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    03-20-2011, 03:01 AM

I've stumbled upon a couple of places before where they teach you to make saddles and I think at some point in my life, I would love to do that. I ride Western and I love the tooling in (most) saddles. I also loveeee the smell of leather and enjoy work much more if I'm working with my hands and keeping them busy.

If I could ever get the money to go to one of the "schools" (there's one in Montana that I know of, which isn't that far from me), I want to know if I'd like it or even be good at it. It'd be such a cool job to work for someone, making saddles. Or even for a company doing it. Even more so: Always custom saddles you've made yourself.

Has anyone else ever done a saddlemaking "school"? Or at least think it would be a fantastic job?
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    03-20-2011, 04:40 AM
I think it would be great!! Go for it
    03-20-2011, 10:51 AM
The place in Montana is like $5000. Definitely don't have that right now and I might need to do some car shopping soon if mine continues to die further. One day!
    03-20-2011, 11:42 AM
You could always self start on some smaller leather items to see if it is going to be something you really want to do in the long run. There is also a custom saddle maker here in ND, you could always email or call them and see if you can't come by and talk to them and see what all is involved. Sandhills Saddlery, Custom Made Western Saddles and Tack by Shawn Kramer Saddle Maker
    03-20-2011, 03:41 PM
Oooh. Towner's not far from home. *plots* Thanks.

On another note, there's a different Sandhills place out by Kindred. You'd think there was sand everywhere here. Haha.
    03-21-2011, 08:09 AM
There's a great number of "schools" available. I would estimate that the minimum you'll pay is $3000. They can range anywhere from 2 weeks and up in length. You're cramming a bunch of information in if you go to a 2 week school.... If you work for a saddlemaking company, you're usually just working on one segment of it.

I have a friend local to me who did the tooling on the saddles. The company would send her the leather and the pattern they wanted, and she would tool it. She would then ship the finished pieces to the company where they would assemble the saddle.

There is a ton of information to absorb and consider when it comes to making saddles. Way more than my little ol' peabrain can keep track of. :)
    03-22-2011, 01:06 AM
Haha. After I get all of my papers done for classes in the next few days, I am going to go to the craft store and look for leather to play around with. I figured saddlemaking companies worked in somewhat of a assembly line fashion.

I would have to take notes all the time if I went to a 2 week school or I'd never remember. Haha.

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