Tuesday, June 19, 2012

It's that box again!

Finally we managed to find time to work on the tack box that I featured in a blog post a while back. That was well over a year ago, and for my birthday this year I persuaded him to help me with it. I don't think his heart was in it - if I had left it totally up to him he would have ruined the box three times over! Lesson learnt!

It still needs some work. I may switch the handle round to the top, and try and add something in for bridles. For the latter I'm not sure whether to put the hooks on the sides of the main box, or on the inside of the door. To make the saddle racks we just used a strip of wood, cut into 4 lengths, drilled holes in that and then glued them into the box. Then the dowel sections were glued into place. We didn't have quite the right drill bit so some of the holes are a bit wonky, but they seem nice and sturdy. I think some elastic bands may be the way to go to keep the saddles in place.

Eeep! Didn't realise I had so much tack of my own!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Holiday Report

This is totally un-related to tack making, but it does explain the month of little posting during May. My boyfriend/fiancĂ© person and myself trotted off to the USA for a much needed holiday. We took 3 weeks off and arrived in Las Vegas in time for my brother James' wedding to Jessica. Then we drove over 3000 miles on our way around about 9 National Parks: Grand Canyon, Mojave, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yosemite, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and Zion. That gives you a rough idea of our route! Suffice to say we had a wonderful time, camped out most nights in our $29 Walmart tent, and have seen a couple of our must sees!

 See if you can guess where the pictures are from! The first one is rather easy....

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Roundabout Show Set

Before I left for my holiday in mid-May I managed to finish Karen's show set for her Roundabout resin. This is a terrible photo of it. I have taken some more but they're on the other computer, they'll go on the website once I've edited them. This set has also featured on Jennifer Buxton's Braymere Custom Saddlery blog in the performance reports from the Springamathing Live Show a few weeks ago. It won first in English Pleasure and Other English, and came second in English Trail, and topped off the day by coming Reserve English Performance Champion. The set was worn by a handsome palomino Roundabout resin painted by Karen herself. Well done Karen!

I have lots of things to write about so you can expect a few more blogs from me very soon. Next one will feature some holiday snaps!