September 15, 2011

Adjustable dog harness

H-shaped harness for medium-large size dog, made in black leather with solid brass buckles on shoulders and chest.

Pretty close to this one.. only difference, in two years I got a little better when it comes to finishing and stitching.

September 13, 2011

How to remove water stains from leather

Last week a girl at the barn asked me how to remove water stains from her saddle.
After some search on my sources this is what I've found. I still haven't tested any of these: try on small hidden portions of leather, let dry and check the result before applying on the whole surface.

1 - more Water!
Wet evenly the whole surface, let it dry away from sun or other heat sources, then recondition with glycerine soap.

2 - Alchool / Acetone
Friction the stain, let it dry and recondition.

3 - Oxalic acid

A product used for polishing marble, in wood treatment and beekeeping. Be careful, it's pretty toxic... but it's known to work well for this purpose.  Dissolve 1-2 table spoon in 1 liter of water, wet evenly the saddle and let it dry. It will slightly lighten leather color but will not damage it.

September 1, 2011


Or halter-bridle, or haldle, or brilter... or my way to celebrate my return home from holidays, entirely made last week when environmental temp never went below 33 °C in my workshop...
Made for a cob-full sized horse but here's with Ginseng a, a nice cob with thin light head.
Black leather, stainless steel fittings, padded noseband and browband.
I had to find a compromise between toughness and lightness for both uses, as a halter and as a bridle: reins, cheeks, bit billets and noseband are 3/4" wide, throatlatch and browband are 5/8".
Both reins and bit billets have scissors snaps. I haven't shot pics of the reins, but are made in leather with rubber hand grips, with the center buckle matching with the bridle ones.