It excites me that no matter how much machinery replaces the horse, the work it can do is still measured in horsepower...even in this space age. And although a riding horse often weighs half a ton, and a big drafter a full ton, either can be led about by a piece of string if he has been wisely trained. This to me is a constant source of wonder, and a challenge.
Double R Saddle trees is glad to build saddle tree styles of any traditional nature. Popular styles of slick forks include the Wade, our Douglas '38, and the 3B. Swell Forks often requested have been the Association, Modified Association,Will James and many more.
The Douglas '38 is a style of saddle tree that Rick Reed was able to develop some years ago. Bob Douglas brought an old Hamley wade to Rick and asked for him to incorporate certain design elements into a new tree. Shortening the fork leg was one of the predominate changes made. It has since become a very popular style among Double R's regular customers.
What about the materials used and other possible advantages to a Double R Saddle Tree? Currently we are using tulip poplar hardwood for it's strength and relatively low weight. Once it has been constructed, then it is covered in top-grain bull hide, 5-6 millimeters in thickness. Saddle makers and riders alike have acknowledged this successful combination.
One characteristic of the Double R Saddle Tree that has met with much success is the shape of the gullet. A very neat, cone-shaped gullet that has been cleaned out nicely allows it to be lowered in height. This creates a lower center of gravity and puts the saddle, and thus the rider, closer to the animal.
Would you like to order a Double R Saddle Tree?
These are some things that will be asked. (Click on the pictures above to view a diagram of what is listed below)
Front Style: (i.e. Wade, Douglas '38, or certain swell fork)
Fork Stock Thickness:
Gullet Height and Width:
Horn Height and Width:
Horn Cap Width and Angle of pitch:
Horn Cap shape-Flat or domed, Guadalajara or round
Bar Angle: (90, 92, 94, or 96 degree)
Cantle Height and Width:
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Take a gander at some of Double R Saddle Tree's work. You're not expected to view them all, but they're here for those who are curious.
Above is a Will James, below are is a variety of styles before and after the rawhide.
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