12-20-2012, 10:59 PM
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I just had a look at the ralide trees, apparently there is quite a bit of variation in quality, like anything I guess. But it seems if you get a good quality one they aren’t too bad. Found a horse forum where someone who is a saddler gave their opinion of them and they said that if you get a good one they are pretty good but they don’t seem to hold nails and screws over the long term as well as might be wanted. And they are dirt cheap compared to a wood and rawhide one. I got a quote for a wood and rawhide wade tree yesterday; I’m planning on building a new Charro saddle as soon as I can afford a tree. The people I linked above from Canada gave a quote of $650, which is about right (actually probably a bit cheaper given that they make some seriously good quality by the looks of it and can customise every aspect of it (the Canadian postal service on the other hand is EXPENCIVE $310 to post it to Australia). The ralide ones I found on the net are less than 50 bucks.