Saddles Bits Spurs Leathercraft Items Handmade Things

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Handmade Things II by Bruce Cheaney Saddles Bits Spurs and Leathercraft Items.

This is a sampling of things I make from custom made saddles to handmade bits and spurs and all kinds of leathercraft items and projects.

A very “Special Thank You To Roy Fulton” for the Guitar backing track. I love that guitar playing of Roy’s.

Index of; Handmade Things II by Bruce Cheaney Saddles Bits Spurs and Leathercraft Items

0:24 Handmade Cowboy Spurs by Bruce Cheaney

0:27 Little Lannies Ranch Cutting Horse Saddle

Horse Bit

Horse Bit

0:39 Handmade Horse Bits for Roping and Cutting Horses

0:42 Leather Handmade Guitar Strap by Bruce

0:47 A Custom Made Saddle for Kim B. for Team Roping

0:49 Custom Made Guitar Strap for Chad Henderson

0:55 Custom Spurs – Handmade by Bruce Cheaney

0:57 Sage’s Custom Made Wade Saddle

1:01 A gun rack made for Craig using antique parts like old wooden Hames and solid bronze Anchor Brand spurs

1:05 Leather guitar strap

1:07 Leather Tools that I use for making things by hand

1:09 Buckstitched western belt

1:11 Handmade steel concho with nickle and copper hand cut acorn

1:13 Handtooled Belt

1:15 A group of handmade western belts stamped and tooled by Bruce Cheaney

1:17 Handmade folding pocket knives made by Bruce Cheaney and Chris Uselton

1:19 Reining horse saddle

1:21 Bryan’s custom made roping saddle

1:29 One of my handmade mechanical hackamore bits

1:32 Antique finish leather guitar strap made by Bruce Cheaney

1:35 Matlock Rose Mechanical Hackamore Bit with Mouthpiece made by Bruce Cheaney

1:39 Horse bits in the making

1:41 Bushcraft Knife

1:45 Roping saddle made for Greg

handcrafted spurs

handcrafted spurs

1:51 The Rebar spurs project custom made spurs from a piece of steel that came from a demolished buiding in Dallas Texas

1:54 Handmade spur rowels

1:56 Shanks welded onto the heel bands

1:59 Another look at Kim’s custom made roping saddle

2:01 Knife sheaths in the making

2:03 Will James Ranch Saddle for Lynann

2:09 Floural tooling

2:13 Handmade steel and silver saddle concho

2:19 Handmade mouth pieces made to fit a Matlock Rose Mechanical Hackamore Bit

2:25 Bruce Cheaney’s Makers Mark

2:31 Longhorn skull steel and silver handmade conchos for Karen’s cutting horse saddle

2:33 Karen’s roughout cutting horse saddle

2:35 Handtooled western belt made for “DOC” Evans

2:39 Handmade pocket knife sheath

3:43 Saddle parts to Sage’s Wade Saddle

Handmade Spurs

Handmade Spurs

2:51 Handmade Spurs

2:55 Handmade spurs start to finish by Bruce

2:59 Handmade Wade Saddle by Bruce Cheaney Custom Saddles

3:05 This is what the Rebar spurs look like after they were finished

spur strap buckles

Spur Strap Buckles

3:09 Handmade buckles and spur straps

3:11 Makers Mark

3:19 Roping Saddle Custom Made

3:21 Dina Special Roping Saddle Made by Bruce Cheaney Gainesville, Texas.

3:26 A picture of the saddle shop

3:27 Rust colored padded seat machine stitched seat pattern called a quilted seat

3:31 Trevor’s custom made roping saddle full tooled and carved by Bruce Cheaney

3:34 Outside the saddle shop in Gainesville Texas

3:35 Roping Spurs Handmade for Josh Little

3:41 Thanks to Roy Fulton for the Guitar Playing Backing Track

Handcrafted Spurs

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Handmade Things 1

Spur Making DVD

Handmade Things Like Bits and Spurs, Custom Saddles Leathercraft

Article and Video by Bruce Cheaney

You can pretty much make what ever you put your mind to. If you have a strong enough will and patience and are willing to put the time into studying and research and have the right hand tools you can make some beautiful handmade items, I call them Handmade Things.

This video shows you some handmade items that I have made like custom made saddles, handmade bushcraft knives and even handmade buckle sets plus much more. Each time I make something by hand I analyze the piece and see how I can improve on the next handmade piece I make.

I like working with leather and tooling and carving it as well as shaping and forming it. Leathercraft is a way of life for me and that is where I started out. Then as time went by I got interested in metal working like making Bits and Spurs, knives and silversmithing.

You can pretty much pick out a niche and get going with it and do very well and when it is time to learn something new go for it.

Saddles, Bits and Spurs, Knives and Axes handmade by Bruce Cheaney Gainesville Texas. Custom made saddles handmade start to finish all hand cut and fitted using the best materials available. Each custom saddle is made one at a time by myself, custom orders only made to the customers specifications.

To keep things exciting I do metal work like horse bits and cowboy spurs as well as a few knives and bushcraft axes.

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Handcrafted spurs in the making with Bruce Cheaney spur maker

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Handcrafted spurs made from steel and heated and formed and ground into shape using a belt grinder and a variety of sanding belts to blend the welds.  The first step is to shape the heel bands of the spurs then pair up a pair of Handcrafted Spursspur shanks using a pattern of the desired shape onto the steel and scratch it in so it can be ground down using a 2″ X 72″ belt grinder/sander.  Once the spurs shanks are profiled they are welded to the formed heel bands.

The welder I use is a Miller Tig Welder Syncrowave 250DX and it make a very nice bead and is very strong.  After the shanks are tig welded on it is time to blend the welds and that is done by using and abrasive wheel to reach in the tight spot around the shank of the spur and once the weld is smoothed up it is time to use J-Flex belts from Klingspor to further smooth the heel bands and spurs shanks up to a point where you cannot even tell the shanks are welded onto the spurs.

The picture to the right shows the handcrafted spurs in the middle of the blending process next the spurs will be sanded with the J-Flex belts and the grits are 80, 120 and 320 and that will clean up any scratches and blemishes so I can go onto the next step which is cutting the slots for the hangers and loops.

The loops that the hangers go on are actually peened with a ball peen hammer while they are hot so they flare out and fill the chamfered hole and will stay put.

Here is a spur making video clip that will bring you up to date on the progress of these handcrafted spurs.

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