The Schwarz Saddle: The Tree

The foundation of all saddles is, of course the tree. I’ve been using Warren Wright trees almost exclusively since 1992. Warren has made over 5000 saddle trees since 1969. This has been done with no sophisticated duplicating equipment. Warren has continued to refine his trees, yet he still uses the traditional hand tools of the trade…spoke shaves and rasps among them. The wood used for the majority of the tree is old growth fir from the American west coast and his forks are laminated for strength. Warren’s rawhide work shows a mastery of a very difficult medium. He uses a minimum number of nails and the fewest number of seams I have ever seen in my years as a saddlemaker.

Here’s a short video to view