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post #1 of 7 Old 06-12-2013, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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Question Fixing the Billets on an English Saddle

I have a older saddle that I have recently been repairing and the billets on the left side just both ripped. I was wondering if it is worth repairing them? How would you fix them? The rest of the saddle is in great condition.

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-12-2013, 01:14 PM
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I'd let a professional leather worker replace billets. In fact, I have. Not something that I'd want to be mucking about with.
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Contact someone who works with leather professionally. You can bring it in and ask for an estimate, and decide from there if the value of the saddle is worth the restoration cost. If it's a cheap saddle I wouldn't even bother with it, but if it is a nice older model then it may be worth it!
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If you've been repairing it, have the webs gone or the straps just detached?

The former is a fairly complicated repair to ensure safety, but stitching the straps back on isn't too hard. With a lot of older saddles the webs aren't that long, so to re-attached girth straps you have to undo the head stitching to get at them, but that's not too difficult to re-do if you have a long enough awl.

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Replacing the billets should be easy for a leather worker to do. When I looked into it for one of my saddles, I was quoted $20 per billet.
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Replacing the billets should be easy for a leather worker to do. When I looked into it for one of my saddles, I was quoted $20 per billet.
That's what they charge here, too.
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-15-2013, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Great thank I think that I will take it into a leather worker and have them fix it if is only around $20 each. Thank You Guys!

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