Bridle makingharness construction
Then, all the harnesses needed for the bridle parts are slit in different widths. Now, the'dots' are made (to go through the buckles), Paul'feathered' the'tip' - he takes something off of the cowhide to make it easy to go through the larynxbucket.
Now, make the holes where the clasp goes with a team puncher. When the throat play where the clasp will be, it must be "diluted" or "divided" so that it can be turned down and the clasp sewn on. Here a gap is made in the headjoint - it prevents the headjoint from cracking, where the cheeks and larynx clearance are located.
Now the razor blade is used to..... yes, to clean the headstall and all other bridle parts. Parts that are sewn together are not shaven to obtain a flat joint where the hide is sewn together. Then, the borders of the leathers are pickled and polish with a specific pickle to make the borders beautiful and glossy and'sealed'.
Repeat this procedure for all bridle parts. In this picture (sorry, the lights are bad!) you can see ALL parts needed to make a simple Hunt Cavesson bridle, complete with all straps, clasps, platforms and loops. Here Paul checks the dimensions provided by the client to ensure that the "tailor-made" scale fits perfectly.
Things are several to make........ a false one and you end up with a strange bridle! You see, here are 2 tapes that calculate where the cheeks are strapped to the head piece. Now all the parts of the leathers are ready. Here the bolt fold is warmed up with the glass can to create a beautiful, elegant fold at the edge of the leathers.
Apply quite tightly and quickly to obtain a beautiful, clear "wrinkle". The pleat is now made, the parts to be sewn are highlighted with the broach. Chisels are used to make a certain number of punctures per in. (saddlery work is still done in inches!) Normally, a bridle is sewn at 10 in.
The embroidery show is usually 12 to the inches, but Paul is actually crazy and sometimes engravings at 14 engravings to the inches - all by handmade of course. Now all we have to do is sew the bridle together. It is done with 2 pins, one at each end of a string covered with bees wax (helps to make the string watertight and make it run more easily through the leather) and a very strong seam.
Sewing material is kept between the knee in shells. This is a very elaborate motif that is embroidered into the nose band of another bridle. There' 14 tricks per inches. They can see the "cut out" parts where the seams will go and part of the "diamond shape" that has already been sewn.
When all the bridle parts have gone through the same procedure and all the clasps have been sewn on, the punctures are made.