Broaden Your Knowledge: Fitting the Saddle Tree
Wednesday, 05/15, 8:00am – 12:00pm, W129, Sheridan College
All skill levels welcome
Keith will teach you how to profile a horse’s back and determine how the tree should fit on the horse. He will outline how the saddle should be built around those fitting principles to properly balance the saddle to the horse. He will discuss: terminology (shape, angles, rock, bar crown, bridging), padding, static vs dynamic fit, saddle position on the horse, as well as many common misconceptions in the industry. Keith will illustrate the importance of finding level of the tree sitting on the horse, so that you can take that tree to your saddle stand and build a balanced saddle. Information taught in this class will be used in the Saddle Design and Patterning class. Stay for Lunch that will be provided to allow for open discussion.
Materials to Bring: Note taking materials.
Renowned Cody, Wyoming, saddlemaker Keith Seidel has been developing his art full time for 40 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.