I love a new challenge, and I decided to take some photos along the way while making this Australian Light Horse tack set. I have a few notes for the next time, but I'm very pleased with how this came out for being a first attempt.
This set produced a lot of first for me, one of which being a partially exposed tree that had to be real wood and metal. The second was an Australian style saddle, which I have managed to never make in my 8 years of serious tack making.
After making a pattern I was happy with, I started making my tree with two carved down pieces of Balsa wood. It's a lightweight and flexible craft wood, but next time I'll be using a harder wood and carving more shape into it I think.
The next step was to fasten the billets, which are similar in style to US Cavalry sets.
Looking a tad more comfy... but not for the horse.
Step one of finishing the panel, adding two layers of tight woven felt, and then trimming them up to look uniform.