Big Bear A-Fork Model 1640. Handcrafted, hand stained and hand stamped. Al Stolman front Dee Ring and leather drop rigging, 6' latigo tie downs, 13 oz. Hand stained leather and fully stamped basket weave with star conchos, all slick seat, wide bell hand covered and stained stirrups. Seat 16", Swell sick fork, cantle 4 1/2", bars 19 3/4" QH, gullet 6 1/2"w x 7"h, horn 2 1/4" cap double-loop-lok
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I'm interested in the answer to that as well. If I had to do that much hand stamping, as claimed, the price tag would be about $3500, not $800. All saddles are hand assembled. The factories have machines that cut out the leather and stamp it which means hundreds can be done in a day. Power tools also speed up the time needed to assemble. No mention of what the tree is made of.
The jockey is sticking up because the leather is stiff and new. It is sticking up a little more on this one than the rest of my saddles but will lay down just fine after it starts getting used. Trust me it is all hand stamped, no machines or power tools here! The only machine is my left and right hand! Only a few built per year. I do not do this for a living. I do it because I love working with leather and building saddles. I have been building saddles for several years now, I think seven. I just build a few for family and friends. I have just now started trying to sale a few to the public. I have built a few that I did not have orders for. If I move a few I have money to start the next one. I can use what ever tree and materials you would like. The tree on this one is a 16" Ralide tree. I also use Amish made fiberglass covered wood trees. I am just now going to order a few in the next couple of weeks. It takes 6 to 8 weeks for the Amish to get them built.
I am just now trying to get my name out there. I plan on retiring in about five years and just want to stat getting my saddles out there for people to see. I only have so much time. If I get three or four an year to build now, that is just fine. If I thought I could get $3500 per saddle right now that is what I would be asking. The price will go up in the future. As a matter of fact it would go up right now depending on what a person is wanting on their saddle. Right now people are getting a $3500 saddle for $800. These are very well built saddles, especially from a one man shop.
Thanks for looking,
PS If anyone want more pics send me your PX # and I can send them better over the phone. I can not figure out why my pics come out sideways on here.
Thanks once again.