I started a temporary gig last week, designing ads for a newspaper. I'll be out of the studio Mondays and Fridays from now until the end of May, but this week I volunteered to work on Tuesday as well, since one of their regulars would be out of the office on press day - one of the busiest days of the week for a newspaper. I only stayed until 1:30, but WHEW. I've been away at work (as opposed to working from home) for only three days and the house is a mess.

I've been scrambling around trying to get house and studio back in line before I start some studio work tomorrow, so all that I have to share right now are some new things I picked up today and over the weekend! Hopefully I'll be able to write some blog posts about some of them over the next few days!


  1. I just found your blog and love all your tack! I've dabbled a bit into tack making but the only semi-successful pieces I've made are a Traditional halter and Classics bridle from RioRondo kits. I'm currently attempting a prototype for a western set to fit the Dungaree mold with some leftover RioRondo tooling leather. I was wondering how you do miniature saddle rigging. Do you really have a working cinch? Also how do you manage to cover that tiny horn and pommel properly? One last question-what leather do you use? Hope that wasn't too many-I've been enjoying looking through your blog archives and learning a lot.

  2. Hi Anna! Quick answers: the cinch does indeed work, very thin leather is used to cover the horn and pommel, and I use 1-2oz tooling calf or tooling sheepskin (which I just picked up recently). I highly recommend looking at real western saddles to see how they're put together! I think I have a blog post showing several shots of my real saddle. Caveat - it's a no-name saddle and not great, but it gives some good clues :)