Posts Tagged ‘side saddle restoration’

Victorian reversible sidesaddle pilch pad

Restoration of pilch pad for a customer.

The extent of the damage

The extent of the damage

Two new heads, and some tidying up to the customer's specifications

Two new heads, and some tidying up to the customer’s specifications

The restored pad

The restored pad

The extent of the damage; dogs had chewed it.

Society of Master Saddlers’ National Saddlery Competition 2014

My side saddle won a Premium award for excellence of craftsmanship.

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Thanks to ‘QEST’…

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I’m proud to announce that the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) is helping me develop my side saddle specialism. The Trust, which awards scholarships to exceptional British craftspeople, is supporting me to attend courses taught by side saddle expert Richard Godden.

 

I’m honing my side saddle refurbishment, restoration and repair skills, as well as learning to make new saddles to help ensure the future of this traditional sport.

 

With Jenifer Emery, President of the Royal Warrant Holders Association

With Jenifer Emery, President of the Royal Warrant Holders Association

My display at the annual Award Luncheon

My display at the annual Award Luncheon

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Testimonials

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

I picked up my headpiece today and dropped off the other one for the same work please. Thank you so much, you have made an amazing job.
Sarah, Hawkhurst, Kent