And thus begins...
We are no longer building saddle trees. We have two saddle fit videos available on our westernsaddlefit.com website. Western Saddle Fit - The Basics, aimed at riders, is available either on DVD or streaming on Vimeo while the six hour series Well Beyond the Basics, aimed more for professionals but understandable by anyone, is available by streaming on Vimeo. (We left this website up because we have had many requests to keep the information available.)
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,
Yes, this another of those e-mails we would prefer we didn’t have to write, but our world is changing again and we need to let you know about it. Rod’s arthritis is not getting much/any relief from the changes we have made and the medical treatments he has been having, so we have made the difficult decision to close our book and stop building saddle trees.”
We have orders which will take us through mid-summer 2016, after which the equipment will be for sale and we will move on to another phase of our lives. We’re not going away just yet, but our book is now closed. (By the way, does anyone else remember these binders? It has lasted much longer as a tree maker’s order book than it ever did as a Life Saving Manual for my Bronze Medallion course!)
In the meantime, we would love to teach other people to build trees – people who are serious about building trees as a profession, for their own saddles but especially for custom saddle makers. If anyone is interested, please contact us for more information.
Thanks to all our customers, friends, those who have helped us over the years, offering encouragement, feedback, suggestions and support to us. This has been a fantastic business for us and we have met so many wonderful people through it. We appreciate you all.
I wish you the best – and may Rod’s hand get better!