Clair 2018

So, I’m kind of a blogger…

...some of you have followed me since day dot (April 2015) when I started my journey of working as a Corporate PA to training to become a Saddler.

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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...

Week 7 of Olly’s update

Week 7 of Olly's update is very dull due to the aftermath of Storm Emma/Beast from the East. In true British style the News stations were totally right. We see a flurry of snow and the country goes to pot. I get it though, after living in town for the first 30 years of my life, I have witnessed people driving in snow conditions that would question how on earth they got a licence in the first place but now that we live out in the sticks, a flurry of snow grinds most traffic to a standstill and the only traffic we do end up seeing is eitherthe odd brave Artic lorry perservering with its delivery trip, a tractor or a 4x4 of some sort. My sincere thoughts and praise must be given to the 1000's of farmers in our country who continue to look after their livestock in this weather as well as help their communites to clear main roads and lanes...

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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