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The things we record and why - part four

What we keep track of about cantles, horns and other miscellaneous bits and pieces.
Cantle type The first thing we record is the cantle “type”, and there are only two real choices in that column – regular or Taylor.  What are these and why do we… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/the-things-we-record-and-why-part-four/

We told you it would be good...

A very sad tale of the life, and death, of a saddle tree.
Subscribe to RSS Feed Our saying has always been "We won't say you can't break one of our trees, but we do say we want to hear the story, because it's going to be… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/we-told-you-it-would-be-good/

Reason #8 to order a hand made tree - special requests are honored

Getting something a little different or "just what the customer wanted" is why a lot of people look for custom trees. For a true, hand made tree maker, this isn't a problem and is usually pretty fun to do!
There are many "little" things that a tree maker can do to make things easier for a saddle maker to build a saddle the way they want to.  Things like how much… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/reason-8-to-order-a-hand-made-tree-special-requests-are-honored/

Off to the Heritage Ranch Rodeo

Here are some of the trees we are taking to show at the Artisan's show during the Heritage Ranch Rodeo in Edmonton this year.
Subscribe to RSS Feed Well, Saturday we are headed south to Edmonton.  We have been invited again this year to participate in the Artisan's show during the Heritage… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/off-to-the-heritage-ranch-rodeo/

Now that's a fancy horn cap!

Silver horn cap made by Richard Brooks on an exposed jarrah wood horn cap.
Subscribe to RSS Feed I showed you a picture of this horn back in February.   But now I can show you a picture of it with the fancy horn cap installed... We are no… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/now-that-s-a-fancy-horn-cap/

Working on an exposed wood post horn cap

Some of the steps in finishing an exposed wood post horn cap.
Subscribe to RSS Feed Here's the line up that he uses after the grinder, sander, rasp and 80 grit sandpaper he normally uses on everything.  (The 80 grit is the small… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/working-on-an-exposed-wood-post-horn-cap/

Reasons #1 and #2 to order a hand made tree - materials and workmanship

Here are some explanations for the top two reasons we start with when asked why someone should pay the extra money to order a good hand made tree.
Subscribe to RSS Feed When we try to give people good reasons to order a hand made tree as opposed to a production tree, the two reasons we discuss first are always the… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/reasons-1-and-2-to-order-a-hand-made-tree-materials-and-workmans/

Exposed Padauk wood horn cap

Beautiful wood for an exposed horn cap. This one sure is shiny!
Subscribe to RSS Feed Something we did differently with this horn cap than with previous one was to make plugs to cover the screw holes.  Prior to this, all the… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/exposed-padauk-wood-horn-cap/

One of these things is not like the other...

A look at different horns on Wade trees.
Subscribe to RSS Feed It is unusual for us to build three orders with horn caps this large all at one time. Anything larger than a 4" horn cap is fairly uncommon, and… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/one-of-these-things-is-not-like-the-other/