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Ashleysmardigrasgirl 09-21-2012 01:04 AM

Found a jerald horse cart new resoration project. PIC HEAVY
so ive been in the market for a new horse cart for a while and finally found one in an old barn that I liked that strangely wasn't even advertised as for sale. I'm really excited to get to be able to do the restoration as it's mostly minor fabric stitching no major stuff... It's mostly in need of paint fixing, seat reupholstered, and basket cover (boot? I think) patched oh and I need to get new tubes for the tires which I'm quite certain I already have puncture proof solid rubber ones that will fit but, alas we;ll find out.

I've never done this before but I do have access to some really experienced horsemen who've been driving for ages and really do know their stuff but before I go and talk people to death I'd love to hear what others might have to say. Any tips would be appreciated.

michaelvanessa 09-21-2012 06:51 PM

found a cart in a barn
hiya it looks in very good shape it looks like it wont take much to bring it up to scratch my frend and your horse seems very keen to go out for a drive.
many thanks for shareing your pictures.
you and your fammaly and your horse have a good day.

Ashleysmardigrasgirl 09-21-2012 07:04 PM

Thanks so much! I was wondering what other people thought it's condition was like. This was her very first time ever having the cart or shafts behind her the first time she was like what's going on I re-did this and she turned her body to fit the shafts like a pro needless to say I was proud; not that she is going to be pulling it anytime soon.

Thanks for the well wishes!

G8tdh0rse 09-22-2012 08:53 AM

Nice cart and what a pretty pony too.

Ashleysmardigrasgirl 09-22-2012 10:47 PM

I very quickly had the seat and boot put on tonight but I got pulled away thanks to about 100 burs matted into the feather mane forelock beard belly hair and tail of my horse.

I'm loving the way my cart is coming along I spent all night sewing the boot together and reupholstering the seat which includes a stellar trim job and a hidden pocket in the front stripe of the boot which also covers an unrepairable tear in the leather which I fixed back together but wasn't very pleasing to look at.

My next project is going to be done tomorrow which will entail detailing the cart and polishing the entire thing to see where I am at paint wise and get the paint to which I am going ot re-do the pin striping from red to gold and fix the areas of black which have chipped from age.

I then plan to paint the rims black and sand stain and varnish the wood in the carriage (I'm thinking cherry/mahogany?)

maybe not in this order but all of this I am going to do so if anyone knows of a good way of going about doing this I'm all ears.

anywho without further ado I want to share my pictures please critique as I have never done this before and if I am doing something wrong I would love to know.

Clayton Taffy 09-22-2012 11:39 PM

Very nice.
I hope that seat isn't too slippery.:wink:
I went to my first pleasure drive and Armoralled the cart seat, It made it so slippery, I could barely stay in the seat.:-P
Nice find on the cart it looks like a find.

Your pony/horse is so cute, he will look great driving.

Ashleysmardigrasgirl 09-22-2012 11:43 PM

luckily it's leather with a stamped seat that has the pattern of cobra/boa so it's actually quite grippy. I'm very pleased that you approve taffy, I covet your tutorials/information and have read quite a few of your posts. Thanks!

Clayton Taffy 09-22-2012 11:52 PM

That is leather? Is it original? It is magnificent.
I thought it was satin and was afraid you spent all that time and $ and it was going to be impossible to keep clean and keep from tearing.

Wow that was a find if it came with that seat and boot, to boot!

Ashleysmardigrasgirl 09-22-2012 11:58 PM

Yeah I had leftover fabric from when I made my own breech pants and loved the pattern of the leather. It's like I said pressed leather with a metalic coating which I believe adds to the stickyness factor but either way I and my young brother and sister had quite a fun time pretending to drive a carriage in the living room while I worked on repairing the boot lol so basically it feels like your glued in your spot X-D. Origionally the cart came with the seat but as you can tell from the first photo it was torn but the fabric that was torn was just fabric that was stapled onto what looked to be maroon velvet so who knows what it looked like exactly. The boot came with it too but it had a minor tear in the front which despite my best efforts wouldn't completely "hide" so I carried the extra seat fabric into the boot which in the picture of me and my dad holding the boot up is showing me finishing up sewing it together and made a "secret" pocket in the front which encompasses the whole stripe so I can hide idk what in there via hidden velcro closure lol...

Clayton Taffy 09-23-2012 12:10 AM

I love the stripe on the boot, how clever. Since you are so good with a needle you might make a canvas cover for your seat for storage or training, to protect your leather. Have you decided on a color for the shafts and pin striping yet?
Black with burgandy or black with gold? I cant wait to see your progress on the cart and your equine.

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