All our tooling and carving is done right here in the shop. We don't send your saddle components across the country to be carved, but keep it close at hand .
We "lift" the patterns, "bevel" and "detail" our work like you seldom find in other Western saddles. Our hand-carving patterns jump to life from your saddle.
We particularly recommend choosing our "Chestnut" leather color when ordering our hand-carving. Like all our hand dyed leathers, the Chestnut is soaked in mineral-based dye until it has received the maximum penetration within the leather fibers. Interestingly, the dye molecules are the most dense deep in the leather where they have "piled up" at the maximum saturation point. What happens when the carving takes place is that the leather is cut into this deepest penetration point, providing a gorgeous "patina" in our hand-carved patterns. The same is true with oxblood, brown, rust and black, however chestnut provides the most natural looking patina.
All of our leather colors can be tooled or hand carved. We offer many styles of borders, partial carves and full hand carves as well as several different styles of letters and numbers. We can also do brands.
Partial carves have an area on the front and back of the skirts, front of seat jockey, rear jockey, and part of the fender. If you want the fork, cantle back or Cheyenne roll carved it can be done on most saddles.
Initials or names can be done in a variety of styles.
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