Broaden Your Knowledge: Saddle Assembly
Friday, 05/17, 8:00am – 5:00pm, W129, Sheridan College
All skill levels welcome!
Keith will demonstrate his saddle assembly process using patterns developed in Thursday’s Design & Patterning Class. He says, “I have developed methods for fitting that work on every saddle and remove the guesswork.” This class will shorten your learning curve in your saddle making endeavors, as you learn a master saddle maker’s proven methods and efficient techniques. You will observe the fit-up construction of a complete saddle: blocking skirts, making riggings, fitting back cantle, making and fitting rear jockeys, and stretching in a seat. He will cover difficult areas like cutting cantle corners, fitting jockeys nice and tight EVERY time, and rigging positioning. While not a pre-requisite, it is highly recommended that you take Thursday’s Design & Patterning Class, as there will not be enough time in THIS class to discuss all of the variables. Lunch 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.