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Intro to Saddlery Making Course

Traditional Skills for the Future

  • Ended
  • 2,000 US dollars
  • Stoneleigh Equine

Available spots


Service Description

This level teaches and tests the candidates in saddlery skills needed to begin their training in English saddle and bridle making. And is a prerequisite for NASS courses; Saddle Making Levels 2 & 3, Bridle Making Levels 2 & 3, recommended to those seeking those seeking Society of Master Saddle Fitting assessment and qualification. Skills tests and assignments have been developed in each area to allow candidates to demonstrate their craft skills in the beginning areas. These include: selecting leather, leatherworking tools, measuring, cutting, edging, staining, rubbing up, stitching and hole punching at a basic level. You will be required to make a pair of stirrup leathers, an Irish martingale and a bridle headpiece, along with these skill practicing work projects to encourage progress of a belt, buckle guards and a needle case. This level is all done by hand. Bridlework Tools Required *We have tools for sharing & using in class you do not have to have all the tools as this is an investment and gets pricey. We do have limited tools for sale however this is also a topic we learn about during class. Tools are a personal preference but saddlery also requires some specific tools.  This is always complicated and a learning process but the following items below are the start of your bridle making too kit; ​ Skiving Knife; used to thin down bends and turns. Head Knife; used to cut leather.  Sharp Scissors: used to create clean cuts on thread.  3/18 Thread; the correct size for stitching most bridlework projects. Screw Compass; for measuring and getting parts even and level. Pricking Irons; No 8, No 10 in 1” and 1 ½” for marking your stitch lines. Loop Sticks; used for blocking your keepers. Straight Edges; used for marking and making straight lines, cuts, etc. Pippen Punch: used for marking holes where hook studs are used. Wax Block; for waxing thread making stitching easier. Stitching Awl; used for punching stitch holes when threading the leather. Scratch Awl; used for marking leather. Bone; used for buffing, removing markings, turning edges. Double Edge Screw Crease; used for creasing leather. Flat Nose Pliers; used for helping to stitch. Edgers; No1, No2, No3; used to bevel edge on leatherwork. Leather or Nath Mallet; used to hit punches to mark or punch leather. Stitching Needles; No3, No4 used for sewing leatherwork. Leather Punch; used for making holes, several types and styles available.


Cancellation Policy

Course fees are non refundable, we will hold your course tuition for one calendar year, please contact the office.


Contact Details

  • 11655 Rocky Meadow Road, Clear Spring, MD, USA


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