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The Table

One of the "tools" we used in the shop for over twenty years and the results of that use.
The table had many uses over the years. Originally it was the primary surface for varnishing trees until we built the varnishing bench after the addition. Often it was just… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/table/

The last tree

A final saga of the stages of building a saddle tree.
Subscribe to RSS Feed has been built… with a beautiful bubinga horn cap. It has been varnished… and rawhided and dried… and varnished…… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/last-tree/

Semi-retirement

He's got about two weeks of transition here...
The shop is looking different as well. We have gone through everything and made piles of all the tools on benches and around the shop in preparation for selling them to Greg… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/semi-retirement/

11:10 am

What was different in the shop today at 11:10 am?
Around about 11:10 am today things in the shop looked pretty much like they may have looked any time in the last quite-a-few years. Rod was rawhiding a tree… Subscribe to… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/1110-am/

Getting to The Lasts...

No, we are not getting into boot making. Just getting closer to finishing up the last few trees...
Like we said last November, this has been a long winter of goodbyes, as one by one we have made The Last tree for individual customers, some of whom we have been supplying… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/getting-lasts/

Are you still building trees?

Still building, for another couple of months. And doing some fun things with them too...
This past two weeks, Rod has been teaching our last student to build trees. While we have offered our course for many years, it is only during the last couple that anyone has… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/are-you-still-building-trees/

The most important tool in the shop

It isn't very big, but it's vital...
Or the jointer/planer that makes the wood smooth enough to laminate and gives us the correct stock thickness for every tree? Or the belt sander that shapes and smooths… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/most-important-tool-shop/

Kids these days...

An examination of word meanings and a teaser introduction
He’s a “kid” from just down the road. We’ve known him since he was twelve years old and watched him grow up into a really good guy. So what that he's over twenty five… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/kids-these-days/

Waiting...

Building trees takes time, with lots of down time during the process...
Subscribe to RSS Feed I snapped some pictures around the shop this morning and realized that pretty much everything there was waiting for something. For example, the… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/waiting/

And thus begins...

the long good-bye...
the long goodbye… Rod has spent a lot of time on the phone over the last week calling customers, and then we sent out the e-mail which started: “To our customers,… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/and-thus-begins/

Around the shop today

It's been a while since we posted pictures around the shop. Yup, it's still there...
Things are looking a bit emptier now that we have gotten through the backlog and Rod is able to cut down the number of trees he builds. Nope, his hands aren’t any better. Yup,… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/around-shop-today/

Visiting, visitors and what we've been doing in between

Family, friends and professors - wood, trees and rawhide - it's all here...
We also visited a few other people on that trip. We stayed overnight with Ron and Lynn, long term friends of Rod’s we hadn’t seen for a while in Innisfail. We stopped in for… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/visiting-visitors-and-what-weve-been-doing-between/

Yup, we're still working away...

Some of what has been happening around the Nikkel's lately...
I noticed that it has been a while since I posted anything about what had been going on around the shop work wise. Rod is still going at normal rate building trees. We had… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/yup-were-still-working-away/

Modifications

Some changes we have made around here. Ergonomics matter. Start earlier than we did...
It’s been interesting around here the last few weeks. Rod has been having problems with his hands for a while now, and on March 13th, he was diagnosed with… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/modifications/

Rod's new toy

Adding another small piece of equipment to make life easier...
It comes with a bracket which Rod used to attach it to the wall behind the wood stove. (Tucked into the shelves like that is should be safe from damage…) He adjusted the… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/rods-new-toy/

Happy New Year!

Pictures around the shop in the new year.
Subscribe to RSS Feed So, what is happening around the shop in 2015? Well, we have recently rawhided saddle trees drying on their marble surface. We have Rod… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/happy-new-year/

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...
Subscribe to RSS Feed 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… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/when-shop-gets-crowded/

It's been a while

Just pictures around the shop the way they are today...
Subscribe to RSS Feed since I did an “around the shop today” kind of post, so here it is. I went out to the shop with the camera and just took some pictures of things,… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/its-been-while/

So ya wanna build saddle trees? part one

Here's some of the reasons we have heard why people want to learn to build saddle trees.
Subscribe to RSS Feed On occasion we get people asking about learning to build trees. While we have an information packet we send out to people who ask (because we are… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/so-ya-wanna-build-saddle-trees-part-one/

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… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/old-and-new/

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