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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.
Subscribe to RSS Feed When we started the business over twenty years ago, Rod built his workbench, and the table. He built them the same height as each other so they… 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… 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...
Subscribe to RSS Feed Well, Rod rawhided his last tree on July 23rd. Now not only is the orders-in-waiting clip empty, but the working-on-orders clips… 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?
Subscribe to RSS Feed with another tree on the wall waiting to be rawhided. There were a couple of trees waiting to be varnished as the last step in the… 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...
Subscribe to RSS Feed 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… 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...
Subscribe to RSS Feed We had a question a few days ago from an old customer. He was wondering if we were still building trees as he knew we were shutting things… 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...
Subscribe to RSS Feed So what’s the most important piece of equipment in the shop?  Is it the Big Band Saw, that makes those oh-so-important cuts on the bars?… 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
Subscribe to RSS Feed We’ve had an additional body around the shop the past couple of weeks. He’s a “kid” from just down the road. We’ve known him since he was… 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...
Subscribe to RSS Feed 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… 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...
Subscribe to RSS Feed Yup, we’re still working around the shop. Just haven’t been taking the time to post pictures lately. Things are looking a bit emptier now… 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...
Subscribe to RSS Feed Shortly after “the student” left, we took a week away. (I told you it was an intensive course! We needed a break…) Actually, we had been… 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...
Subscribe to RSS Feed Rod is still building trees… And rawhiding trees… And making rawhide (so much nicer outside in the summer!)… Here’s some… 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...
Subscribe to RSS Feed 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… 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...
Subscribe to RSS Feed Rod saw this in a Lee Valley catalogue a few weeks ago and thought it would be useful in the shop, so when I went to Edmonton early in… 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 We have Rod pounding the seams on said saddle trees twice a day. We have recently made trees that have been recently varnished to water… 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...
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… 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...
Wood for bars and cantles still waiting to be cut out… Wood for bars and forks still waiting to be glued up… Fairly empty wood shelves waiting to be filled,… 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… 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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