When we go away, even for a day or two, we have to make sure the trees we leave behind are dry enough not to need daily attention. This means that when we get back, the trees are generally dry enough to varnish, leaving our drying surfaces empty. But the…
This is what our drying stones look like at the moment.
This is what they normally look like.
Why the difference? Let me explain… Rawhide covered saddle trees need to… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/the-cupboard-was-bare/
Hamley Hangers are metal stirrup bars to go on Western saddles. The Hamley company came up with this design many years ago, but they never became really popular. We finally had a chance to build a tree with them. This is how we did it.
We just shipped out a tree with our first order for Hamley Hangers in 15 ½ years of building trees. It is fun to be in a profession where you can still be doing different things… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/hamley-hangers/
I figured out the proportion of Wades, metal horn forks and wood post swell forks so I could know how much wood to buy for the coming year. Turns out the numbers aren't a whole pile different than what we were doing 10 years ago.
The cows we have been custom grazing for the summer go home next week, so after that it will be time for our annual trip to Edmonton to buy wood for the saddle trees for the next… https://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/crunching-the-numbers/