Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
• Horses: 0
Assuming Unclearthur was right and the leather in the panels was poorly cared for and stiff, I went to work on the leather last night. Gave it a good soaking with leatherbalm. I've done that before, but what the heck, I have a whole new tub - why not. Not much difference this morning. So when the sun came out this afternoon, I slathered it up again, only this time I set it down on the hot deck and massaged the balm into the leather with all my weight on my knuckles. No bread has ever been kneaded so well. It's softer. My hands are raw (and well-conditioned), but I swear those panels actually softened up a bit.
The panels still aren't great, but they're almost respectable. I may ask my saddler to even out the flocking in a couple places with his hook, I'll add the 1/2 pad, and I think we'll be good.
Renee, what would be the difference between counterlining it and adding the half-pad other than that the 1/2 pad isn't physically attached to it? I've never heard of counterlining, so I feel I'm missing something?