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World’s BEST Saddle Trees

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Oak Brand Leather is proud to announce the release of the newest and best saddle trees to date.

We are proud to offer the best western saddle trees in the industry!

State-of-the-art fiberglass or rawhide western saddle trees for only $210!

Fiberglass saddle tree samples

Fiberglass saddle tree samples

Rawhide Endurance saddle tree sample

 

Our fiberglass saddle trees are the “clear” choice

We cast the tree and ground seat as a total finished product. As a result, all the parts work together to create greater strength and durability in the tree. Our tree is among the strongest in the world! The material has a strength of 3500 psi. There is no warping, no worries about popped seats and no broken horns. The finished ground seat saves hours of labor and allows customizing by adding one layer of leather. The tree remains semi rigid to enhance fit and comfort for both rider & horse.

By moving ahead and using the uni-cast tree, positive attributes have been gained while eliminating the problems associated with traditional trees. After a lifetime of working with traditional trees, it became apparent that a change was needed in the industry as a whole. Quality wood is increasingly hard to come by. In addition, the wood is prone to splitting and breakage due to a large number of knots. Rawhide is becoming more expensive and harder to obtain due to demand on the world hide market. Rawhide-covered trees are also prone to warping and breakage by the nature of the materials used.

Good news for our fiberglass trees

Our new FG series trees are not prone to these same dangers as listed below. This is why the new fiberglass covered trees allow you the best return on your investment.

Rawhide vs. Fiberglass

We make rawhide covered trees because they give like a tree in the wind. The wood and rawhide always brings it back until there’s too much wind.

Rawhide saddle trees are a long-standing tradition. Saddles made on a rawhide tree can last a hundred years. Just remember though the saddles made on a glass tree can last 200 years (or more) if cared for properly.

I first started building rawhide covered trees and then I swore by them. Later, I went to work at ML Leddys and learned the truth. I found out what a glass covered tree (with the groundwork in glass) was all about. Now I love them! Change if you want – that’s up to you.

Rawhide hidden dangers

Typically, warping and breakage is caused by the rawhide shrinking.Trapped moisture gets absorbed into the rawhide. When that happens, the rawhide laced seams open and that moisture penetrates the wood. Thus causing warping and rotting.

Western trees for pleasure and/or work

We make and sell all custom saddle trees:

  • Barrel Racer
  • Calf Roper
  • Cowboy Cutter
  • Cutter
  • Endurance
  • Ranch Cutter
  • Ranch Roper
  • Reiner
  • Show
  • Team Roper
  • Texas Dally Roper

Whatever you need, we can supply.

Since this is a new product, we expect high sales and little lag time while we ramp our production facilities.
We will try to ship your custom saddle tree within 4-6 weeks of order.

Every OBL saddle tree is guaranteed for a lifetime of normal use. Note: guarantee does not cover wear of leather.
Any OBL saddle tree that breaks within its lifetime (under normal use) will be repaired or replaced at the discretion of Oak Brand Leather Saddlery and Tack.

Sincerely,
Ed Mathieus

PSS. We make both glass covered or rawhide saddle trees.
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English/Western Saddle Repair & Custom Leather Price List

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Oak Brand Leather Price List


Western Saddle Repair Pricing

Oak Brand Leather Saddlery and Tack (405) 379-8080
401 S. Burns, Holdenville, OK 74848 ed@oakbrandleather.com

Shop Time: $82.50/hr. *

*Prices are subject to change when multiple repairs are being done or on specialized saddles.
1. Soap + Oil (Standard) with Tack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $145.00
2. Tack, Headstall, other (Standard) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 20.00
3. Restoration bid per Job . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

4. Breast Harness Dee Replacement, Dees extra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $100.00 ( 1 Hour)

5. Horn: Cap resew & Binder (or Rawhide lip) – . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 50.00 (½ Hour)
6. Horn: Full replacement (braided Rawhide) same . . . . . . . . . . . . . $215.00 (2 Hours)
7. Horn: Wrap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 47.50 (½ Hour)

8. Swell: Pommel replacement (Tooling Extra) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$250.00 (3 Hours)

9. Seat: Padded replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $365.00 (3 Hours)
10. Seat: Full replacement; Tooling extra; Padded-$25.00 extra . . . $550.00 (6 Hours)

11. Cantle: Replacement (Cheyenne Roll); Tooling extra . . . . . . . . . . $255.00 (2 ½ Hrs.)
12. Cantle: Replacement (High Back), St. Roll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $200.00 (2 Hours)

13. Rear Housing or ¼ Skirts Replace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $245.00 (2 ½ Hrs.)
14. Frog and Skirt Laced . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $125.00
15A. Rear Riggings Replaced (Dee rings extra) . . . . . . . . . each . . $100.00 (1 Hour)
15B. Restitch any rigging. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . each, . . . . $ 45.00

16. Front Riggings (Dee rings extra) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . each . . . $125.00 (1 ¼ Hrs.)
17. Front Wear Guard or Rigging To Rigging both . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $125.00 (1 Hour)

18. Skirt replacement with (new wool), (Tooling Extra) . . . . . . . . . . . . $895.00 (6 Hours)
19A.Skirt replacement with (in-skirt Rigging); (Tooling Extra) . . . . . . . $950.00 (5 Hours)
19B.Skirt Wear Guards, Both sides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $165.00 ( 1 Hour)

20. Wool Replacement – . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $370.00
21. Synthetic Wool Replacement – . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $325.00

22. Stirrup Straps (full) with Blevins . . . . . . . . . . . Latigo sleeved . . . .$175.00 (1 Hour)
23. Stirrup Straps (half) with Blevins . . . . . . . . . . Latigo sleeved . . . .$140.00 (1 Hour)
24A. Stirrup (Cover Stirrups), any leather . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $175.00
24B. New Blevins installed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 85.00 (1 Hour)
25. Cinch Strap Latigo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 47.00
26A. Off Strap, double and stitched . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 75.00
26B. Off Strap (Single) Latigo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 30.00

26C. Half Breed, Latigo off Roper still . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 50.00
27. Saddle String (install). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . each @ . . . $ 12.50

28. Billets back both, Standard (1 ¾) per 2 “ extra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25.00

29. Back Cinch Standard Cinch, 2, 3, or 4 inch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $110.00
30. Back Cinch Standard Cinch, 5 inch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $125.00
31. Heavy Cinch, 6 inch Roper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $185.00
32A. Heavy Cinch, 8 inch Roper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $235.00
32B. Heavy Cinch, 10 inch Roper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $300.00

33. Fenders, Barrel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(pair) . . $210.00
34. Fenders, (Ranch), (Roper), Cutter (Tooling Extra) . . . .(pair) . . $245.00

35. Tree Replacement plus Tree Cost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$850.00 to $1,250.00 (10 Hours)

36. Horn Replacement plus Horn (casting) included . . . $350.00 to $525.00

37. Breast Harness ( All Custom); . . . . . . . . . Start @ $185.00 to $650.00
(Tooling and Silver extra )

38. General Knowledge Repair:
Required: 160 Hrs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,200.00 (160 Hrs.)

39. Will Repair Shop Saddles to acquire knowledge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

40. Saddle Making; with saddle, 300 Hrs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,500.00

41. Custom Chaps, Start @ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $475.00 ( Start), $695.00 (Average)
Custom Chaps, per color . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $100.00 (one color)
Custom Chaps, Tooling extra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

42. Custom Reins ( Old World Herman Oak). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

43. Harness Roper Reins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 47.50, Lined $ 65.00
44. Harness Split Reins, 1 / 2 @ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 45.00, Lined $ 90.00
45. Harness Split Reins, 5/ 8 @ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 55.00, Lined $110.00
46. Harness Split Reins, 3 / 4 @ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 65.00, Lined $125.00

47. Natural Stitched Show Reins, 1 / 2 plus hardware @ . . . . . . . $ 85.00
48. Natural Stitched Show Reins, 5 / 8 plus hardware @ . . . . . . $ 95.00
49. Natural Stitched Show Reins, 3 / 4 plus hardware @ . . . . . . $120.00


English Repair Pricing 

Oak Brand Leather Saddlery And Tack (405) 379-8080
401 S. Burns, Holdenville, OK 74848
ed@oakbrandleather.com

1. Soap, Oil, & Condition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 75.00 (1 Hr.)
2. Soap, Oil, & Condition Tack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Extra

3. Re-flock, 100% Wool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $145.00 ( 1 ½ Hrs.)

4. Billet Straps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(All Six) $195.00 ( 1 ½ Hrs.)
5. Billet Strap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Each) $ 32.50

6. Knee Roll, Re-stitch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 75.00 ( ½ Hr.)
7. Knee Roll, Replace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 225.00 ( 2 Hrs.)

8. Leathers or Stirrup Strap Leathers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $100.00 to $175.00 ( 3 / 4 Hr.)

9. Loop Stitched . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Each $ 35.00 ( 1 / 4 Hr)

10. Restitch Front Gullet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 75.00 ( ½ Hr)

11. Redye and Set . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $145.00


CUSTOM LEATHER PRODUCTS PRICE LIST

By Ed Mathieus

1. WALLETS: ROPER STYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $145.00
TOOLING FLORAL EXTRA

2. REGULAR MAN’S WALLET STYLE (START AT ) . . . . . . $125.00
TOOLING FLORAL EXTRA

3. PURSES: START AT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $375.00
TOOLING FLORAL EXTRA

4. BRIEF CASES (ATTACHE’) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $600.00
TOOLING FLORAL EXTRA

5. GUN HOLSTER ONLY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $135.00
TO. . . . . . . . . . . . $675.00

6. GUN HOLSTER AND BELT. . . . . START AT . . . . . . . . . $295.00
TOOLING FLORAL BID EXTRA TO . . .$2,500.00

7. SCABBARD START AT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $300.00
TO . . . . . . . . . . . . . $775.00 AND UP

8. TOOLING FLORAL BID PER JOB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

9. BELT STRIPS . . . . . . . . . . . 1 INCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . $20.00
1-1/4 INCH . . . . . . . . . $23.00
1-1/2 INCH. . . . . . . . . . $27.00
1-5/8 INCH . . . . . . . . . $30.00
1-3/4 INCH. . . . . . . . . $35.00
2 INCH . . . . . . . . . . . . $45.00

 

Teaching the Leather Trade

I do teach saddle making, saddle repair, saddle designing, silver design, layout patterns, All Styles, Horns, Ground work, and Configurations. For example, keep these areas in mind when you build a West Coast Cutter that there are standards on how the connectors attach even the groundwork. This holds true in 80% of these names: Ropers, Cutters, Ranch Cutters, Sorters, Barrel Racers and Reiners as in a Lomis or Lawson. There are special Features also in the “Wade” or “Afork” drop Plate rigging such as powder River Style to just plan full (5/8) rigged all different combinations. This can mean a Specific Named Saddle designed plus look.  My knowledge insures this and so much more.

In saddle design there are standards also for the Saddle to have a True Western look. There are measurements which if not adhered to ……..well, you have seen the bad results on that. I believe enough has been said.

Teaching Saddle Repair ……………
Now, if you want to be a true Saddle Maker and (sky’s the limit), this is where I say the foundation is built.

You will at least make a living while your years add up with knowledge; as well as paying your dues so to speak.  I myself learned in the following order: Starting in 1967 to 1970:

1) Saddle Cleaning and Conditioning – (6 months)
2) Saddle repair (used) – (6 months)
3) Saddle making (custom) One year, 1970 to Present  3600 Hour Diploma,
4) Saddle designing (custom) since 1970 to Present,
5) Teaching, New, since 1987 to Present,
6) Manufacturing, New, Cut room Tech, and finishing since 1990,
7) Teaching Manufacturing (New) and designing Rule dyes
8) Since 1990 Tree making and designing, and building.
9) Then teaching since 2004 to present.

(But) a few whom I’ve known teaching leather . . .

Name:Type:Location:
Frank McKayVoc-TechOklahoma
Ray (Shorty) StilesVoc-TechOklahoma
Kenneth HooverVoc-TechOklahoma
Melvin StocktonVoc-TechOklahoma
Ed NewmanVoc-TechOklahoma
Charles VeachSaddle StoreTulsa, Oklahoma
Billy Cook SaddleryVoc-TechSulphur, Oklahoma
Bill RobinsonVisalaVisala, California
Steve SchmitM. L. LeddyFort Worth, Texas
Brad FosterM. L. LeddyFort Worth, Texas
BrendaM. L. LeddyFort Worth, Texas
Werner SteckelbruckTriple Horn Saddlery
and here we are.
Waldfeucht, Germany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All have had a hand in my style and technique. There have been other saddle makers though whom I worked and exchanged teaching styles and techniques that are not listed. And there were saddle makers whom over the years just came by my store and shop and wanted to show me their techniques they use on a saddle I would be building. This happened with a saddle maker from Australia which (darn) I hope he reads this and sends me his name and photos of those Birds in his back yard. He showed me those pictures of exotic birds and I can’t get them out of my mind. His saddle making was very nice, Cutters, too! I cannot tell you how much enjoyment I’ve received in my trade.  It never gets boring. You must meet so many great folks and you get to work with history. When you are blessed to teach some day, then give it your all in teaching. You allow another to begin that learning cycle which never ends, “ Man or Woman………..teaching”. It keeps you sharp. Learning moves you forward, people make you smile.

Saddle Making & Saddle Repair Instructional Courses

Thank for learning more about our Saddle Making and Saddle Repair Instructional Courses.

So, you want to learn the leather trade?

 First, let’s talk about learning saddle repair. Saddle repair is my favorite skill that I recommend for a person to first learn in wanting to work saddles. Why? You not only can have the knowledge to repair, but you will have an open book before you in the repairs you do but, can you read it? If so, you will know what you’re working on is presenting a style and skill right there in front of you – hands on.  You just need to know the basic’s to read his or her work.
My “Saddle repair Course” teaches you hands-on skills and techniques. Some of your training will be in our shop while others may be done online.  By the end of the class, you will be repairing saddles as you demonstrate the following:

1.  The different Saddle parts, Tree knowledge

2.  Finding problems in used Saddle’s

3.  Saddle Repair, (Hands on – with me),

4.  Stitching hand and machine. I use Adler 360, Union Lock stitch and Table Model for Chaps and Tack,

5.  How to use tools and equipment related to a saddle- plus pricing your work,

6.  Pricing your work.

7.  Materials, general knowledge and where to order,

8.  Last, our Student / Teacher relationship will never end.

9.  This course runs (10) Ten Weeks, but some students learn faster than others and some just want as much repair knowledge as possible in10 weeks. As a student, you will demonstrate by hands-on knowledge gained during the steps in training.

10.Saddle Repair Course Cost: $2,700.00.

11.Tools recommended upon completion of the basic course will cost approx. $1,400.00 dollars. If you shop around, you can lower the cost of tools down to $800.00 – $900.00.

Saddle Making Course and Saddle Repair Courses
(Cont’d)

 I have been teaching saddle making and repair courses since 1988. The students were selected from many. I have always believed you must; well sort of meet a certain criteria. First, you must want to learn. Second, you must know this line of acquired skill is as Heritage and Western as it gets. Last, this form of Art is “a God-given Skill” you can earn; as well as, learn. I must say “This” weeded a lot of want-a- be students, out.

 But I had to be confident; you will do right and carry on a tradition. So far, I’ve been blessed with each and all students making their mark in business . With their ability to continue to learn and grasp knowledge is a greater way of thinking of what can I learn?  I observe students with an attitude of humbleness as they move forward in Western Heritage morals, and ethics that are deep rooted in saddlers. As you well know, I look for that hopefully to be in at least the beginning in my students as skilled men and women.

 So far, you guessed it………………they fill the ticket. In the following sentences, you are about to read, I will tell you how I teach and why I believe in this technique.

Saddle Making  Course Fee  and Approximate Tool Cost:

Custom Saddle Making Course Fee:  $4,700.00 (Plus Tools)
Course Time: 90 days and you will be hard pressed

We first will

(1) plan your Saddle; and

(2) You will learn Tree Specs.
Following Steps for the Custom Saddle Making Course:

1) First, you’ll learn saddle parts and where they fit with names which, in some cases have changed.

2) Horse anatomy in relation to saddle fitting and how-to directions.

3) Finding your way around leather tools and shop, learning to punch, cut, plus use splitter and skiving machine.

4) Also you will learn how to sharpen a straight knife, sharpen a round knife, and learn to sew with a machine, and skive leather.

5) You will cut leather, learn the thickness used in different parts of a saddle, and the firmness needed for strength in relation to the use of the saddle part you are cutting.

6) You will learn how and where to cut a saddle part from (Saddle Skirting Hides).

7) You will learn proper gluing and wet molding techniques; as well as, oiling, finishing, line stitching, lock stitching, and double stitching.

8) You will learn saddle types and uses in events; as well as, trees and their advantages and disadvantages.

9) You will build your own saddle which will belong to you on completion of the Custom Saddle Making Course and Saddle Repair Course.

10) Last, what tools you’ll need then we will talk shop, leathers, machinery, patterns – plus how to find information you might need.

11) Upon completion of the Custom Saddle Making Course and Saddle Repair Course,  Note: some of this class will be hands-on and others

will be through distance learning.  In this manner you will have the best of both worlds.

Lastly, remember I’m always an Email or Phone Call away to help and advise you.

ed@oakbrandleather.com

______ Ed ‘Oak’ Mathieus

Upon successful completion of our Oak Brand Leather saddler’s training course, you will be inducted into out OBL Saddler’s Club and presented with this OBL official certificate of graduation.

Notice your cert will have my professional mark of authenticity – my OBL maker stamp.

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