Saddle Making Training – Week 1

Back in November (2017) I attended another training session at the Saddlery Training Centre in Salisbury...to embark upon the Level 2 Saddle Making training. According to the City and Guilds Level 2 Saddlery specification I am required to make a pony saddle using a wooden saddle tree. The seat must be pigskin or hide, the skirts and flaps must be solid with knee rolls and gussets being optional. The panel should be a Continental or Saumur type and the filling should be wool only. Here is my 16.5" pony saddle wooden tree that I was welcomed with...

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SMS Saddlery Competition

On Monday last week (5th February '18), my husband and I travelled down to London to attend the Society of Master Saddlers National Saddlery Competition evening presentation as earlier this year I had submitted an entry form. It is one of the most anticipated events of a Saddler's diary especially if they have entered one …

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What a year 2017 has ended up being.

Who would have thought that this time last year I was signed off work for what was to be a three month break. Depression and anxiety had crept back into the forefront of my mind following six months of true unhappiness in the day job. I had broken up for the festive holidays a few …

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Making my first proper sale…

Christmas 2016 was the first real opportunity for me to make and sell some leather products since launching my business, The Lady Saddler in September. Due to still working full time, being a mum and a wife as well as attend saddler training every three months meant I already had a lot to do so I didn't …

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