Back to the making of a saddle. I start by cutting the stirrup leathers out of the back of one hide. It has the length and strength needed for that piece. The first piece I will put on the tree is under the gullet. That is one place where some flanker type of leatherContinue reading

Taking off where I left off last week, to build a saddle you need various types of leather and materials. Most quality saddles are made from a wood tree covered in rawhide. Some makers make their own trees and others, like me, buy our trees from reputable makers.  I make many on what is calledContinue reading

Seems like it is supposed to get warmer. Many people are pretty put out that it is going to get up into the 90’s! I guess I am old. Seems like most of my life when July comes around we always expected it to get hot! Since when is it supposed to be cool inContinue reading

Not much new news around here. Still dry. Rains seem to mostly pass us by. And with that, also the hail, some have been getting. Which is a blessing. What little graze we have would sure be missed if it were hailed off! One year quite a few years ago, we had a dry yearContinue reading

Rain!!! As I write this we just had a wonderful rain come thur’. Not sure how much we got, but I am happy for any amount. I hate to be greedy, but I am not sure how much we’d have to get before it would make me unhappy! From what I have read there areContinue reading

I took off Saturday afternoon and drove to Harrison, Neb, for a gig. I went south of Hot Springs and came in at Crawford. I hate to be that guy, but man, I am jealous! Green and hay! From Rapid City south it looked great. They had many more bales in their fields than anyoneContinue reading