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Anyone DIY carve a cambium?

Old 09-04-18, 12:43 PM
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Anyone DIY carve a cambium?

I have DIY carved a Brooks b17 to great success due to several threads here on the subject. Wondering if anyone has DIY carved a Cambium and if there would be issues with the cloth separating from the rubber.

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Brooks offers a factory-carved version of the Cambium C-17:


https://www.brooksengland.com/en_us/...her-black.html

Or did you have something else in mind?
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I have a noncarved c17. well aware that they make a carved one. don't want to buy a new one
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Well, it's your saddle, so feel free to carve away.

If it were mine, and I felt a need for a cut-out, I'd probably just sell the non-cut-out one and buy the factory cut-out version.
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Well, it's your saddle, so feel free to carve away.

If it were mine, and I felt a need for a cut-out, I'd probably just sell the non-cut-out one and buy the factory cut-out version.
That would make the most sense.

However if I were to do it I would probably use a very very very sharp knife and be very very very careful not to hurt my hand as I ordered a new saddle with the carve. Why void the warranty to do something that could potentially ruin the saddle. I have a feeling maybe you could cauterize the edges and maybe not be screwed but I don't have any need to take that risk.
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I did a DIY cut on a B17 to get an imperial..based on lots of posts here with people doing similar...looks and works great. just trying to see if anyone had done the same with a cambium.
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Old 09-06-18, 08:20 AM
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I can't imagine how one could carve a Cambium by hand without ruining it. Carving leather on a B17 is entirely different.
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It sounds like a great idea.
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Remove the rubber by unscrewing the bolts with a torx bit, wrench, from the frame and have at it..

I'd say a oval die with a razor sharp edge, and a high powered punch press
like production Leather companies use, to make a hole in 1 swift blow is the way to go.

Then apply a thin leather covering , (pigskin is good for getting wet and dying often, )
over the rubber/cotton wrapping over edges, especially the new one you just cut ,
then screwing all the "rivet look" bolts back in..
NB; you need to keep them tight , they can fall out,

a big bother, yes.. but you will be proud of your time spent on doing it,
and saving a buck.



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