Sunday, November 27, 2011

I am far too pleased with myself with this pattern and tooling.  It hasn't been easy but it's mostly turning out the way that I had planned with little change from the original drawing.  The only problems I have come across while tooling this piece is my own physical limitations.  I can't tool all day because my hand starts locking up and my shoulder sort of spasms when I sleep.  This is typical though because I baby my shoulder a bit and should work it more. 

Because of that though, I am being more careful with my tooling in that when the hand gets tired, I quit.  Sometimes in the past, I'd tool even though my hand spasmed and that would lead to the tool slipping or I wouldn't have as much control as I'd like.

When I can't tool anymore I've been working on a matching bridle or trying to learn how to make a "long" turks head knot to use on my braided resins.

Thanksgiving was a bitter sweet time.. we haven't quite figured out how to act as a family yet without dad.  We're getting there though..

Monday, November 21, 2011


Sorry that I missed last weekend's post.. just got really busy with other things and didn't do anything groundbreaking.  THis weekend however, I finished up a "Braided" breastcollar to match the red Bosal that I made a while ago.  I also started some new tooling on that reining saddle.  

I also redid the Colors/layout on my blog. I decided that the other colors were too "busy" to easily read.

Friday, November 04, 2011

A little bit of blah blah..

Just a few thoughts... 

Today is day one of Breeders Cup Day at Churchill Downs.. and I know it's not "Derby" but its still pretty wonderful to have a word class horse racing track 20 minutes from me... ONe of these years I'm going to go dang it!!  But for the time being, I'm watching the races via and putting in a little wager here and there.  I'm terrible at betting a horse race because I really just go with my heart..  By the way, if you didn't already know, I was married in the Churchill Downs Museum

I have changed around and monkeyed with my blog.  The old design that I had was outdated and Blogger told me to upgrade.  So I did. aaaaand I don't remember how I customized my old blog and I haven't had time to read up on how to customize my new one.  If you hate the new blog or if your browser hates the new blog, please let me know. I'm not married to the new design.

Again I'm working on changing around parts on my saddle.  Funny how one's "eye" matures as one gets older.  I was absolutely pleasantly shocked at the reception of my "practice" saddle.  Everyone really responded to the simple, understated lines and I'M SO GRATEFUL!  IT was so encouraging and I'm dying to make this reining saddle.  I've been trying to study sheridan style tooling and I think I have a decent grasp of it but it doesn't look quite right to me yet.. 

Anyway, Happy Friday!