Here's round three of the NMTM winners! Hopefully we'll make it through the remaining thirty or so of the finished projects.
Sara finished ALL of these saddle in April! Whoa! I'm pretty sure she wins the award for "Most Prolific." Congrats, Sara! You're a winner (several times over)!
Rayvin is an amazing sculptor, and apparently that talent applies to tack making, too! This might be her first Traditional scale western saddle, and it was definitely her first go at tooling. She knocked it out of the park! Congrats, Rayvin - you're a winner.
Sacha described herself as a novice in her introduction post, and set about making quite the ambitious project! She completed her english set for the Connemara on time, and made everything from the hardware to the boots to the stirrups! Great job, Sacha - you're a winner.
Abbey specializes in western tack, so making an english saddle was quite a departure for her! She did a fabulous job. Congrats, Abbey! You're a winner!
Marjo described her skills as "non-existing" in her intro post, but I can confidently say that she gained experience over the course of the month! Her Portuguese bridle turned out great. Congrats, Marjo - you're a winner!
Vicky Norris is an old hat at tack making and one of the hobby's best when it comes to western saddles - and sharing her experience. I was very thankful that Vicky joined us in April - it was lots of fun to watch an experienced tack maker at work! Congrats, Vicky - you're a winner!
Harriotte made a mounted archery set that included a heavily modified tree and lots of problem solving! It was great to see her posts sharing how she figured things out. Harriotte is a NMTM winner, AND a live show winner! Congrats!
Karoline committed to making a Schleich scale bridle in April, and it turned out great! Her color coordination is well done and looks very sharp on her chestnut. Congrats, Karoline - you're a winner!
Summer described herself as a "beginner" and set about tackling a huge project - a harness! She did a fabulous job. Congrats, Summer! You're a winner!
Beth made an antique saddle and bridle for her April challenge. They look really great together - well done, Beth! Congrats - you're a winner!
Most tack makers have a similar progression: we begin with whatever we can scavenge and make, moving on to better materials as our skills outgrow cobbled together supplies. One of the natural parts of this progression is realizing that you cannot rely on found leather. There comes a point when you decide that you need to take the jump and buy natural leather. Unless you intend to only make light oil western pleasure saddles forever, you'll need some dye to go along with it.