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3B Visalia-style saddle

The Sunflower - named for the tooling theme - gardens around customer Marcie are almost always surrounded by big, beautiful sunflowers.

I tried for a lighter-colored finished leather for a good contrast with the dark horse.

3B Visalia-style old-timer saddle

Custom, handmade wood/rawhide tree from Rod Nikkel
3B fork - 3-1/2" stock thickness
5 " Taylor cantle, 40 degrees and 1" dish
Pencil roll cantle binding
5/8 single ring "spider" rigging
All-leather ground seat
Bronze hardware from Herb Bork
Hermann Oak skirting, Big Horn latigo
Cantle binding stitched with coad-waxed Irish linen
Standard cast aluminum stirrups
Weight fully loaded 28 lbs

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