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Old 08-05-14, 09:59 PM   #1
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Leather 'weight' for recovering old saddles?

I have an old San Marco Rolls that I'm thinking of trying to replace the threadbare old leather on. Unfortunately, I have yet to track down any local sources for leather, and may have to order something online.

Do any of you who have undertaken this sort of project before (or just know leather), have any suggestion of what "weight" leather to use on a saddle of this sort? I'm enough of a neophyte that I can't visualize what 1 oz. leather is versus 3 oz. leather, and don't want to order a bunch of the wrong stuff.
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I found this poking around last night. It may give you some ideas. A Great Vintage Show Ad - All Services - USA - New Jersey - Lawrenceville - New Leather for Old Saddles
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They to be garment weight leather. Go to Salvation Army store and buy an old leather jacket with enough unseamed area to cover your saddle.
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Old 08-08-14, 11:32 AM   #4
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I successfully covered a saddle with leather from a discarded couch.
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No, that's my page. I do Brooks type saddles, a thick piece of leather on a metal frame. Leicanthrope wants thin upholstery leather for a padded saddle.
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They to be garment weight leather. Go to Salvation Army store and buy an old leather jacket with enough unseamed area to cover your saddle.
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I successfully covered a saddle with leather from a discarded couch.
That might work. But older leather, such as what you'll probably get on worn out furniture or clothing, is likely somewhat dried out and will not stretch well enough for the job. I'm sure you can make it work, as Grand Bois did, but it will be easier to do a good job with new leather.

I would go to Home - Springfield Leather Co. Inc. and ask an expert.
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The problem I had was too much stretch. I pulled too hard, expecting it to spring back somewhat and it didn't. It just stretched out. It took me a couple of tries to get it right. I was more gentle with it the second time. The leather was green and I decided I didn't like it and threw it away. I used 3M spray adhesive.

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After searching and coming up empty at various local arts & crafts stores and fabric stores, I eventually bought a large leather scrap on ebay. Try seating for "leather remnants." You will find various sizes, colors, and flavors. Some of the old Rolls saddles were made with bull leather, iirc.
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I've bought some two foot square 1.5 to 2 mm thick leather from Peggy Sue at Tacoma Glove, and been very satisfied.
It is very good stuff.

12" by 20" Black Leather Cowhide Top Grain Divine 2 5 oz 1mm 12"x20" Peggysue | eBay
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are we talking about putting leather on top of existing seat or leather? Or are we talkign about bare metal and this ebay leather stretched across it? i have an old ideale 90 with rock hard and broken leather id love to bring back to life
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are we talking about putting leather on top of existing seat or leather? Or are we talkign about bare metal and this ebay leather stretched across it? i have an old ideale 90 with rock hard and broken leather id love to bring back to life
An Ideale 90 is a 'leather' topped saddle, need to send that to Rudi (member RHM, see his post above or his page at A Great Vintage Show Ad - All Services - USA - New Jersey - Lawrenceville - New Leather for Old Saddles for the top to be replaced. A Rolls saddle, original post - has a thin leather covering.
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Plastic shell, covered with glued down thin leather.
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One ounce leather is 1/64 thick. 3 ounce is 3/64ths. Four ounce is 1/16, etc.

You can't order exact thicknesses but usually, a range. Like, 2to3 oz. 3to4 oz.
The upholstery leather from Tacoma Glove in the link above would be good stuff to use.
1.5 to 2 mm.

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I used a piece of 'Chamois' from the car care section. dyed it after I was done , with shoe dye from the shoe repair shop.
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