The Working Saddler's HandbookHardback
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- Publisher: J.A.Allen & Co Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 210mm x 24mm | 621g
- Publication date: 31 July 2001
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0851318061
- ISBN 13: 9780851318066
- Illustrations note: 80 colour & b&w illustrations
- Sales rank: 442,849
Keith Savory has been a practising saddler for over thirty years, producing saddlery and bridlework for both UK and export markets. In The Working Saddler's Handbook, he has gathered together invaluable information on techniques, tools and materials, as well as difficult-to-source measurements, conversion information and technical tables. Profusely illustrated with over eighty colour and black and white photographs, plus clear technical illustrations, the book provides fascinating glimpses into the history of this ancient trade as well as examining the influence of modern technology and the introduction of new techniques and modern materials. Although the author envisages this book as a supplement to, rather than a substitute for, practical training, he sees it as an indispensable bench companion 'dog-eared and grimy from constant use'. Students and apprentices, as well as master saddlers and anyone connected with the saddlery trade, will welcome this essential handbook.
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Keith Savory was apprenticed to a saddle maker at the age of 15. On completion of his training, he was awarded the Certificate of the Worshipful Company of Saddlers on the recommendation of the Society of Master Saddlers. He worked as a journeyman saddler for some five years and then joined the Army, serving with the Royal Signals. Later, he read for his BA (Hons) degree at Southampton University and then returned to the West Country to set up his own business. Here he carries out a wide range of tasks, from saddlery and heavy horse harness repairs to advanced bridlework and design and manufacture of new and customized livery. Keith has substantial experience and contacts in the trade, both in UK and export markets. In his spare time he undertakes restoration and cataloguing of historic harness and saddlery for a local heritage centre.