Broaden Your Knowledge: Saddle Design & Patterning
Thursday, 05/16, 8:00am – 5:00pm, W129, Sheridan College
All skill levels welcome!
YOU are the architect and engineer of the saddle! DESIGN is the most CRITICAL element of a saddle. Learn how to work out your saddle design completely, BEFORE you cut leather. Learn how to create your own “blueprint” for a saddle, and then translate that to making patterns. Keith will demonstrate his entire method of saddle design, from sketch to making patterns, to help you achieve the end result that you want. You will be able to work out all the details –like proportions, type of rigging, cantle binding, skirt shape — and develop a plan for how it all ties together. Information in Fitting the Saddle Tree class will be referred to in this class and used to develop properly balanced patterns. Lunch will be provided to allow for open discussion.
Materials to Bring: Note taking materials and a sketchbook.
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.