Rod's been busy...
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.)
filling up the drying stones again! Five trees drying now. Sideways on the left is a Wade with an 8" wide fork (hard to see from this angle). Then, going left to right, a 13 " wide OY Calf Roper, a 14 1/4" wide Modifed Association, a 9" wide Wade and a 14" wide wood post Louellen.
When the rawhide is wet, it is always whitish. As it dries, it goes clearer, and the color changes depending on what color the hide was originally. The Louellen on the right and the Wade on the left are obviously blacks, and the other Wade and the Modified Association will go a nice tan color since they were from red bulls. As white as the OY Calf Roper looks now, it will go dark since it was from a black bull. There is a variation in how dark they get, so it may not be quite as dark as the one on the left, but it will be a dark color when it is dry.