Hi. I’m Nicola Watson, a Master Saddler in Sussex. I work mainly in equestrian leathergoods: saddles, including side saddle repair and refurbishment, harness and bridlework. I’ve been a qualified saddler for many years and am currently being supported by the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust to further develop my specialist side saddle skills.
I also make dog collars and leads, and some very fine belts, satchels, cases and bags for humans.
Using the skills that I’ve learnt over the years, and traditional tools on the finest English leather I produce extremely fine, durable and beautiful leather goods, as simple in their beauty as their use.
As a small example of this hands on, traditional craftsmanship, here are some of the simple steps in preparing a strap.
First the edges are rounded with an edge beveller.
Then the cut edges are stained and polished for durability and look.
The strap is then creased. This is decorative but also makes the leather more hard wearing, and provides an extra grip.
Giving a beautifully prepared strap ready to be given buckles, stamped and finished.

This established way of working gives a finish that is one of the hallmarks of best quality leatherwork.

In East Sussex, West Sussex, Kent and Surrey we can supply, repair, make, help to supply and provide expert information on any of the following:
Horse tack, equestrian tack, used saddles, horse rugs, dressage saddles,  saddle tack,  used tack, tack supplies, used horse tack, dressage tack, horse girth, horse stirrups, horse boots, horse saddles, dressage saddle, used saddles, tack shop, saddler, dressage saddles, used saddle, english saddles, saddlers, show saddle, tack shops, show saddles, English saddle pads, saddle fitting, horse riding apparel.
Please email if there is any help we can give about the above or anything else horsey or about quality leatherwork.

07971 148 423
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I am writing to let you know how pleased I am with my refurbished leather 19th Century hat-box. I admire your professional expertise in putting on the new leather side straps and the resourcefulness that you displayed in getting inside the lid to re-stitch the carrying handle; I keep looking at the finished item and I really am extremely pleased with the result. I will recommend you to any of my friends who need saddlery or leatherwork. I’ll be in touch when I have other work for you.
James McNeish, London

Many thanks for the belts which arrived safely on Saturday. You have made a good job and they fit well. It is so nice to be able to use them again. Will remember you if I need anything done again.
Mary, Hampshire