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Broaden Your Knowledge: Saddle Assembly

Please register at the Leather Crafters booth

Broaden Your Knowledge: Saddle Assembly

Keith Seidel
Thursday, May 17, 8 am - 5 pm
W129, Sheridan Community College

Skill Level: All Skill Levels Welcome!

In this workshop Keith will demonstrate his method for fitting the major parts on the saddle tree. “I like to fit all of my major parts at the same time to get all of my lines and design balanced.” Beginning with blocking saddle skirts to making riggings, fitting back cantle, making and fitting rear jockeys, and finally stretching in a seat, you will see the construction of a complete saddle. Proper proportions will be discussed as well as popular variables. While working, Keith will discuss how the different options affect the final fit of the parts on the saddle, as well as any questions you may have about the process. “I have developed methods for fitting that work on every saddle and remove the guesswork.” Anyone who has taken his Design and Patterning workshop in previous years will appreciate this workshop as the next step to using those patterns. Leather donated by Hermann Oak Leather Co.

Materials to Bring: Note taking materials.
Lunch is included with the workshop to encourage open discussion.

Keith Seidel

Renowned Cody, Wyoming saddlemaker Keith Seidel has been developing his art full-time for over 35 years. With a significant portfolio of nationally exhibited and awarded work, the innovative designs of his saddles have made him a trendsetter in the industry. Keith specializes in creating highly decorated and heavily tooled leather goods, including saddles, belts, briefcases, gun leather, and executive accessories. Many leather workers have learned a great deal under Keith’s tutelage. He has placed first in the World Leather Debut for the tooled saddle division five times.