Making tack for yourself is one thing but to sell to others really isn't financially feasible. The manufacturers have equipment that can cut many pieces at a time and get volume discounts on leather that we can't hope to get even at wholesale. There are also so many saddlemakers that for many it's not the day job, plus trying to compete against the manufacturers. Knowing how to make a saddle is good as it's needed to do all types of saddle repair.
I agree with you to a point. It depends on the level and quality of stuff you are building. As far regular working tack, for sure, you can't compete with a clicker machine when you are hand cutting each piece. But if you become very proficient and find yourself a niche you can make money. We have several friends who support a family or a make substantial supplemental income from building quality custom gear. Posted via Mobile Device