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.)
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 are all empty as well.
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 Cymbaluk, another young tree maker just starting out.
But as you can see, there are still a few trees drying and being varnished before being shipped out.
And Rod is still pounding seams and setting nails for this last week before they all are ready to go, so he’s not fully retired yet. But it sure looks like he is getting into the swing of things by his clothing, doesn’t it? (And yes, I have his permission to post pictures of him wearing shorts. It’s been hot out!)
We’re also still spending a lot of time filming the final bits and pieces for our saddle fitting videos because in another couple of weeks we will no longer own the backdrop or the horses, the trees will all be shipped away and the saddles and other gear will be in storage for a few years. So what isn’t done by the time we move, won’t be done.
So things are definitely not quite normal around the place. Here is Rod being the supervisor rather than the one wrestling hides around as Greg starts making his first set of rawhide.
Doesn’t look like he is minding the change in roles, does it?