Sheridan

Rocky Mountain Leather Trade Show here we come!
Subscribe to RSS Feed We are heading out way too early tomorrow morning, starting our drive to Sheridan Wyoming for the 2012 Rocky Mountain Leather Trade Show.  So… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/packing-up-for-sheridan/

The Artisans Show at the Heritage Ranch Rodeo

Some pictures of the saddle makers from the Artisan's show at the Heritage Ranch Rodeo at Edmonton, Alberta, November 6-8, 2011.
It was quiet at times during the show and so we did lots of visiting with the other makers.  Since saddle makers spend most of their time alone in their shops, getting a… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/the-artisans-show-at-the-heritage-ranch-rodeo/

Artisan's Show at the Heritage Ranch Rodeo

We have been invited to be part of the Artisan’s Show that is associated with the Heritage Ranch Rodeo, in Edmonton Alberta on November 6 - 8, 2011. There will be saddle makers, rawhide braiders, silversmiths, a western photographer and an entertainer, p…
What, Where and When? We have been invited to be part of the Artisan’s Show that is associated with the Heritage Ranch Rodeo, during Farmfair and just before the Canadian… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/artisan-s-show-at-the-heritage-ranch-rodeo/