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Around the shop this week...

Took a few pictures of "normal" around here, and one of not so normal...
Subscribe to RSS Feed We are no longer building saddle trees, but we have two videos about how Western saddles fit horses available on our westernsaddlefit.com website.… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/around-shop-week/

In process...

Some of the things we have had in process around here today...
Subscribe to RSS Feed It has been a while since I just took pictures around the place to show you what happens around here on a run of the mill type of day.  So - here you… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/process/

At the ugliest stage...

Not that it's always bad, but sometimes things just don't look as nice as at other times...
Subscribe to RSS Feed We are no longer building saddle trees, but we have two videos about how Western saddles fit horses available on our westernsaddlefit.com website.… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/ugliest-stage/

You know it is getting to be spring...

Subscribe to RSS Feed when Rod is back working outside... We are no longer building saddle trees, but we have two videos about how Western saddles fit horses… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/you-know-it-getting-be-spring/

I need to move lumber...

Another little job that is more difficult here than it would be in Australia...
Subscribe to RSS Feed and I need to refill them with lumber from our wood storage shed. The impediment to doing this easily is only about 2 ½ feet of snow…… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/i-need-move-lumber/

Around the shop last week

Pictures of some trees, and Rod rawhiding a tree. Just normal stuff. Well, almost all is normal stuff...
Subscribe to RSS Feed Last week was a pretty typical week around here. Rod built trees and rawhided trees. I did up wood and varnished trees. Pretty normal… We are… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/around-shop-last-week/

Spontaneity is not an option…

Building saddle trees means babysitting them as they dry, and that leaves no room for an impulsive style of life.
Subscribe to RSS Feed We are no longer building saddle trees, but we have two videos about how Western saddles fit horses available on our westernsaddlefit.com website.… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/spontaneity-is-not-an-option/

Division of labour

What I do in the shop, versus what Rod does...
Subscribe to RSS Feed In response to an e-mail discussion today, here is an old poem I put together a while back to explain my (Denise’s) part in the tree making process.… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/division-of-labour/

What's happening at the Nikkel's?

It's been a tad busy around here lately...
Subscribe to RSS Feed Well, the flowers are still blooming like crazy in front of the house and the shop. We are no longer building saddle trees, but… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/what-s-happening-at-the-nikkel-s/

Our life has been filled

This past couple weeks have been a tad hectic... but all with good things!!
Subscribe to RSS Feed with good things lately… We did our yearly wood buying trip to Edmonton, and now our wood storage is filled for the year. Doodle and… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/our-life-has-been-filled/

Around the shop today

It was raining outside, so I took pictures inside the shop today. Just a regular old work day at the Nikkel's...
Subscribe to RSS Feed We are no longer building saddle trees, but we have two videos about how Western saddles fit horses available on our westernsaddlefit.com website.… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/around-the-shop-today/

What's up in the shop

Some pictures of the current work and trees in the shop today.
Subscribe to RSS Feed We are no longer building saddle trees, but we have two videos about how Western saddles fit horses available on our westernsaddlefit.com website.… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/what-s-up-in-the-shop/

Shipping Trees

One of the things we do regularly - otherwise, what would be the point of making them???
Subscribe to RSS Feed We are no longer building saddle trees, but we have two videos about how Western saddles fit horses available on our westernsaddlefit.com website.… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/shipping-trees1/

Something different!

Here's what was new and different around the shop today.
Subscribe to RSS Feed We are no longer building saddle trees, but we have two videos about how Western saddles fit horses available on our westernsaddlefit.com website.… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/something-different/

Just some shots around the shop

Another normal day in the shop, and this is what the camera found to photograph...
Subscribe to RSS Feed We are no longer building saddle trees, but we have two videos about how Western saddles fit horses available on our westernsaddlefit.com website.… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/just-some-shots-around-the-shop/

They come in waves...

Just noticing what is in the shop at the moment, and seeing a pattern to how the orders often come in - for no apparent reason...
Subscribe to RSS Feed We are no longer building saddle trees, but we have two videos about how Western saddles fit horses available on our westernsaddlefit.com website.… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/they-come-in-waves/

Before, after and another kind of FULL

Changes in trees and lots of barrels in the shop tonight.
Subscribe to RSS Feed We are no longer building saddle trees, but we have two videos about how Western saddles fit horses available on our westernsaddlefit.com website.… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/before-after-and-another-kind-of-full/

FULL

Everything around here seems full today...
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Safety equipment around the shop

Tree making isn't ranked real high on the dangerous occupation list, but there are some things that make life safer, short and long term, that are wise to use.
Subscribe to RSS Feed You wouldn't think that saddle tree making would be a profession overly fraught with danger, but there are enough things that can cause health… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/safety-equipment-around-the-shop/

Cutting lace - a mundane, but important, part of the job

Just one more of the things that are hard to factor into the equation when someone says "how many hours do you put into each tree?"
Subscribe to RSS Feed We use rawhide to lace our trees as we feel it is the best material out there for the job.  And we make our own rawhide, usually out of deer… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/cutting-lace-a-rather-mundane-but-important-job/