Tuesday 30 December 2014

Studio update

So it is time for another studio update, as you can see my Endurance Arabian is starting to get some colour, finished colour for this horse will be dapple grey. 

 Next to update is my custom Warmblood stablemate, this horse has seen a change in pace from canter to trot. It now displays an airy extended trot for dressage or equitation.

A close up of the feet shows the over-lap of the front and hind legs characteristic of the extended trot. 

Our Classic Warmblood mare is now ready for acrylic details.

Last but not least my Fjord has received a base coat and now ready for more colour. He will be a grey-dun Fjord. 

Saturday 27 December 2014

Finished Traditional Sized Tooled Western Pleasure Saddle

Here it is, my first Traditional scale western saddle shown on Harley D Zip. I like how it turned out and the scale is much more easier to work with than Classic but I still have a soft spot for Classics as these were the scale I grew up making tack for as they were cheaper. I added a few silver details to this saddle but my focus is on the tooling. This was my first extensively tooled saddle and I am pleased with the results. Here are some close-ups:

One last picture of the other side:

Keep your eyes peeled, I may offer this one up for sale.

Sunday 21 December 2014

First Traditional Saddle, leather prep work in progress.

So my last saddle gave me some experience with tooling which has given me the confidence to go all out on tooling this larger Traditional scale saddle. I chose a flowery design with a lined background, above is a picture of the design transferred to my leather and ready for carving. 

Here are some progress shots of the finished carving stage, ready for beveling and other tooling. 

 Once beveled, the pieces begin to look like below:

The final stage is dying and finishing.

Now, my leather is ready for assembly, more progress pics to come. 

Tuesday 16 December 2014

Fjord project ready for paint and a new Classic sized western saddle

Here he is, my Classic Andalusian Stallion to Fjord Gelding is now ready for a fresh coat of paint.

It has been a fun project so far but I am glad he is almost complete. Some more progress has been done on my Warmblood SM custom as well:

I am still refining her legs and finishing the tail but the project is coming along.

In other news, I decided to make another Classic sized (1:12) saddle, this one is the first saddle that I have tooled. Here is a work is progress shot and the finished product on both sides:

Wednesday 10 December 2014


Hey all, sorry for the lack of posts in the last week, I have been busy preparing for my big Christmas market this year with Yellow Bird Acres' pet food and accessories. I have a few new products debuting this market like these recycled belt dog collars pictured above. I have been able to make some progress on the horses though, my Fjord is very close to being finished with the sculpting process, just a little bit left to do on the tail.  Here is a view of it from behind:

Another view from the side:

Here is a view of the mane from above:

I have been able to slap a little bit of colour onto my Endurance SM, this horse will be a grey:

And my SM Warmblood is also taking shape, she has legs now and the beginnings of a tail:

Wednesday 3 December 2014

Tuesday 2 December 2014

Fjord progress

So my Fjord customization project is coming along, he has successfully transformed from the Breyer Classic Andalusian Stallion:

To Marty from Madagascar:

To something vaguely resembling a Fjord horse:

A closer head shot:

The other side:

More progress to come.

Monday 1 December 2014

Studio Update

So, some progress has been made in my studio, slow but steady. Above, you see the most recent progress on my customization of a Breyer Classsic Andalusian Stallion to a Fjord. The body has taken its final shape and now I am sculpting the head. Below is my progress:

Another project in the works is my first original sculpture. Here is the progress:

My Stablemate Warmblood is now trotting and beginning to receive legs:

The Endurance Stablemate is prepped and ready for colour:

As well as our little scratching foal: