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Old 03-15-2020, 09:43 AM
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Just finished this up this week and still have to deliver it. They sent me a picture of a saddle rack made out of T-posts and hair on cowhide and asked if I could make something like that to display a trophy saddle they got for being the all around champion at the quarter horse congress. I asked if they wanted it made with T-posts and all that stuff, and he said not really he just wanted something decorative that would look good in their house, so I was kind of given free reign to do what I wanted and I came up with this.

The cross member in the bottom is a giant snaffle bit (part of the bridle that goes in the horses mouth) I forged. The frame is all twisted half inch square bar, 1"-14 gauge square tubing, and some flat bar I bent up by hand.

The top is pine that I burnt with a torch and finished with birchwood casey tru oil. It has 5 coats on it if IIRC. All the blocking is to make a saddle sit on it with enough stability that someone can sit on it without it sliding off the side, you kind of have to figure someone will take it for a ride at some point if it is sitting in the house.

The nameplate on the front is leather that I tooled and put an antique finish on. It is attached with contact cement and copper tacks.

All in all this was a pretty fun project, although I sunk more time in it than I planned. I tend to get a rough idea in my head and I will start working and then stop and sit around thinking of what the next step is and debating what to do. I really should try to get better about designing things on paper.
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Old 03-15-2020, 10:31 AM
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That's beautiful, they should really like it.
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Old 03-15-2020, 01:03 PM
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Yep, they should be way happy with that
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Old 03-15-2020, 04:08 PM
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Very nice!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-15-2020, 06:03 PM
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Looks really great. That stand should really add to the saddles look appeal.


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Old 03-16-2020, 12:45 AM
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Outstanding! The burnt pine is the finishing touch that really makes it stand out.

I really like the snaffle bit, too.
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Old 03-16-2020, 08:16 AM
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Fantabulous!
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