Clair 2018

Saddle Making Training – Week 1

Back in November (2017) I attended another training session at the Saddlery Training Centre in Salisbury…to embark upon the Level 2 Saddle Making training.
According to the City and Guilds Level 2 Saddlery specification I am required to make a pony saddle using a wooden saddle tree. The seat must be pigskin or hide, the skirts and flaps must be solid with knee rolls and gussets being optional. The panel should be a Continental or Saumur type and the filling should be wool only.

Here is my 16.5″ pony saddle wooden tree that I was welcomed with…

Journal

Welcome…

Welcome to my blog that documents the journey from being a corporate PA to a Qualified Saddler…From a very young age (around 6-7 years old) I always kept a written journal/diary and up until about 10 years ago I had kept every single one of them. I don’t know why, really, but I suppose it was like looking back on a photo album of memories, good and bad!

As an only child, growing up was hard. Although the daughter of two working class parents, I wanted for very little. I did however experience a period of bullying in my secondary school which led to me being relocated to a different school when I was just 13yrs old…