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Some Traditional Saddlery Rules

Posted by Simon Harrison on Sunday, March 6, 2016 Under: News
I make my leather goods using traditional saddlery methods. These methods have been perfected over hundreds of years. As the art has developed saddlers adopted a set of rules to work to for a uniformity to their products.
I use some of these rules but certainly not all of them
  • Never edge the outside edge of a loop.
  • Adjustment holes are spaced the width of the strap apart (A one inch wide leather belt will have holes spaced at one inch intervals).
  • Always have an odd number of holes in a strap (This is so when fitted correctly the strap is buckled to the middle hole leaving an even number of holes to either side).
  • Yellow furniture (Brass buckles, etc) have oval holes.
  • White furniture (Nickel and stainless steel buckles) have round holes.
  • From the last hole to the point at the end of a belt is two and a half times the width of the belt.
  • Buckle returns on a horse bridle and harness have the best stitching against the horse.
  • Never stitch across the leather (This reminds me of perferated paper, somthing to tear along!)
Well there are a few. When you think about it they actually make sense! I stick to most of them but some only when I am making certain things.


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Simon Harrison Cordwainer at Oakside Saddlery Handmade, bespoke leather Made in England. Leather Collars and Leads for your Dog, Handmade, made to Measure Leather Belts, Leather camera straps, Leather briefcases and messenger bags, watch straps, And Leather rifle slings for Field Sports. All made in the Traditional Hand-stitched way


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